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Family Therapist

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata if part time
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to be part of something special that enables you to make a difference to the lives of young people in Sheffield? Do you want to be part of a wider team of Family Therapists committed to developing skills and supporting each other continued professional development across mental and physical health services? Do you want to join us in widening the presence and influence of systemic psychotherapy across services in Sheffield? And are you passionate about working to support service delivery in the public sector? If so, we have a range of exciting opportunities especially for you!

We are seeing to recruit two part time Band 7 Family Therapists. One in Sheffield Community CAMHS (0.8 WTE), and one in Amber Lodge Day Care Facility (0.6 WTE). Both of these posts will be based at our Becton Centre site. We welcome applications from candidates currently in qualifying level training.

We are also keen to offer a creative approach to these roles and consider split posts for candidates interested in working across different areas, for example posts working into both Amber Lodge and Community CAMHS. These posts are also available on part time and flexible basis, with 0.6 WTE as a minimum working requirement to allow candidates opportunity to fully engage in team life.

Main duties of the job

These posts will include the provision of specialist systemic therapeutic interventions and contribute to other modalities and assessments. The successful candidates would be welcomed into skilled and experienced multidisciplinary teams in each setting, including clinicians from a wide range of disciplines. Our teams work closely together, enjoying the ability to share expertise and resources to deliver a first-class, high-quality service.

A systemic culture is well developed in the Trust, and this role will include opportunities to take an active lead in supervision and service development. We welcome creativity and a fresh perspective.

About us

Sheffield Children's is one of three independent, specialist paediatric hospitals in the country, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We are fortunate here at Sheffield Children's to have a large cohort of systemically minded colleagues, from Systemic Family Practitioners to Family Therapists across a range of different positions within Trust. You will join a diverse team of Family Therapists who are actively involved in innovative practice, research, teaching, including involvement in leadership internally and within local and national Family Therapy forums, as well as having strong links with family therapy training and other education providers locally and nationally.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision to create a healthier future for children and young people.
  • Outstanding patient care
  • Brilliant place to work
  • Leader in children's health

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Personal Specification for full details regarding the main responsibilities.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and accurate data capture is an important part of that to ensure we are supportive and representative. Our aim is to ensure that all applicants can see themselves in the available categories on our application form, but we recognise that some of our data capture fields are not inclusive. We have flagged this with our system provider to ask for change.

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are continually reviewing our recruitment & selection process to support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. If you have any ideas for improvement, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert at

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:
  • Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect
  • Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility
  • Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion
  • Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification



  • oPostgraduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession and demonstrable practice over a minimum of four years.
  • oMasters/Doctoral level qualification in Family Systemic Psychotherapy or equivalent
  • oRegistration as a systemic family therapist with the UKCP


  • oPost-qualification training and accreditation in a specialised area of psychological practice



  • oMinimum four years practice in relevant first profession (in Health and/or Social Care settings)
  • oExperience of working and communicating with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course in particular with children and young people, as well as work with family groups and adults, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse.
  • oExperience of a wide variety of child & family clinical presentations across the full range of severity and care settings
  • oExperience of working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • oExperience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.


  • oExperience of representing family therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • oExperience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings, including inpatient care.
  • oExperience of working in different cultural contexts.



  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of assessment intervention and management with children and adolescents with complex and significant mental health problems frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to children of all ages, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • oRelevant master's level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • oSome knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.


  • oWell-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. eating disorder, dual diagnoses, severely challenging behaviours etc.)



  • oAbility to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • oAbility to identify, and employ as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • oExperience of multi-agency working
  • oAbility to self-manage within a busy and often emotional clinical environment


  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


The Becton Centre

Sevenairs Road


S20 1NZ

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