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Family Therapist

Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Cheshire and Merseyside Adolescent Eating Disorder Service (CHEDS) is a regional outpatient/inpatient service offering evidenced based treatment approaches to 13 - 18 year olds who present with an eating disorder, and their families / carers. The Service has strong links with Ancora House, and the trust has close research links with the University of Liverpool. The service also works very closely with locality eating disorder spoke teams within the CWP CAMHS.

We are seeking to appoint a Family Therapist to join our multi-disciplinary team. The successful candidate will participate in the delivery of specialist interventions to improve the health outcomes for young people and their families who present with eating disorders. The post is full time, but we would be open to considering part time hours. The post will be a band7/8a depending on experience.

Main duties of the job

This is an excellent opportunity to develop skills within a specialist setting and to be part of the development of an evidenced based service. There is a strong commitment to professional development through Appraisal and the provision of individual supervision.

Experience of working with young people and their families / carers with eating disorders within a specialist setting is desirable. Experience of working as an autonomous practitioner within an outpatient multi-disciplinary team is essential.

About us

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you.

Visit our 'Working for us' pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide Outstanding for Care (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trusts Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking aValues Based Interview/Assessment,which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A Guide to completing your application form can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trusts Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the essential criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer YES to the question: Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme? Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies. Please see attached Update Service Applicant Guide document for further information.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

If you experience any technical difficulties or need help when making an application please contact our Recruitment Team on 01244 393100 and quote the vacancy reference number.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate/ doctoral level qualification in family and systemic psychotherapy recognised by DOH and AFT
Knowledge and Expertise Essential
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of family and systemic psychotherapy
  • Knowledge and Skills of a range of models in the assessment and treatment of child mental health including specific family and systemic theories and evidence base
  • Knowledge and skills in effective communication, 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.
  • Knowledge of the relevant clinical research literature and ability to apply it to field of child mental health.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health, education and the children Act and Child protection.
  • Know about different models of family work and evidence base for family therapy.
  • Working knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one other specialist psychological therapy.
  • guidelines and models of working with young people with eating disorders
  • Have an interest in academic links and research.
Experience Essential
  • Generic and discipline specific mental health assessments and treatments of children and families across a range of ages
  • Formulating and devising treatment plans for a range of presentations. Including both short and long-term treatment approaches.
  • Working autonomously with families providing an assessment and treatment service
  • Contributing to multidisciplinary team meetings and co-working assessments and treatment within clinic-based settings
  • Case managing families requiring longer term family and systemic psychotherapy.
  • 2 years experience in CAMH.
  • Experience of providing a culturally sensitive service.
  • Experience of working with young people with eating disorders.
  • Working autonomously within community settings.
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of the delivering of groups.
  • Experience of delivering consultations to staff working in non CAMHS settings who may not have child mental health backgrounds.

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