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Family / Systemic Psychotherapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Systemic Family Therapist to join the Haringey Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Team, as part of a supportive, reflective and creative psychological therapies team, with the aim of providing the timely delivery of innovative and evidence-based psychological interventions by appropriately trained and supervised staff. We are informed by the current evidence base and by best practice guidelines.

This post will be located in the Haringey EIP Team, which currently provides holistic and recovery-oriented secondary mental health care to adults in Haringey who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. In addition to the direct clinical work, the post holder will also be expected to play an important role in ensuring that all aspects of care in the EIP team are systemically informed.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the post will include:
  • providing family assessment and interventions in line with theevidence base and NICE guidelines
  • offering advice and consultation on familywork to referrers, staff of the psychosis services and other, non-professional, carers
  • providing supervision on family work to members of multidisciplinary teams, totrainee family therapists, and to other professionals and non-professional carers
  • providing training in family work
  • being actively involved in additional service education/training initiatives as specified by the Psychological Therapies Lead
  • being involved in service audit and research relevant to family work within the service, as specified by the Psychological Therapies Lead.

About us

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

The postholder will need to be comfortable working in an environment of complex matrix management arrangements and will at all times behave and align with our Trusts' values and cultural pillars:
  • We are kind
  • We are respectful
  • We work together
  • We keep things simple
  • We empower
  • We are proudly diverse

In order to meet the needs of the new Partnership services you may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust. The Trust reserves the right to require staff to work at such other places or locations as it considers reasonable and necessary on a temporary or permanent basis.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description and person specification attached for full details. If you require any further information, please use the contact details below.

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Registrations


  • Professional qualification in social work, psychiatry, psychology, nursing (mental health nursing and other nursing specialities which require a counselling role), occupational therapy, speech / language therapy or counselling that meet AFT Training in Family Therapy Entry Requirements
  • Further AFT-accredited qualification in family therapy / systemic psychotherapy or equivalence meeting the UKCP criteria for 'grandparent' and 'APEL' qualification as systemic psychotherapist.
  • Current membership / registration with UKCP as systemic family therapist / psychotherapist

Skills/ Abilities


  • Skills in the use of a range of methods of family assessment, intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health services, including challenging behaviours
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Experience of working with clients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of family work in different cultural contexts
  • Significant previous relevant clinical experience and family work experience in adult mental health contexts
  • Well-developed knowledge of different current approaches to family interventions for people with psychosis and other severe mental health problems
  • Knowledge of human growth and development, mental health and illness
  • Knowledge of statutory frameworks, including child protection
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by relevant regulatory and professional bodies


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Significant previous relevant clinical experience and family work experience in adult mental health contexts
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health

Personal Qualities


  • An ability to form good working relationships with colleagues in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • An awareness and sensitivity to the experience of diversity in the work setting.
  • An ability to read and hear about trauma.
  • An ability to respond professionally and sensitively to service-users who are anxious, angry or distressed
  • An ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines in-line with service needs.
  • An ability to work safely, independently and reliably
  • An ability to seek help when needed and communicate effectively with supervisors and managers
  • Interest in working with people presenting with first episode psychosis
  • Flexible and positive approach to changing circumstances
  • Willing to engage in training to meet the needs of this client group
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Ability to recognise signs of stress and seek the appropriate support
  • Ability to identify own developmental needs and take responsibility for personal development

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Orchard House, St. Ann's Hospital

St. Ann's Road


N15 3TH

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