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Highly Specialist Systemic Family Therapist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Highly Specialist Systemic Family Therapist - The Darwin Centre - Band 8A (Part time - 30 hours per week)

We are seeking talented and experienced staff to work within our Inpatient Unit. We currently have a vacancy for a Highly Specialist Systemic Family Therapist at the Darwin Centre

The Darwin Centre embraces a whole team approach to delivering a therapeutic service for younger people from the age of 12 - 18 years.

It will be a fantastic opportunity for an inspiring individual that wants to enhance their knowledge and skills within a young person inpatient setting.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified highly specialist systemic family therapy service. This post provides a systemic overview of the family approach to the treatment of complex mental health disorders, in particular eating disorders.

The post-holder will be responsible for co-ordinating, developing and delivering a variety of family and systemic interventions. These interventions are highly specialised, reflecting an expectation that the service will continue to develop innovative practices that are based on collaboration between clinicians, service users and carers, and commissioners of the service.

The post holder will be responsible for this process by researching new practices, understanding, and applying evidence-based approaches both in relation to family treatments and in the involvement of service users and carers.

The post-holder will be expected to offer advice and consultation on clients' care to all colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

The post holder will also be accountable for their own professional actions and will need to interpret broad occupational policies (i.e. commitment to a family approach to treatment, involving service users and carers at all levels of treatment and service development).

To supervise others in the field of systemic therapy.

About us

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our team prides themselves on compassion, teamwork and resilience.

The Service will be based at the Darwin Centre, our Tier 4 CAMHS Inpatient Unit.

The Team will offer a full induction package.

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation, and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring, and compassionate person who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country.

In return we offer

A competitive progressive salary

We cover the cost of your DBS Check (�44)

Competitive staff benefits such as weekly offers and discounts

Individual Personal Development Plan and Career Progression

Excellent pension scheme available

27- 33 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)

Free parking

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Responsible for the delivery of a full range of family treatments to all patients. These treatments will include the following systemic psychotherapy intervention
  • Family Based treatment model
  • The post holder is expected to participate in assessments of patients referred for treatment and to consult to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues regarding the family treatment component of each patients care. Assessment of family interactions and formulating how these are connected to diagnostic factors will be a key component of the post, influencing the direction of treatment and recommendations for appropriate family interventions.
  • To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of systemic assessment and formulation and treatment outcome, in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To assist in the management of the team caseload.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.
  • To provide appropriate care for clients not engaged in treatment including: psycho-education, liaising with other professionals, engaging in treatment including using structured approaches such as motivational interviewing, risk assessment, health promotion and crisis intervention.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To act as care coordinator, responsible for the formulation of the care plan and the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs. Coordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • Responsible for maintaining video equipment and for training colleagues in the use of this.
  • As a senior member of the team the post-holder is expected to contribute significantly to the resolution of conflicts between staff and the maintenance of a well-functioning multi-disciplinary team.
  • In common with all Systemic Psychotherapists the post-holder will be responsible for ensuring that they receive regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development, in accordance with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy/Association of Family Therapy requirements and good standards practice guidelines.

Person Specification



  • M.Sc. or equivalent qualification in Systemic Family Psychotherapy/Family Therapy.



  • Previous experience as a Senior Systemic/Family Psychotherapist working in a related health care or social care setting



  • UKCP registered Family Therapist.

Employer details

Employer name

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust


Darwin Centre



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