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Family Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are recruiting to a newly funded which is available on a part time or full-time basis within the Tier 3 CAMHS services in the London Borough of Kingston, Merton, and Richmond

For this role there will be an emphasis on enabling young people to transition from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to Adult Services, a focus on young people aged 17 and upwards. This role offers an exciting opportunity for a knowledgeable clinician with experience of working with young people and their families to work at the interface of CAMHS and adult services, ensuring that the young person is supported. Undertaking assessments and interventions, risk management and liaising with mental health counterparts will all be part of this innovative new role.

Main duties of the job

The role will be based one of our Tier 3 CAMHS teams who support young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties. The post holder will need to develop strong links with Adult Mental Health services. The post holder will provide consultation, care co-ordinate with adult services, as well as offering some assessment and evidence-based interventions when required by the service.

This is an exciting new role and will include regular opportunities for individual supervision to support your development. You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team and will have regular opportunities for support and training.

This post offers an opportunity to develop this new CAMHS transition's role. In some boroughs you will be expected to work closely with the equivalent adult transition worker role who will be working with young people aged 18-25 in adult mental health teams. There may be some scope to deliver some joint work for families.

The Trust is committed to supporting flexible working, including a blended approach of on-site and home-based video conference working. At Band 8a, there are a large supportive group of family therapists working across the Trust, and an opportunity to attend a regular peer supervision group in addition to individual supervision in line with supervision requirements.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a qualified highly specialist service with an emphasis on provision for 17-25, their families and transitions from Childrens Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to Adult Mental Health Services.
  • To work within the CAMHS Tier 3 services to enable transition of young people from Child to Adult Services with an emphasis on those with complex emotional and relational difficulties that require input from Adult Mental Health Services.
  • To achieve this the post hold will work closely with CAMHS colleagues and Adult Services. The role will include work with young people and families to be involved in that transition and care planning and is part of a wider transformation programme meeting the needs of young people who access mental health services.
  • Liaising with Adult mental health services and will attend regular meetings with the relevant adult services across the borough. providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non- professional carers
  • Working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist under the domain of Clinical Psychologist OR Qualified Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) via the College of Family Couple and Systemic Therapy, and post-graduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession with demonstrable practice over a minimum of four years.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees.
  • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach.
  • Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality.
  • Further training in a recognised evidence-based psychological therapy.
Experience Essential
  • Consolidated experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and in-patient settings.
  • Consolidated experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of service development or of a leadership role.
  • Experience of conducting research
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing appropriate to a variety of audiences.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of potential to provide collaborative team leadership.
  • Knowledge of UK legislation in relation to the health and welfare services to children and adolescents and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, children with complex problems etc).

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