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Family & Systemic Psychotherapist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inc HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
26 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about improving the lives of children and young people with mental health difficulties or emotional disorders? Brent CAMHS needs you. Following successive innovative and transformative projects driven by strong leadership and organizational culture, Brent CAMHS has secured extra investments and funding to expand its workforce capacity. We are seeking for an enthusiastic and confident CAMHS Practitioner with a demonstrable track record of working within CAMHS, of providing high quality evidence-based interventions and service improvements.This role is suitable for a Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker, Child Psychotherapist, CBT Therapist or Occupational Therapist with the requisite professional registration.

Brent is a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse community, and we welcome applicants who are skilled at working within the richness and complexity of multiculturally diverse context.The successful applicant will be joining a comprehensive and dynamic CAMHS service, winner of 2024 CNWL Team of the Year award. We are located at Monks Park Health Centre, Wembley.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide family assessments of children and young people referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.
  • Formulate and implement Care plans for the treatment and/or management of the child/young person's problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings
  • Be responsible for implementing a range of family therapy. interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, grounded in the principles and techniques of systemic and family therapy. These will include long and short-term interventions as appropriate to need.
  • Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans .
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care in a community setting or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our young persons, colleagues, teams and the Trust.

To find out more about working in CAMHS please CLICK HERE for one of our CAMHS video.

With every new employee we are hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, emotional disorder,Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Enhancement Treatment, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. 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 when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a specialist family therapy service to children and young people with mental health problems across all sectors of care as part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS service. Providing specialist family therapy to service users and their families/carers and advice and consultation on their care to non-family therapy colleagues and the professional network involved in their support.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures. They will utilise research skills for audit to support policy and service development and undertake research within the area served by the service and of relevance to young people their families and carers.

The post holder will provide generic CAMHS assessment and intervention as well as providing specialist family therapy interventions and contribute to support plans for the care of children and young people with learning disability, young offenders, refugees and asylum seekers and eating disorders. They will also contribute to highly specialist assessments of children with complex mental health presentations such as ASD, OCD and Eating Disorders and support case formulation and treatment plans in line with best practice and evidence-based interventions.

The post holder will provide advice and consultation to non-family therapists in the service on family therapy and systemic interventions.

Person Specification



  • Ability to sit with clients/patients for extended periods of time, often within pressurised circumstances.
  • To have basic information technology skills.



  • First related graduate professional qualification i.e. social worker, psychologist, nurse
  • Post first qualification practice/clinical experience in a child care setting MSc Systemic Professional Qualification
  • UKCP Registration



  • Third sector / Social Care experience
  • Experience and understanding of the needs of a multicultural population
  • Providing consultation
  • Liaison with a range of professionals
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Research in relation to children and adults mental health problems
  • Teaching and training of systemic principles/skills
  • Experience of audit


  • Training in parent management
  • Experience of Group Work



  • Understanding of systemic theory and practice
  • Evidence base in relation to child mental health
  • The impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children and families
  • Legislation and DOH guidelines relevant to children and mental health
  • Child protection policies and procedures and understanding

Specific Knowledge & Skills


  • Flexible approach to therapeutic intervention
  • Experience of special needs children
  • Experience of working independently in the community
  • Previous experience of working independently
  • Experience of psychiatric illness



  • Skills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to multilayered complex cases
  • Ability to assess, including risk, and to formulate comprehensive assessment and offer a range of effective treatments based on systemic principles and act in accordance with Child Protection and Risk policies
  • 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
  • Capacity to work independently, but have the skills to recognise the need to consult to professional colleagues from the multidisciplinary team and/or other departments within CNWL or to external agencies
  • Ability to withstand high levels of emotionally charged situations
  • Ability to manage the risk of verbal and physical aggression
  • Developing of services
  • Ability to provide services relevant to diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to represent organisation to other agencies and to work with them
  • Knowledge of relevant research and practice developments within professional discipline of family therapy
  • Ability to communicate complexity verbally and in writing with relevant administrative capacity


  • Parent management training
  • CBT skills

Personal Attitudes, Aptitudes


  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach which considers the needs of the whole person



  • The post holder is expected to have had ongoing CPD since qualification

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust



Monks Park Health Centre



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