Family and Systemic Psychotherapist - Recruitment Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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The permanent posts are eligible for a £1500 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £500 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £1000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. This will be pro-rata for part-time posts. Internal applicants are not eligible.

The Central Core CAMHS Team provides an outpatient service offering evidence-based treatment approaches to children and young people up to the age of 17 who present with mental health difficulties and their families/carers. The service also works closely with our local home-based services and Tier 4 services.

The post-holder will also lead in developing innovative approaches to family therapy practice which are shown by evidence to improve outcomes.

We are seeking to appoint a skilled and experienced family therapist with a genuine interest in working with young people and their families and a commitment to delivering specialist assessments and evidence-based interventions. We are keen to hear from individuals with relevant training and experience.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop family and systemic work within a CAMHS setting. The post-holder will be offered the opportunity for continued professional development within a well-established multi-disciplinary service. Our service has a strong commitment to professional development through individual supervision, training, appraisal, and an ethos of close multi-disciplinary working.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified highly specialist systemic family therapy service to clients.

This post provides a systemic overview of the family approach to the treatment of complex mental health disorders. The post-holder will be responsible for co-ordinating, developing and delivering a variety of family and systemic interventions.

These interventions are highly specialised, reflecting an expectation that the service will continue to develop innovative practices that are based on collaboration between clinicians, service users and carers, and commissioners of the service.

There will be opportunity to take part in teaching on the PG Certificate Course for Systemic practice run by Anglia Ruskin University as well as teaching in-house. The post holder will provide clinical supervision to Band 7 locally employed family therapists and colleagues using systemic approaches in their practice.

The post holder will be responsible for this process by researching new practices, understanding and applying evidence-based approaches both in relation to family treatments and in the involvement of service users and carers.

The post-holder will be expected to offer advice and consultation on clients' care to all colleagues and to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for any trainees who are doing systemic therapy training in designated training posts, as well as offering supervision to anyone in Core CAMHS doing their clinical hours for Year 2, and when requested, to offer supervision to other family therapist in the Trust.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Models behaviours that treat others with dignity, respect and compassion.
  • Listens actively and respectfully to others (active listening, nodding, eye contact).
  • Identifies and challenges unacceptable practice of peers and colleagues respectfully, and takes appropriate action to resolve.
  • Improves the quality of services e.g. someone is waiting, I will ask them if they have been seen etc.
  • Treats individuals with respect and kindness (eye contact, smiling etc.)
  • Works in partnership and collaboration with others; respects their rights and promotes equality at all times.
  • Responds to an individuals situation, needs and preferences, and does not stereo type people
  • Develops trust with service users and colleagues through delivering what they say they will and having a flexible approach to their work
  • Responsible for the delivery of a full range of family treatments to all patients. These treatments may include the following systemic psychotherapy interventions;
    • Conjoint family therapy (all family members present in the room at the same time, plus patient and other members of multi-disciplinary team).
    • Separated family therapy (i.e. parental counselling and individual systemic counselling running in parallel).
    • Multi-family group therapy
  • The post holder is expected to participate in assessments of patients referred for treatment and to consult to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues regarding the family treatment component of each patients care. Assessment of family interactions and formulating how these are connected to diagnostic factors will be a key component of the post, influencing the direction of treatment and recommendations for appropriate family interventions.
  • To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of systemic assessment and formulation and treatment outcome, in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To assist in the management of the team caseload.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.
  • To provide appropriate care for clients not engaged in treatment including: psycho-education, liaising with other professionals, engaging in treatment including using structured approaches such as motivational interviewing, risk assessment, health promotion and crisis intervention.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • Responsible for maintaining video equipment and for training colleagues in the use of this.
  • As a senior member of the staff team the post-holder is expected to contribute significantly to the resolution of conflicts between staff and the maintenance of a well-functioning multi-disciplinary team.
  • To contribute to the teaching of all staff as required and to teach on the Post Graduate Certificate run by Anglia Ruskin University if asked.
  • In common with all Systemic Psychotherapists the post-holder will be responsible for ensuring that they receive regular clinical supervision and continuing professional development, in accordance with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy/Association of Family Therapy requirements and good standards practice guidelines.
  • To participate in the weekday and weekend daytime on-call CAMHS rota.

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • M.Sc./Post-graduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy/Family Therapy.
    • UKCP registered family therapist.
    • Additional qualification in a related profession (e.g. social work, nursing, psychology).
    • Current safe-guarding training
    • Relevant specialist training in adolescent mental health disorders
    • Advanced training in supervision
    Experience Essential
    • Substantial post-qualifying experience (approx. 4 years) as a systemic/family psychotherapist working in health care or social care setting
    • Substantial experience of working with children, adolescents and families with complex mental health problems.
    • Experience of supervising other mental health professionals.
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
    • Ability to work co-operatively in a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Previous employment in a related health or social care post.
    • Planning and delivering teaching to health and/or social care professionals.
    • Involvement in a variety of systemic psychotherapy interventions (e.g. conjoint family therapy, parental counselling, group therapy).
    • Experience of planning and applying service developments
    • Relevant experience of working collaboratively with service users and carers in the development of patient/client-centred services
    • Familiarity with research methodology
    • Involvement in strategic planning of services
    • Experience facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary staff groups through the application of systemic models
    • Relevant experience as a senior staff member
    • Experience across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
    • Of current, evidence based, stepped care models of care as detailed in NICE guidance.
    • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
    • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
    • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised systemic therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)
    • Generic supervisor competencies as detailed in Children's Division clinical Governance Report.
    • Knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and ASD and learning disability including specific child protection and risk issues relevant to this group of CYP.

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