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Systemic Family Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a.
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a Systemic Family Therapist to work across our Forensic Services and Poole CMHT. The post is permanent and there is an initial 2 year pilot to develop systemic services across both teams. Both services have a strong history of working with families and we are keen to further develop this area of expertise and there is a funded business case for the development of a small systemic team, which you will help to develop and lead. Within the CMHT there is a transformational plan already being implemented which is prioritising families and systems with members of staff being trained in Open Dialogue.

Along with the strategic development of the service, the clinical aspect to the post will involve working with a range of families and individuals who are currently using our services across a range of inpatient, and community settings. There is strong managerial and clinical support for this post and the work is highly valued. There is opportunity to have regular contact and CPD systemic colleagues inside and outside of the organisation.

The organisation has strong links to the MSc Family Therapy course at the University of Exeter, and the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Courses at the Universities of Southampton and Exeter, both of which offer Foundation and Intermediate AFT accreditation as part of their training.

You will be joining well-established teams who value supporting each other to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Main duties of the job

With support of other senior clinicians, you will take a strategic lead in developing and leading the systemic family work service within the forensic service and Poole CMHT. The work will cover a low secure inpatient service, a community forensic team and a CMHT.

You will work clinically in an inpatient and community setting with individuals with complex mental health problems and their families, to deliver high quality systemic assessment, formulations and interventions. The post is embedded into comprehensive multi-disciplinary teams.

You will be required to identify training needs and provide supervision for staff as necessary. You will be aware of the need to prioritise the health and wellbeing of the team in order that they feel supported in their work.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do, and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities, and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion, and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Person Specification

Educational / Qualifications


  • Post graduate qualification in appropriate mental health/social care profession
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Eligibility for UKCP registration


  • Registration as clinical supervisor
  • Training in Multi-Family Group Therapy



  • Excellent communicator, organised and able to contribute to the development of a service


  • Experience of developing Systemic family therapy services

Additional Requirements


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

Personal qualities


  • Positive approach to diversity/non-discriminatory practice

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


St Ann's Hospital

69 Haven Road


BH13 7LN

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