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System Family Therapist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are offering an exciting opportunity to join our specialist multi-disciplinary team dedicated to supporting children, young people, and their families dealing with suspected or diagnosed eating disorders (ED). In this role, you will play a vital part in delivering our services, providing assessment, formulation, and treatment both in clinic settings and in service users' homes.

Your responsibilities will include collaborating with other professionals, advocating for the use of psychological approaches, and contributing to the development and promotion of a psychological perspective within our service. You will also be integral to the enhancement of our specialist ED pathway, working closely with local community teams, paediatric departments, and inpatient psychiatric wards.

Main duties of the job

To contribute to the delivery of the eating disorders treatment pathway, including working from a clinic base and to offer interventions in family's homes, community setting and in-reach to wards, as required.

To assist in the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care, to the benefit of all people that use the service, across all settings where care takes place.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management of young people.

To attend and contribute to appropriate multi-disciplinary meetings and attend clinical meetings.

To communicate effectively and sensitively with service users, their families and carers, other professionals, and agencies, and to maintain a high degree of professionalism.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.

To ensure that all communications are recorded in the Electronic Patient Record care management system in a multi-disciplinary team.

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of your own work including the management of patients in your care. To ensure a high standard of clinical care for the patients under your management and to support junior staff to do likewise.

To accept responsibility for a designated caseload of patients, and to organise this effectively and efficiently regarding clinical priorities and use of time.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide supervision for Family Therapist colleagues.

To offer systemic supervision to the CEDS team members if appropriate, when appropriate to client's presentations and requests.

Responsible for planning and undertaking teaching and training in relevant systemic and psychological approaches and models team members and colleagues from other disciplines.

To provide consultancy service to community teams, Outreach team, inpatient teams, and other agencies if appropriate.

To develop knowledge and skills in work with young people with eating disorders , their families/carers and contribute to the on-going development of the CEDS service.

Person Specification



  • Professional postgraduate qualification in a mental health or social welfare discipline or agreed Association of Family Therapy (AFT) equivalent.
  • Postgraduate qualification in family/systemic psychotherapy.
  • Registration as a Systemic Psychotherapist with UKCP or equivalent body.


  • Specialist training in supervision that has led to approved clinical supervisor status.
  • Specialist Training in teaching Systemic Psychotherapy.



  • Experience of working with children and young people presenting with an eating disorder, and their families/carers.
  • Experience of working with a multi-disciplinary Team.
  • Experience of supervising staff in systemic approaches.
  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Systemic/Family Therapy theory and skills to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.


  • Experience of designing and implementing research projects.
  • Experience of the application of systemic and psychological therapies in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within service development projects.
  • Experience of using family-based treatment with eating disorders.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Foundation House

Wellsprings Road




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