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Systemic Therapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Lowestoft, Suffolk
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Gross Per Annum
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
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Full Time
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We have recently been commissioned to pilot a new community outreach team which aims to support Children and Young People (CYP) under the age of 18 who are reaching crisis and at risk of repeat presentations to acute hospitals / A&E services or who may otherwise require an admission into an inpatient facility.

The aim of this new pilot team and the wider system is to prevent CYP from being Inpatient admissions wherever possible, and to support them in the community. The team will serve as a gateway in and out of Tier 4 (T4) provision so CYP will be able to access T4 provision / support without the need for admission. This is a significant change in both the clinical offer and culture.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Systemic Therapist to join our new Outreach Team, working alongside the existing clinical teams across the newly established Specialist Services Care Group which is committed to supporting staff helping families and young people thrive.

The newly established Specialist Services Care Group provides inpatient and community services for children and adults needing specialist mental health assessment, care, and treatment. As an organisation we are absolutely committed to strengthening and creating real opportunities for learning, improving, and working creatively.

Main duties of the job

The Systemic Therapist will need to be to work flexibly with the multidisciplinary team to provide intensive therapeutic interventions to a select caseload of patients. The role will include assessment, formulation, and systemic intervention to young people and their families and clinical responsibility for complex cases, providing support to colleagues via individual and group supervision and consultation.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate Trust values in delivering care to others. They will be expected to work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, contribute to weekly clinical review meetings and care planning, and be expected to support reflective practice within the team through formulation, consultation, supervision, and training. There will be an opportunity for facilitating groups and/or support other clinicians in the delivery of group-based interventions. The post holder will participate in reflective practice to support the learning culture of the programme, promote best practice and an effective team ethos.

It will be quite a challenging environment at times, so we need clinicians with a positive attitude, compassion, resilience, and a hands-on approach. It is vital that the clinician is reflective around issues of power and difference, see the importance of working across systems, and can do that effectively. We can accommodate some flexible working in line with the service need. There will be a requirement to be able to travel independently.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly, and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Benefits included with this role are: -
  • NHS pension
  • Agile working opportunities
  • Comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Generous Relocation/Removal Package
  • Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • Staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

We provide clinical supervision, specialist training and opportunities for professional development. We aim to nurture staff development and are passionate about improving standards and user experience.

Our Care Group includes:
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis Service
  • Eating Disorder Service
  • Perinatal Mental Health Service
  • Dragonfly Unit (adolescent in-patient ward)
  • Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The role of the Systemic Therapist will be committed to the pilot Community Outreach team; however, the overall skills will be seen as an extension of the existing Dragonfly MDT. The Dragonfly Unit opened in September 2016 and has been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission for the last 3 years, and recently received full accreditation by QNIC. Search | Norfolk and Suffolk NHS (

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set, candidates may only be given a minimum of 3 days notice, please note this date is provisional and may be subject to change. You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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For further details / informal visits contact:

Please contact either: Karen Ezobi, Deputy Lead Nurse and Outreach Lead at: E: T: 07810853710 orKaren Newberry, Matron at E: T: 01502 527400.

Person Specification
  • Postgraduate qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession
  • Masters or Doctoral level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Training in teaching Systematic Psychotherapy

  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by UKCP/AFT guidelines

  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stresses of others
  • Able to provide services in a variety of environments as meets the needs of clients and contracted work
  • Ability to support development of profession though participation in professional bodies and activities

  • Working with people with acute and enduring mental health problems and Learning Disabilities.
  • Awareness of legislative framework for Children and Young People (including the Mental Health Act

  • Able to travel independently

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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