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Systemic Family Therapist Community Adult Eating Disorders Service

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is a great opportunity for a highly skilled Systemic Family Psychotherapist to join a well-established and experienced Neds Adult Eating Disorders Team.

The post holder will need a sound knowledge and experience of the needs of adults and their families who present with a significant eating disorder and how to apply systemic practice in their treatment. The evidence-based intervention is FT-AN and it would be helpful for the post holder to have knowledge of this intervention.

The post holder will work alongside colleagues within the MDT to provide evidence-based treatment to the adults and families throughout Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire county who present with a significant eating disorder. The MDT meet on a weekly basis to consider referrals into the team; discuss assessments and for complex case discussion, of which the post holder will contribute to this and bring their systemic expertise to support the team processes and reflections.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will offer specialist assessment and treatment for adults who present with a significant eating disorder. They will provide liaison, consultation and support to other agencies and work closely with our partners and inpatient units. The post holder will be supported to take on a leadership role to ensure service development and provide leadership cover when required to support the service lead. They will offer support and supervision to more junior colleagues, students, and trainees, in return the post holder will receive systemic supervision from colleagues within the Trust.

NEDs in Nottinghamshire are developing an exciting Systemic Family Psychotherapy offer with opportunities to develop and access further training, such as systemic supervision. Colleagues within the Trust are offering a 'live training team opportunity' for those currently undertaking the MSc in Systemic Family Psychotherapy. Within the Trust we have a reading group for those interested in systemic thinking and practice and now have colleagues who have completed the CYP IAPT SFP training. The service is involved in developing 'Family Therapy Training Posts' and it is hoped that the post holder will be able to contribute to the training programme and help colleagues understand the importance of systemic thinking and practice, particularly within the field of Eating Disorders

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities
Role Purpose:

To provide highly specialist systemic psychotherapy service to adults referred the Nottinghamshire Eating Disorders service (NEDS). To ensure direct specialist assessment and therapy for adults and families. Providing family therapy and systemic advice, consultation and clinical supervision for a range of team members. To undertake clinically relevant research/audit and specific clinical activity or lead roles that support the Team Leads in developing the service.

Role Context:

The post holder will work within the Nottinghamshire Healthcare specialist NEDs Eating Disorders (ED) Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) as advertised. The post requires close liaison with a broad range of other disciplines and agencies including health, education, social services, voluntary agencies, and care systems. A key aspect of this post will be to provide support through supervision and consultation to staff within the team and across other services. The post holder works autonomously within UKCP registration and Association for Family Therapy (AFT) guidance and the overall framework of the NEDs MDT service policies and procedures.

Person Specification
Physical requirements
  • Ability to work in variety of environments

Qualifications - Academic / Craft / Professional
  • Masters (MSc) qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or AFT accredited equivalent (usually academic study, assessed clinical training and supervised practice including the full range of models within systemic practice and life span development). UKCP registration

  • Training in other relevant therapeutic modalities
  • Leadership (qualification/recognised training)
  • Qualification in clinical supervision recognised (by accrediting body)

  • Trained in delivery of clinical supervision
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • To have undertaken statutory child safeguarding training

  • Training specific to the needs of adults/ young people with a mental health disorders Leadership training/qualification
  • Teaching training/qualification

Contractual Requirements
  • A full UK driving license and vehicle for business use is required for this post; however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010

  • Relevant practice in first profession plus clinical experience as above.
  • Experience of working with adults,children, young people who have mental health difficulties/diagnoses and their families
  • Experience of working with diverse service user groups.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working in a family therapy setting or service and reflecting team approach.
  • Experience of consultation and or training to primary care/ other staff supporting adults,children and their families

  • Experience of working across a broad range of care groups including adults, children within the community, developmental difficulties including LD & ASD and or physical health needs.
  • Experience of Leadership of teams and clinical staff.
  • Experience of Clinical supervision of qualified and trainee Family Therapists/ Systemic practitioners

  • Knowledge of the theory and practices of specialist family therapies and clinical supervision as practised within the field of systemic psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of approaches or models of working relevant to adults e.g., attachment models, parenting approaches
  • Knowledge of guidelines/policy informing best practice within mental health services for adults, children and families
  • Knowledge of research and models of good practice that inform direct and indirect working
  • Knowledge of evidenced treatments when working with adults with a mental health disorder

  • Skills in using complex methods of specialist systemic assessment, formulation, intervention, and clinical management in a range of contexts frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration and maintaining a restricted position for long periods .
  • Ability to exercise autonomous responsibility making clinical judgments in highly complex, challenging and emotive situations interpreting Trust policies and working within professional guidelines
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, interpersonally, 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.
  • Skills in liaison with other agencies and in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Broad knowledge of relevant theories and practice in child development and child protection, including relevant legislation in the field of mental health, adults, children and families
  • Developed skills in the understanding, processing and resolution of ethical issues
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice
  • Physical skills for manipulation in use of video/audio recording equipment/IT

  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate at interview that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork

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