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Systemic Practitioner

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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  • To contribute to a high quality specialist family therapy service to service users and families with complex emotional and mental health needs as part of the All Age Eating Disorder Service.
  • To provide specialist assessment, formulation and therapy within the service.
  • To offer advice, consultancy and supervision, under supervision of the Senior Family Therapist, and support the work of colleagues providing care and treatment, according to expertise.
  • To work with the Senior Family Therapist to provide training to a range of qualified and unqualified staff across mental health areas, as agreed.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.
  • To be involved in service developments, as appropriate.

Main duties of the job

Post is based in Ormskirk

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Systemic Practitioner (SP) (AFT approved CYP-IAPT or Intermediate Level) to join a busy and well respected All Age Eating Disorder Service. We are excited to be able to offer this additional post that has been generated as part of the ongoing transformation of the service.

The successful candidate will be based in one locality and expected to deliver high quality systemic interventions to families, young people and adults as well as contributing to the broader aims of the service.

You will benefit from an enthusiastic and supportive peer group of existing SP's and a multi disciplinary team across the service.

Please note: This post is subject to an enhanced DBS Clearance. As part of the pre-employment checks, successful candidates will be required to pay for their own DBS check at a cost of £50. Deductions will be taken from the first 3 months salary.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification in a mental health or social welfare discipline or agreed Association of Family Therapy (AFT) equivalent. Postgraduate training in Systemic Practice to enable the title of Systemic Practitioner - namely completion of either 'AFT approved' Intermediate Level Systemic Practice Training or CYP-IAPT in Systemic Family Practice. Registration with the appropriate regulatory body for core profession.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of methods of Systemic Practice/ family based assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. High level of relationship and communication skills to work with clients, families and/or professionals where the atmosphere might be both pressured and emotive. Well-developed skills in the ability to comprehend and communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information in a manner appropriate to a range of settings and audiences, including complex emotive situations and those with impaired communication capacities. Ability to liaise with and utilise analytical skills to manage complex professional meetings, networks and processes in relation to individuals and families. Knowledge of and skill in using the variety of approaches and methods within systemic practice (i.e. social constructionist, narrative, solution focused, etc.) as required to work with individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations. Ability to provide ongoing treatment in complex, unstable and frequently changing circumstances. Skills in contributing to systemic consultation, teaching and training to other professional and non-professional groups. Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. Knowledge of other modalities (i.e. psychoanalytic, medical, behavioural, etc.) sufficient to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients. Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to mental health and the full range of client groups. Evidence of Continuing Professional Development as required by UKCP/AFT guidelines Knowledge of conducting literature searches and critically analysing clinical and research evidence. Knowledge of research methodology consistent with systemic practice. Knowledge of ethical practice, mindful of issues of power and diversity, and to work in a way that is sensitive to clients' cultural backgrounds. Knowledge and skills of risk management and ability to perform a clinical risk assessment. Capable of taking substantial professional responsibility and acting autonomously in respect of clinical decisions in the area of specialist practice. Knowledge and application of standardised assessments and outcome measures.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial practice in relevant first profession. Minimum of 12 months experience of working as a Systemic Practitioner and embedding systemic skills in a clinical setting since finishing intermediate training, under the supervision of a suitably qualified Family Therapist. Experience of running groups, particularly with parents, adolescents and children. Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team. Experience of providing consultation to staff in systemic approaches. Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems.

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