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Band 8b Senior Systemic Psychotherapist-Barton Hill Settlement

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
At AWP Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) we are keen to recruit a dynamic and experienced Senior Systemic Psychotherapist for our Lead Role in the Eating Disorders service. You will be working in the CAMHS Eating Disorder Service, with a range of stakeholders in a fast paced and changing environment.

You will work closely with our participation leads to ensure we keep the voice of young people, parents are carers at the heart of all that we do.

The post holder will provide inclusive, compassionate and effective leadership to the Eating Disorder service by setting a clear vision and direction. You will be responsible for the strategic and operation delivery of the community Eating Disorder team and the home Intensive Treatment Team.

AWP CAMHS offers a range of services alongside the Eating Disorder pathway and has had significant investment and transformation. The service is affiliated with Exeter University and offer training places and supervision for a number of courses.

When you join us you join an organisation that celebrates diversity, where your wellbeing is aided and where you will be supported on your career path to fulfil your potential.

In you are interested in a development opportunity with CAMHS we welcome an informal conversation prior to applying.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide inclusive, compassionate and effective leadership of the ED service by setting clear vision and direction
  • To lead an entirely autonomous and systemic area of responsibility, Specialist Eating Disorder CAMHS pathway for young people with Eating Disorders often alongside severe and complex mental health difficulties
  • To ensure the service offers a highly specialist and evidence based triage, assessment and treatment for young people with an eating disorder across a range of complex systems and partner agencies
  • To offer an entirely autonomous highly specialist assessments and treatment of young people in the community and alongside local adolescent unit
  • To provide an advanced and specialist treatment role in the NICE recommended interventions for under 18's with an Eating Disorder
  • To undertake management/ leadership tasks as delegated by the manager including caseload, supervision, appraisals and service development
  • To undertake relevant research, teaching and lecturing in the specialist area of eating disorders
  • To support service development, including the use of clinical audit
  • To understand and analyse complex data for eating disorders alongside key performance indicators

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See attached JD and Person Spec for full details.

To ensure an autonomous highly specialist clinical assessment and treatment service across AWP CAMHS

Overseeing flow of referrals and that young people are seen safely and in accordance with NHSE and Trust guidance

To ensure that specialist eating disorder supervision and consultancy is provided to the service/LDU staff with regard to eating disorder assessment and formulation, and therapy interventions

To participate and ensure clinical supervision and caseload supervision arrangements are provided by the CAMHS Eating Disorder service

To provide an advanced and specialist treatment role in the service/LDU as agreed with the Head of ops CAMHS

To carry out specialist assessments as requested

To undertake investigations as appropriate to the service

To work closely with acute ward staff and ensure pathways of care for the physical and psychological well-being of the young person are effectively implemented

Due to the seniority of this post the post holder will be required to participate in on-call arrangements, after suitable training

To offer caseload supervision to Senior Systemic Family Therapy staff as delegated by manager

To carry out appraisals with eating disorder staff as delegated by the manager

To carry out operational/management tasks as delegated by the Head of Profession and Head of ops e.g. attending meetings to represent the service

To undertake data analysis and use data to inform service requirements

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • oMSc Systemic Therapy
  • o Registered by the UKCP
  • oAFT Registered supervisor
  • oRelevant Specialist training


  • CYP-IAPT Supervisor Training



  • oSubstantial post qualification experience
  • oExperience of Lecturing/Teaching/Training FBT/ Systemic therapists and other professions
  • oSupervision experience with Trainee FBT and MSc Systemic students
  • oSupervision experience with other professions
  • oCare Co-ordination or equivalent role
  • oR& D relevant to role
  • oClinical audit/Quality improvement work relevant to role
  • oService development/project leadership/ clinical leadership
  • oEvidence based therapeutic interventions with client group


  • Line Management of staff

Specialised Knowledge


  • oExtensive knowledge of specialist therapeutic interventions with Eating Disorders in young people
  • oSpecialist assessment and formulation skills for eating Disorders
  • oExpert in analysis and differential formulation of highly complex case information
  • oSpecialist training in clinical supervision
  • oExpert knowledge of NICE recommended intervention for Eating Disorders


  • oAbility to use computer spreadsheets for data analysis
  • oAbility to use computer software to perform specialist / advanced data analysis of clinical data

Skills & Personal Attributes


  • oEffective team player with good communication and liaison skills
  • oEmpathy/engagement skills with the client group
  • oAbility to cope with workload pressure/ prioritise workload
  • oAdvanced skills at engaging with/communicating sensitively to clients who exhibit severe problems of interpersonal relating

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Barton Hill Settlement

43 Ducie Road



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