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Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Pro Rata
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Family and Systemic Psychotherapist (Newly qualified)

Community locality Hub, Forward Thinking Birmingham

We are seeking a Band 7/ 8a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist to join our multi-disciplinary and dynamic Community locality team. We welcome newly qualified and/ or qualifying this year.

We have launched our brand-new band 7-8a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist preceptorship programme, with a structured support and development plan to enable you to progress to Band 8a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist role on completion of the required competencies.

Would you like to be part of a service which is innovative, forward thinking and committed to working with children, young people and families?

When you join us, you can expect:
  • Continued professional development which is actively supported by the senior leaders for the service and by the Wider Trust.
  • Monthly Systemic Practice and Family Therapy meetings.
  • To be supported in your role, opportunities to meet other psychological therapy colleagues within the trust for professional development and clinical updates.
  • To have links to our Trust internationally renowned Systemic Training Department and Programme which runs course at all levels from foundation to qualifying level training (MSc accredited by The University of Birmingham) as well as training in supervision (Advanced Diploma in Systemic Supervision).

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be joining a core community multi-disciplinary team within Forward Thinking Birmingham, which delivers mental health provision to children, young people, and young adults aged 0-25 and their families. Specialist services that wrap around the Core teams include Eating Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Early Intervention of Psychosis, Neurodevelopment and Personality Disorder and Complex Trauma.

The teams provide assessment, intervention and evidence based therapeutic treatment for a wide range of complex referrals and mental health presentations and associated relationship difficulties.

The main purpose of this role is to provide a highly specialist Systemic Psychotherapy service to a defined population, working within a framework of personal objectives, via membership of the designated service area. This service will be provided in an autonomous manner in accordance with any service agreements developed by the Family Therapy Department and based upon highly developed specialist knowledge.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specialist systemic assessment and intervention to children, young people, young adults and their families with eating disorders and mental health conditions as well as offering indirect clinical services such as advice and consultation to colleagues and other professionals.

Involvement in service planning and development, this will include identifying needs and participating in the development plan process.

Staff support and supervision, and facilitation of client related work undertaken by other team members.

Staff training.

Applied research and development related to the needs of the children and families served and the Family Therapy Department as a whole.

Participation in Clinical Governance activities including Continuing Professional Development.

Participation in the locality team operational policy, service planning and service review process at a level appropriate to the post-holder's grade and service responsibilities.

Subject to negotiation, the post-holder will be able to develop and pursue a special clinical interest of relevance to the locality or the Trust as a whole.

Where required to make contributions to the4-yearSystemic Training Programme which is academically validated by the University of Birmingham and professionally accredited by the Association for Family Therapy.

Person Specification



  • Masters/Diploma level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT accredited equivalent.
  • Post-graduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession and demonstrable practice over a minimum of four
  • Eligible for UKCP Registration


  • Training in other relevant therapeutic modalities.

Knowledge & Nature of Experience


  • Minimum four years practice in relevant first profession
  • Experience of working with children, young people and their families.
  • Experience of working in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working with different clients and age groups.
  • Experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of and skill in using a wide variety of systemic theories and evidence-based interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting.
  • Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients.
  • Knowledge of child development/ mental health issues


  • Experience of teaching, training, staff support, research
  • Knowledge of current developments in community mental health services for 0 - 25-year-olds.
  • Experience of working in CAMHS/0-25 setting
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting.
  • Experience of working with eating disorders
  • Experience of working in multi-cultural contexts
  • Experience of conducting research.

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of systemic assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration in the face of emotional intensity, and potential verbal and physical intimidation.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behavior.

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • Ability to work with a racially and culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working therapeutically in family homes.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation, ethical issues and strategic frameworks, and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management
  • Knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and their families with mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based treatment/practice in mental health
  • Broad knowledge of relevant theories and practice in child development and child protection including relevant legislation in the field of mental health, children and families.
  • Knowledge of child and adult safeguarding processes and procedures.


  • Specialist knowledge/training in evidence-based treatments e.g. FT-AN MFT FBT NVR DBT
  • Awareness/ Knowledge of the impact of MH on physical health and vice versa.
  • Knowledge and ability to contribute to research, audit, teaching and training.
  • Knowledge of research design, methodology and data analysis and ability to conduct research projects and audit

Personal Skills/Abilities and Attributes


  • Ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy using excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals, in accordance with professional ethics guidelines and Trust policies.
  • Ability to work autonomously, setting appropriate goals, in accordance with professional ethics guidelines and Trust policies.
  • Ability to manage working in situations of multi-level stress, e.g., client's experience of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, colleagues, organisational transitions.
  • Ability to communicate well and to form good working relationships with professionals at all levels.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Skills in using complex methods of specialist systemic assessment, intervention and clinical management in a range of contexts frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration and maintaining a restricted position for long periods.
  • Able to provide specialist therapeutic packages of care regarding a range of mental health problems within a community mental health service.
  • Able to work both independently and within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to provide specialist advice and consultation on systemic formulations and practice to colleagues in other disciplines
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in liaison with other agencies and in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to work in complex situations, to manage risk and deal sensitively with stress
  • Ability to maintain high standards of record keeping including electronic patient record system and reports.
  • Skills in presentation and ability to use a variety of multi-media materials.
  • Able to use supervision effectively.
  • Ability to use video equipment/IT for recording and reflective sessions in live practice.
  • Ability to contribute to the development and evaluation of the team's operational policies and services.
  • Ability to travel for work purposes, as this is a citywide service. Clinical appointments can take place virtually, in the HUBS or in community settings or patients' homes.


  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Advanced IT skills
  • Knowledge of current developments in community mental health services for 0-25

Other Requirements


  • Flexibility regarding working hours, including the ability to work some evenings if necessary
  • Car driver / car owner

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


: 1st Floor, Finch Road Primary Care Centre,

2 Finch Road, Lozells


B19 1HS

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