Are you looking for an opportunity to work in an innovative multi-agency service? Do you have experience working with adolescents with a range of complex needs? We are looking for a Highly Specialist Family and Systemic Psychotherapist with the ability to think creatively when engaging and working with young people with complex mental health and social care needs.
The Hope Service is an innovative and highly respected, multi-disciplinary service for young people aged 11-18 who are experiencing complex mental health, emotional, social and behavioural needs which could cause a placement breakdown or may require a Tier 4 hospital admission. It is a partnership between Health Services, Children’s Services and Education. We are a Centre of Clinical Excellence and awarded Outstanding by Ofsted.
Main duties of the job
The Highly Specialist Family and Systemic Psychotherapist will work with young people with complex mental health, behavioural and social care needs and their families. The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist systemic assessments and interventions for children and young people with moderate and severe mental health problems. You will contribute to the service through consultation to the team on family work and systemic related issues. We are looking for a dynamic and motivated staff member with experience in working with young people with complex needs and support their colleagues in both Epsom and Guildford. There will be development opportunities in Children and Young People Services.
Applications are invited from qualified Family and Systemic Psychotherapist registered with the UKCP.
This role is 15 hours per week,The post holder will be expected to work flexibly in line with the hours of operation.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact Gemma Wood Guildford Team Manager 01483 517190
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.
We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.
Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.
Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.
For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.
Job description Job responsibilities
To provide high quality evidence-based family therapy services to children and families in the Hope Service, while receiving regular clinical supervision.
To lead on family therapy sessions and clinics within Hope: reducing DNA rates, participating in audit and the ongoing outcome research project (SCORE).
To support systemic supervision within the multi-disciplinary team who are engaged in family / systemic work, such as liaising with social services, community mental health teams and other relevant services.
To provide systemic consultation to the wider network.
To provide administrative support to the clinic work as required
1. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, to provide systemic assessments and treatment in family therapy for children, adolescents and their families, practicing within relevant Codes of Practice and drawing on a range of models and techniques
2. To formulate a range of treatment options based on an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence e.g., NICE guidelines.
3. 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.
4. To provide systemic psychotherapy as an autonomous clinician, drawing on a range of models and techniques. To practice in a way which is inclusive and considerate of the needs of each individual in the system, their varying developmental stages and current emotional state. Ensuring that consultation, assessment and treatment interventions are provided in partnership with children, adolescents and their families.
5. To ensure that appropriate feedback on caseload is provided to relevant stakeholders, and that feedback from service users is utilised to enhance and develop service delivery. To be responsible for attending CPA meetings and reviews where appropriate.
6. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment (including on-going risk assessment) and treatment of children, young people and their families as appropriate. Responsible for ensuring that referrals and discharges are made in accordance with all the Trust’s relevant policy and procedures and the principles of good practice.
7. To provide consultation, advice and guidance to other professionals working with families both within the service and in partner agencies.
8. To maintain high standards of clinical record keeping and to adhere to policies and procedures as defined by Health and Social Services/Education/Other Statutory Bodies and to adhere to professional ethical standards and codes of practice of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). To provide comprehensive reports as required.
9. To demonstrate awareness of research and its application to clinical practice.
10. To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner information concerning assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients. To effectively communicate professional opinion, verbally and in writing to families, other professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies.
11. To contribute to the writing of information sheets and leaflets as necessary.
12. Working in partnerships with other lead agencies, to ensure that Safeguarding Children/Child Protection issues are addressed effectively and within all local procedures.
13. To communicate effectively with families, members of the multidisciplinary team and other statutory and voluntary agencies and maintain close links with relevant clinicians and services.
14. To contribute to facilitating and developing the group programme at Hope.
Person Specification Other Relevant Information Essential
- 1.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 programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager (s). 2.To contribute to the development of best practice in systemic psychotherapy by taking part in regular supervision and appraisal; maintaining awareness of current developments in the field. 3.To maintain high standards of clinical record keeping, including electronic data entry and recording, report writing the professional ethical standards and a continuing adherence to the professional codes of practice of the AFT and UKCP. 4.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. 5.All employees are expected to comply with statutory requirements and the Trusts employment policies while carrying out their work. 6.This post is one of continual development and the postholder will be encouraged to develop skills and capabilities, including participation in projects and training events. Accordingly, the range of duties and responsibilities outlined above may change from time to time to reflect the changing needs of the organisation. Management, Policy and Service Development 1.To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit. This will include assisting with the completion of statistical information (mapping) to ensure quality and quantity of services available or highlight areas of deficit. 2.To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where systemic and/or organisational matters need addressing by in-putting as necessary/appropriate to the CYPS Quality Management Group 3.To assist in the development of policies, procedures and plans in order to enhance and develop systemic family psychotherapy as part of a comprehensive CAMHS. 4.To attend and participate in team meetings and team supervision to share, promote and integrate systemic thinking and practice in the work of the multi-disciplinary team. 5.To assist in the implementation of Trust strategy for Scientific and Professional staff in accordance with recommendations following CQC inspections and as part of local delivery plans. Teaching, Training and Supervision 1.To provide Family Therapy workshops and clinical sessions. Where agreed to provide specialist consultation and clinical supervision to other members of the multi-disciplinary team regarding their work with patients, their families and professional networks. 2.To assist in meeting the training needs of trainee systemic family psychotherapists, students and others on placements. 3.To act as a specialist systemic psychotherapy resource by provision of systemic supervision, consultation and training to the multi-disciplinary team. Physical Skills 1.Ability to sit with clients for extended periods of time, often within pressurised circumstances. 2.Ability to create a calm, appropriate environment for clients in highly emotive situations and respond appropriately to this need. 3.Take responsibility for installation, upkeep and use of expensive, specialist video equipment. Train multi-disciplinary staff members in the ethical use of video techniques and equipment, including compliance with service policy on consent to video recording, and on the secure storage and erasure of videos. 4. Ability to use Information Technology and word processing skills. Continuing Professional Development 1.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. 2.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) 3.To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD/PDP training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s). 4.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 in general. 5.To maintain UKCP registration. HEALTH & SAFETY 1.You are required to take responsibility for Health and Safety and to take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions. 2.You are also required to co-operate with all staff to ensure that all statutory regulations, policies, Codes of Practice and departmental safety procedures are adhered to, and to attend relevant training programmes. CONFIDENTIALITY Your attention is drawn to the confidential aspects of this post. You must not disclose any information of a confidential nature relating to the Trust or the service that it provides, or in respect of which the Trust owes an obligation of confidence to any service user, client or third party during or after your employment except in the proper course of your employment or as required by law. You must not remove or copy any documents or tangible items including software which belongs to the Trust or which contain any confidential information from the Trusts premises at any time without proper advanced authorisation. You must return to the Trust upon request and in any event upon the termination of your employment, all documents and tangible items including Systm1 or Smart cards which belong to the Trust or which contain or refer to any confidential information and which are in your possession or under your control. A breach of confidence could result in dismissal. You should be aware that regardless of any disciplinary action taken, a breach of confidence could also result in civil action for damages. ACCESS TO HEALTH RECORDS All staff who contribute to health records, are expected to be familiar with, and adhere to Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and local Council Policy and procedures. You should be aware that the Trusts electronic health records systemic (Systm1) is subject to regular audit. All health professionals are advised to compile records on the assumption that they are accessible in line with the Access to Health Records Act 1990, the Data Protection Act 1998, and developing Freedom of Information legislation. QUALITY ACTION GOVERNANCE The Trust aims to provide the highest standards of care. To further this aim, you are expected to adhere to acceptable working practice as defined in Trust policies and guidelines and visions and values. The Trust is actively committed to human rights-based approach to diversity and inclusion. You also have a personal responsibility to your team and service to keep working practices and clinical interventions evidence-based and up to date. If you encounter unacceptable practice, you will be supported in following the Trusts whistle-blowing guidelines.
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