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Systemic and Family Psychotherapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum Inc HCAs
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Systemic Family Therapist to join our innovative Family Therapy Service in the Forensic Directorate. The post holder will join a team of Family Therapists who are part of the Psychological services and work across the Medium and Low Secure units and Forensic Outreach teams, ELCFS ( The East London Community Forensic Service ) and FindNEL ( Forensic Intellectual and Neuro-developmental Disabilities Service, North East London ). The Forensic Service has eleven medium secure inpatient wards and five low secure inpatient wards.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering specialist systemic interventions to service users referred to the Family Therapy Service. This will involve providing specialist assessment and psychotherapy to service users, their families, and to other non-professional carers. The post involves offering inreach services to service users approaching discharge, working with inpatient wards, new community teams, service users and their families. To assist the whole system to manage the transition into the community.

This is a split post and the successful candidate will be working across in-patient services and the community outreach team, ELCFS (The East London Community Forensic Service). ELCFS is multidisciplinary service, for service users in the process of and following discharge from the Forensic inpatient service.

Main duties of the job

  • Provision of specialist systemic and family psychotherapy services to service users and their families and /or carers within an inpatient setting and in the community.
  • To offer inreach services to service users approaching discharge, working with inpatient wards and community teams.
  • Facilitating systemic case discussions, co-leading formulation meetings, and actively participating in Risk meetings and seclusion reviews.
  • Providing systemic consultation for service user management, offering supervision, training, and guidance on psychological care.
  • Provision of Supervision and Management to Carer Peer Support Workers in the Community Forensic Service
  • To contribute to and participate in the teaching and training of staff members of the MDT in the community and inpatient settings on the principles of systemic psychotherapy. This is through methods such as offering live supervision in the family therapy clinic, joint work modelling systemic psychotherapy and teaching and training across the forensic directorate and to partners where appropriate (e.g. accommodation providers).
  • To contribute to service wide innovations, representing systemic family therapy (E.g. Trauma Informed care service, Inequality and Diversity Forum, Carer's forum, Recovery College for Carers).
  • To contribute and meet ELFT's Carer's Strategy, offering staff training, systemic consultation and supervision across the inpatients and community services, to be aware of carers and engage with carers effectively

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information, please kindly refer to the detailed job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate qualification in a mental health or social welfare discipline and demonstrable practice (or established equivalence according to Association of Family Therapy (AFT) criteria.
  • An AFT recognised Postgraduate qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy/Family Therapy.
  • Registration as a systemic psychotherapist with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or equivalent body.
  • Provide Evidence of Continuing Professional Development as required by UKCP/AFT guidelines leading to continuing registration


  • Postgraduate training in supervision of systemic and family psychotherapy



  • Substantial experience practice in relevant first profession. Experience of working with a Multidisciplinary Team
  • Experience in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems where there may be high expressed emotion, verbal abuse and threats of violence.
  • Experience of conducting risk assessments, preparing risks management plans and initiating appropriate action where indicated.
  • Experience of systemic consultation and supervision.
  • Experience of contributing or leading systemic knowledge and practice to service wide innovations


  • Experience of working in an Adult mental health setting in first profession or as a systemic practitioner.
  • Experience of working in a forensic setting.
  • Experience of working with Children, Adolescents and families.
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapies in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of working of working in the NHS.

Knowledge & skills


  • Skills in the use of methods of Systemic Psychotherapy / Family based assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • A high level of sophistication in regard to relationship and communication skills when working with clients, families and/or professionals, including where the atmosphere might be highly emotive with clients and families expressing anger and hostility.
  • An ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from other disciplines and in other settings including primarily CMHTs, in order to establish effective working relationships and partnerships that support care packages.
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to multi -layered complex cases
  • Ability to formulate comprehensive assessments and offer effective treatment based on systemic principles.
  • Provide evidence of continuing Professional Development as required by UKCP/AFT guidelines leading to continuing registration
  • Skills in providing systemic/Family Therapy consultation, teaching and training to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Knowledge and skills on working systemically with children, adolescents and families
  • Skills in both live and indirect supervision of systemic psychotherapists and/or multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Knowledge and skills of risk management and ability to perform a clinical risk assessment.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


John Howard Centre


E9 5TD

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