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Highly Specialist Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within Havant & Petersfield CAMHS for an experienced Highly Specialist Family & Systemic Psychotherapist. This is a permanent, part time post (22.5 hours per week).

We are looking to recruit a self- and relationally- reflexive clinician, who is highly motivated and has a passion for working creatively and collaboratively with children, young people and their families/ carers with severe and complex mental health problems.

Family Therapy is a valued provision in the team and wider service. The team has a working Family Therapy suite with an attached observation room and audio-visual equipment to support the delivery of a Family Therapy Clinic, which the successful candidate will lead and supervise. There is strong support from the Team Manager for the successful candidate to utilize their specialist Family & Systemic Psychotherapy skills and experience to contribute to the team, with only a minimal proportion of their job plan being allocated to more generic responsibilities. The successful candidate will also be supported by our well-established countywide Family & Systemic Psychotherapy group and have the opportunity to be part of the course team delivering the Foundation and Intermediate Systemic training.

If you enjoy being a part of a team, are creative, seeking a new challenge and want to make a positive difference to the lives of children & young people and their families, then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high-quality Family and Systemic Psychotherapy service to individuals, carers, families and groups, in line with best, evidence-based practice and trust care pathways.

To be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy.

To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.

To supervise Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Trainee Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Family and Systemic Practitioners, Trainee Family and Systemic Practitioners (including CYP-IAPT Systemic Family Practice Recruit to Train) and other staff as appropriate.

To provide Systemic Consultation to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users, across a range of agencies/ settings as appropriate.

To provide a systemic perspective and participate in multi-disciplinary team working, development and liaison.

To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team's operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • A recognised post graduate qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (or equivalent).
  • Accreditation in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
  • A recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions recognised by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT): Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatry, Teaching (with substantial counselling experience), Mental Health Nursing, Arts Therapies, Counselling (BACP accredited) Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language Therapy OR completed an AFT accredited qualifying level training IN OR PRIOR TO 2007.
  • Evidence of relevant continuing professional development.
  • Evidence of post qualification training in clinical supervision.


  • Evidence of recognised post qualification training in clinical supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy.



  • Substantial experience in mental health after completing core professional qualification.
  • Substantial post-qualification/accreditation experience of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (assessment, formulation and treatment), maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • A high level of competence in applying Family and Systemic Psychotherapy to complex difficulties appropriate for this therapy with the client group served by the post, and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy.
  • Experience of representing Family and Systemic Psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.


  • Experience of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings and client groups including both adults and children

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Oak Park Community Base

50 Leigh Road




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