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Highly Specialist Systemic Family Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy, developing service which has a systemic underpinning, offering NICE concordant systemic therapy for eating disorders as its core intervention. You will provide specialist multi-disciplinary assessment and expert clinical interventions to children and adolescents with eating disorders, and their families. There will also be opportunities for the post holder to contribute to ongoing service development potentially focusing on emotion dysregulation and / or less common feeding and eating disorder presentation pathways and / or working with children and families with complex needs or with safeguarding concerns.

The CYP-Community Eating Disorders Service is a multidisciplinary team providing a community out-patient service to the five boroughs served by SWLSTG. The service has close links with the in-patient specialist eating disorders unit (Wisteria Ward) on site, outpatient consultant paediatric care provided on site as part of the MDT, and brief inpatient paediatric care at nearby St George's Hospital. We are an expanding, highly specialist team, combining expertise in CYP eating disorders with specialist mental health provision for young people. This is an exciting time to join the service as New Models of Care for CAMHS in the South London Partnership provides exciting opportunities to be involved in innovations in care for children and young people across the partnership.

Main duties of the job

This is a Band 8a post, however, applications will be considered from those more recently qualified for appointment at Band 7 as a preceptorship post.

Appointment at band 7 preceptorship level will include:
  • A professional and clinical development plan to support the post holder to develop the knowledge, skills and experience required at band 8a.
  • Dedicated funding to support continuing professional development.
  • A review of the post holder's knowledge skills and experience at 18-24 months and where appropriate interview for progression to a band 8a position.

Suitable applicants will have experience in a CAMHS setting and have good knowledge and skills related to NICE concordant treatments for eating disorders and common co-morbid disorders such as OCD, depression and anxiety. In addition, applications from systemic family therapists who have experience of working with children and families with complex needs or with safeguarding concerns would be welcomed.

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 specialist psychological assessments to children who are referred to the Team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the child or young persons care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of the mental health problems of children and young people who are based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of their problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological and psycho-educational interventions for individual children, carers, families and groups, within and across teams including community settings employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options for children and their families in conjunction with other professional colleagues, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, group or system.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan for the children.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all children, across all settings and agencies serving this client group.
  • To undertake mental health risk assessment and risk management for individual children and young people and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To act as mental health care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA including the children, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care. This includes organising case conferences and professional network meetings where appropriate.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

  • 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 working with eating disorders
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
    • Experience of service development or of a leadership role.
    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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