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Highly Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year Inc. 5% HCAS Fringe, pa, pro rata.
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to advertise a band 7 Systemic Family Therapy post. To join our developing family therapy team which consists of a Lead Band 8a and another band 7 Systemic Family Therapist and help us to continue to grow and care for our client group and families.

You will be joining a dynamic, busy, and successful service and multi-disciplinary team within Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. We are a very reflective and supportive team and therefore very able to meet and surpass our local and national clinical targets, whilst still ensuring we put the young people and families at the heart of what we do. The Service is CARE Excellence Accredited.

We offer accessible multi-professional assessment and treatment services for children and young people with eating disorders registered in Surrey. The post holder will be contributing to multi-disciplinary reviews of outpatients and be actively involved in the development and implementation of agreed care plans. The post holder will participate in service-related activity including research, service evaluation and audit activities in addition to the supervision of other grades of staff as required.

Main duties of the job

You will have the opportunity to lead on projects in line with service needs and to fully develop your clinical skills. Excellent and robust supervision is in place (managerial and clinical) and the team also receives monthly staff support from a psychotherapist.

To provide timely assessment of children and young people who are referred to he specialist Eating Disorders Team and provide care planning and support for their care and create individualised treatment plans.

Deliver on the following key area and lead team functioning with particular focus on the following areas:
  • To provide high quality, specialist evidence-based systemic family therapy assessment and treatment to children and adolescents with eating disorders and their families and professional networks.
  • To work autonomously within the Association Family Therapy (AFT), UKCP and Trust guidelines.
  • To support audit and research activities and to propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team.
  • To support on outcomes and research with the 8a Clinical Psychologist and 8b Family Therapist and be fully cognisant in the NHSE Access and Waiting Times Targets and production of Outcomes Reports for NHSE, CCG's and SABP.
  • Through Triage, and close liaison with the Single Point of Access team, provide, early identification, management, assessment and intervention for CYP with eating disorders following AWT guidance.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of responsibilities please read the attached the Job Description for the Highly Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist role.

We are currently based in Epsom, however we are looking to open a hub in Aldershot in 2024 two days a week to be more accessible for all of the families and young people in Surrey. Full time or part time applications will be considered.

We are committed to providing flexible working patters to enable good work life balance. We currently work between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

If you are interested in this post, please contact either Dr Helen Le Vesconte, Professional Lead ( or Marta May (Systemic Family Therapist) by calling the service on 01372 216633

Person Specification



  • Current or imminent registration with UKCP
  • Current or imminent registration with AFT



  • Current or imminent successful completion of an MA in Systemic Family Psychotherapy



  • Minimum of 1 years' post graduate experience working in the field of child and adolescent Mental Health.


  • Experience working with eating disorders is preferable

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


The Meadows Day Hospital

West Park, Horton Lane


KT19 8PB

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