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Systemic Psychotherapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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It's a brilliant time to be working within adult eating disorders services because of the developments and additional funding.

You will become part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary team which prides itself on working with service users in the community, wherever possible avoiding inpatient admission. We are proud that we have our own day unit and have recently developed a FREED early intervention pathway as well as medical monitoring, MARSIPAN and an intensive community pathway, all to complement our existing multi-disciplinary team.

Come and join us!

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit a band 7 SYSTEMIC THERAPIST to our Adult Community Eating Disorders Service. We would like someone who is skilled and confident in working with families, ideally with some experience of working with people with eating disorders, and with a knowledge of or a willingness to learn other therapeutic modalities such as CBT, MANTRA or SSCM - the evidence based interventions for people with an eating disorder. There will be opportunities to run groups as well as to work closely with our senior systemic therapist.

If you already know you love working within this specialist field or if you would like to develop yourself, please fill in the application - we'd love to hear from you.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Job SummaryThe post-holder will work within the Adult Community Eating Disorder service. They will be part of a multi-disciplinary team providing a high standard of service to adults with a moderate to severe eating disorder and their families/carers.The post-holder will be autonomously responsible for assessing and delivering a high standard of family and systemic psychotherapy to adults and their families / carers with a range of highly complex emotional, psychological and physical problems.The post-holder will work within professional guidelines and under the clinical/professional supervision of a senior clinicians of their own core professionThe post-holder will provide clinical/professional supervision to trainees on placement, more junior staff and multi-disciplinary colleagues for the purposes of training and continual professional development, as agreed with Lead Family and Systemic PsychotherapistThe post-holder will contribute to research, audit and evaluation for service developmentThe post-holder will work closely with adult mental health services, inpatient and day patient colleagues and the whole MDT, and will liaise with professionals from other agencies as appropriate.

Job ResponsibilitiesClinical Responsibility To be responsible for a caseload and to work autonomously as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide systemic assessments, consultations and systemic psychotherapy for adults with eating disorders. To practise at a high level of clinical expertise and within relevant Codes of Practice and ethical guidelines, drawing on a wide range of models and techniques. To operate as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing an excellent eating disorders service, in line with NICE guidance and good practice. To be involved in the team duty system as required To support the members of the intensive community service and the day unit To conduct assessments of service users who want to come into the team to assess the presence of an eating disorder and whether the team is the best service to treat and support that individual To advise and work closely with the carers support worker To formulate a range of treatment options based on an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence e.g. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for Eating Disorders. To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes ability to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples and their families, extended families and people with mental health difficulties. To assess, plan and implement a programme of care for individuals with Eating Disorders and their carers and families, involving complex behavioural, emotional, psychological or mental health issues. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for all service users, including the protective and risk factors in the network of significant relationships. To develop, implement and manage systemic interventions within the service users context, employing evidence based practice. To contribute to family and systemic thinking in clinical discussions, ranging from team meetings to informal meetings and reflective practice To evaluate and adjust practices based on feedback. To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring provision of a care plan, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and reviewing of the service users care, ensuring the work of others involved is well informed and communicating effectively with the service user/ the carer/ professional as appropriate and monitoring the progress of multi-disciplinary interventions. To contribute to and develop skills in Clinical Governance. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health

Person Specification Knowledge, Training and Experience Essential
  • Qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession (e.g. nursing, psychology, psychiatry, child psychotherapy or social work) or equivalent, and demonstrable practice
  • Masters / Doctoral level qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Registered with UKCP
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Experience of working with people suffering from eating disorders
Areas Of Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Post qualification experience in a mental health team or related area or several years' experience prior to qualification with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with service users and their carers/families
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration
  • Knowledge of human development, mental health presentations and symptomatology and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Good general knowledge of the literature and research concerning eating disorders interventions with adults, and the clinical effectiveness of such interventions
  • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice in relation to mental health and eating disorder service users
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
Communication Skills Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to work therapeutically with service users and their families
  • Ability to work as a fully participating member of a multi-disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members contributions
  • Positive problem solving approach
  • Effective time management
Analytical Skills Essential
  • Ability to initiate service developments or be involved in service planning
  • Demonstrate skills in assessment and care planning of treatment using evidenced practice
  • Ability to risk assess and implement appropriate clinical plans

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