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Systemic Family Therapist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Erith, Kent
£45,024 to £50,806 a year pa inc
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic qualified Family Therapist to work in CAMHS Generic Team within the London Borough of Bexley.

The Borough serves a diverse population & the role is to support the continuing development of this team of community outreach CAMHS professionals, introduced in 2016 as part of Future in Mind transformation plans. Our vision is to create an integrated team moving away from service delivery based on traditional organisational/professional structures, but comes together to offer more joined up care pathways for children, young people & their families. We believe this will enhance the early identification of need & facilitate children &young people being able to access the right support at the right time.

Bexley CAMHS is a friendly, busy & thriving CYP IAPT service, regarded as an accessible & effective service. Oxleas provides mental health, learning disabilities & community services to the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley & Greenwich. The Trust & CAMHS have recently been rated as Good by the CQC & has a culture of supporting staff, whilst providing excellent services within a robust clinical governance framework. The child &adolescent systemic psychotherapy discipline is well regarded within the Trust & offers excellent CPD opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The post is open to a systemic psychotherapist with a Masters/Doctorate qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy, or equivalent & UKCP Registration.

The post holder will providing specialist mental health assessments to children young people and families. You will provide evidence-based, outcomes focussed interventions to children and young people with severe to enduring mental health difficulties.

You will also undertake a range of CAMH assessments and evidence based systemic interventions with a commitment to CYP-IAPT Principles. You will have the opportunity to be part of a Family Therapy Clinic and will also be part of a multi-disciplinary team. Experience of CAMH is desirable. You'll be supervised and supported by a Senior Family Therapist from within the service.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities
Key Task and Responsibilities

  • To provide a specialist systemic assessment of referrals of a significant and complex nature in order to formulate and implement plans for the treatment and/or management of a childs or adolescents mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence. To use routine outcome measures as laid down by the Trust.
  • To assess children, adolescents and their families as part of a risk assessment.
  • To consult to parents/carers (including foster parents) as part of a treatment plan.
  • To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples and their wider family networks, accommodated children and their network of care, children with learning difficulties, and children who are on the Child Protection Register, and parents with mental health difficulties. Competence is required in undertaking systemic therapy with families through the use of an interpreter where families do not yet have sufficient understanding of the English language.
  • To provide specialist systemic psychotherapy with clinical autonomy drawing on a range of models and wherever possible brief interventions. To practice in a way which is inclusive and considerate of the needs of each individual in the system including family members in their varying developmental stages and current emotional state.
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the child, family or group, and their difficulties.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of systemic psychotherapeutic interventions for children, adolescents and their families, including couples and groups, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses in reaching a formulation and treatment plan. Interventions may include family therapy, individual work, chairing professionals and network meetings, liaising with other agencies, observations of patients in different settings, and the use of a range of systemic models.
  • To exercise full autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, and formulate effective care plans in collaboration with the client and family. To undertake risk assessment and risk management relevant to individual patients, including protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships, and to do this using the knowledge of the multi professional context that is a mental health service for the locality.
  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop work with families by providing specialist knowledge and skills.
  • To provide specialist consultation, advice and guidance to other professionals at all levels working with families both within the service and in partner agencies. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involved with highly complex, emotive and often conflictual issues such as those involving child protection, deliberate self harm, violence, trauma, suicide risk, criminal offending behaviour, sexualised behaviour, and mental health problems of parents.
  • To maintain current knowledge of the operation of video equipment and promote ethical and effective use in line with Directorate policy. To introduce this practice to families in a sensitive way, and to advise and instruct clinicians in other disciplines and systemic psychotherapy trainees on the fitting and appropriate use of this therapeutic tool. To use video tape review to enhance the skills of colleagues and to help parents understand their familys difficulties, dilemmas, and traumatic experiences.
  • To act as care coordinator, as required, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of care plans and giving consideration to the views of patients, their family, carers, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care. This includes organising complex professional network meetings.
  • To work in accordance with CAMHS and team objectives by adhering to Trust and Directorate policies, including risk assessment in all work, ensuring care plans are in place, recording up to date, attending and contributing a systemic view in case discussion and team meetings.
  • To be an active member of the Family Therapy Clinic.
  • To contribute to overall service delivery and development as required.
  • To attend monthly professionals meetings and team meetings.

  • Management responsibilities (Contribution)
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the development of systemic professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on all aspects of the service where systemic and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To lead on an agreed area of service development
  • Leadership
    Directly responsible to:
    • Operationally: Bexley CAMHS Team Manager
    • Professionally: Lead Family Therapist (CAMHS), via Principle Systemic Psychotherapist.

    Accountable to:
    • Clinical Director (CAMHS), via Head of Discipline
  • To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide structured in house consultation and training to the multi-disciplinary team including junior doctors, psychologists and other mental health professionals, regarding work with patients, their families and professional networks.
  • To act as a specialist systemic psychotherapy resource by provision of systemic consultation and training to the multi-disciplinary team and other health and social care agencies.
  • To provide training and consultation to foster carers and their professional networks.
  • Research
  • To use theory, evidence-based literature and research to inform evidence based practice in work with individuals, families and their networks in line with current and best practice.
  • To undertake or participate in relevant clinical research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the team.
  • To initiate and implement project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the services to help develop and improve service provision to clients, their families and their wider network.
  • Communication
  • Key working relationships are with other multi-disciplinary team members in CAMHS; all members of the CAMHS Team; NHS professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary services (GPs, hospital clinicians, health visitors, community paediatricians, A&E Depts. and specialist clinics); colleagues working within the Trust; external agencies, including those in neighbouring Trusts responsible for a patients care; colleagues from the education system (educational psychologists, education welfare officers, school heads, inclusion officers, special education needs co-ordinators, behaviour support teams and school nurses), social workers, and children services (Child Protection Services); the Head of Systemic Psychotherapy, and the Systemic Psychotherapy Service in the Trust.
  • To communicate effectively verbally and in writing; to provide reports including those for the Courts and Child Protection Conferences concerning highly complex circumstances.
  • Be prepared to attend Court hearings as requested.
  • To communicate complex clinical information in a skilled and sensitive manner information including assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and to monitor progress during the course of uni- and multi-disciplinary treatment.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping, including electronic data entry and recording, report writing through the exercise of professional ethical standards and a continuing adherence to the professional codes of practice of the AFT and UKCP.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • To receive clinical supervision in accordance with Trust clinical governance standards and the codes of practice and ethical guidelines of Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programs, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager.
  • To contribute to the development of best practice in systemic psychotherapy by taking part in regular supervision and appraisal and maintaining awareness of current developments in the field.
  • To maintain UKCP registration.

  • Person Specification shortlisting Essential
    • Relevant Qualifications
    • Experience of working with children
    • Multi Agency Working
    • Audit
    • Consultation
    Qualifications Essential
    • Revelant qualification

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