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Principal Systemic Psychotherapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 Per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a fantastic opportunity for a Principal Systemic Psychotherapist to join the leadership team at Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service, and work alongside Psychiatry, Nursing, Psychology, OT, and Lived Experience Practitioner colleagues to deliver service excellence.

The postholder will be the lead Systemic Psychotherapist for our all-age eating disorder service and will provide strategic leadership and vision for the development of systemic interventions within the service. In addition to direct clinical work you will supervise and develop our team of systemic psychotherapists, contribute to the teaching and training of others, and help promote systemic thinking within our organisation.

The ideal candidate has all-age skills as applicable to eating disorder treatment, including a knowledge of Family-Based Treatment for young people with eating disorders. Vincent Square is committed to the wellbeing, learning and development of all staff members and you will have access to CPD opportunities through the service and through connection with the of the Family Therapy professional group within the Trust.

Interested candidates are welcome to visit us, or can call Rachel Clancy (Head of Service) or Laura Fialko (Psychology Lead) for additional information.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users.

Main duties of the job

To work with the Eating Disorder Leads on behalf of the discipline as the Lead Family & Systemic Psychotherapist in the all age Eating Disorder Service

To provide highly specialist systemic psychotherapy with clinical autonomy and to work in ways which are sensitive to the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds, and to support others to do the same.

To ensure that effective systems are in place for the supervision, teaching, consultation, support and clinical governance of systemic family therapy work within the service

To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop work with families by providing highly specialist systemic knowledge and skills.

About us

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run. You can become a member by visiting our website.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them and new actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference.

We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBTQ+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

CNWL is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification documents which outline the roles, responsibilities, skills, knowledge and experience required for the post.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant field of social welfare or mental health and demonstrable practice over a significant period (or established equivalence according to AFT criteria)
  • Postgraduate qualification in family/systemic psychotherapy
  • Registration as a systemic psychotherapist with UKCP or equivalent body


  • Relevant training in delivering family / systemic psychotherapy within the field of eating disorders or complex cases



  • Substantial practice in relevant first profession (or established equivalence as above)
  • Significant practice of family therapy with clients who present with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience working with children and young people, parents and couples
  • Significant experience of supervision


  • Experience of other treatment approaches
  • Experience of family therapy within the field of eating disorders or other complex, difficult to treat client group
  • Experience of research and audit
  • Experience running parenting groups
  • Experience of policy development



  • Evidence base in relation to parenting issues
  • Research and research methodology at post-graduate level in relation to parenting issues.
  • The impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children and families
  • Child protection policies and procedures
  • Child development in relation to family and parenting issues
  • Other modalities (i.e. psychoanalytical, behavioural etc.) sufficient to engage appropriately with multidisciplinary team colleagues and their work with clients/patients


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of family therapy within the field of eating disorders
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to eating disorders and mental health
  • Publication or presentation of research in the field of eating disorders and / or family therapy



  • Advanced skills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems using a variety of approaches coherent with a systemic perspective.
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to multi-layered complex cases.
  • Ability to formulate comprehensive assessments and offer effective treatment based on systemic principles.
  • Ability to provide ongoing treatment in complex, often unstable, and frequently changing circumstances.
  • Ability to liaise with and manage complex professional networks in relation to individuals and families.
  • Ability to manage high levels of emotional distress and think clearly in emotionally charged situations. Ability to manage the risk of verbal and physical aggression.
  • Ability to manage and plan own workload.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills



  • Ability to adhere to and promote equal opportunities in the development of the service.
  • Willingness and ability to work in co-operation with others.
  • Physically able to withstand the effort of working in conditions of stress

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


South Kensington & Chelsea Mental Health Centre

1 Nightingale Place, Kensington & Chelsea


SW10 9NG

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