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Family & Systemic Psychotherapist - Band 7

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
South Harrow
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Family & Systemic Psychotherapist (Band 7) with generic & specialist CAMHS experience to work within a multi-disciplinary team in Harrow CAMHS.This is a Full-time permanent post and is part of a well-established systemic discipline where professional development and innovative work is actively encouraged.

Harrow CAMHS is a very busy & friendly service which welcomes new skills and new ideas. It is part of Central & North West London (CNWL) Foundation Mental Health Trust. We are committed to collaborative multi-disciplinary work and there are very good links with partnership agencies in the borough.

The post will be supervised by the Lead Family & Systemic Psychotherapist in Harrow Tier 3 CAMHS and line managed by the Team Manager. Harrow is a culturally diverse borough and we are keen to provide culturally appropriate services to families. We are looking for an enthusiastic systemic therapist who has good amount of CAMHS experience and is able to integrate quickly into a busy CAMHS team.

Vaccination: The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

Main duties
  • Provide family assessments of children and young people referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources
  • Formulate and implement Care plans for the treatment and/or management of the child/young person's problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings
  • Be responsible for implementing a range of family therapy interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, grounded in the principles and techniques of systemic and family therapy. These will include long and short-term interventions as appropriate to need
  • Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of children and young people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans . To undertake risk assessment and risk management.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care in a community setting or in the patient's own home. Patientsare at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We are always looking to recruitoutstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our young persons, colleagues, teams and the Trust.With every new employee we are hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, emotional disorder,Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Enhancement Treatment, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.You will work from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm service for young people experiencing mental health problems in Harrow area. The post will bebased within the Ash Tree Clinic, South Harrow and the post holder will be expected to maintain the close links with the Hospital.The successful applicant will have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as thisremains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcaresettings

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a specialist family therapy service to children and young people with mental health problems across all sectors of care as part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS service. Providing specialist family assessment and therapy to service users and their families/carers and advice and consultation on their care to non-family therapy colleagues and the professional network involved in their support. The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures. They will utilise research skills for audit to support policy and service development; and undertake research within the area served by the service and of relevance to young people their families and carers.

The post holder will provide generic CAMHS assessment and intervention as well as providing specialist family therapy interventions and contribute to support plans for the care of children and young people with learning disability, young offenders, refugees and asylum seekers and eating disorders. They will also contribute to highly specialist assessments of children with complex mental health presentations such as ASD, OCD and Eating Disorders and support case formulation and treatment plans in line with best practice and evidence-based interventions. They will also undertake parenting capacity assessment as part of a multidisciplinary court assessment service.

The post holder will provide advice and consultation to non-family therapists in the service on family therapy and systemic interventions.

The post holder will provide clinical supervision to trainees and non-family therapists

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oPost-graduate family therapy training to MSc level or equivalent.
  • oUKCP registration as family therapist
  • Post-qualification training in additional some CAMHS related specialized work
  • Recent Safeguarding children training
  • CYP IAPT training
  • Qualification in core mental health or social welfare profession (e.g. social work, mental health nursing, psychology, occupational therapy) and significant post qualification experience
Experience Essential
  • oNewly qualifies to 1 year post qualifying experience of working within a multidisciplinary team and preferably CAMHS team
  • oExperience of working with complex cases
  • Experience of delivering systemic training to non CAMHS professionals
  • Able to deliver parent training and groups
  • Experience of developing and delivering clinical training to colleagues
  • oFluent in an additional language
  • oExperience in supervising as Family Therapist
Core Competencies Essential
  • Mental Health Assessment: Able to confidently and competently undertake generic and emergency CAMHS assessment
  • Mental Health Assessment: Understands developmental issues for children and able to adapt interventions accordingly
  • Assessment of risk/safeguarding: Understands the need for and able to competently assess risk
  • Assessment of risk/safeguarding: Understands individual and service safeguarding responsibilities, policy and procedure
  • Engagement: Understands the elements of effective engagement and can apply these to working practice
  • Engagement: Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication
  • Engagement: Able to foster strong therapeutic alliances
  • Engagement: Understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of CYP IAT
  • Engagement: Understanding of and commitment to service user involvement, patient led care and choice
  • Family and parenting: work Understands the need for and has experience of undertaking family and parenting work as part of CAMHS support
  • Cultural: competence Understands the importance of assessment that explores and considers individual cultural identity and associated support needs.
  • Consultation and Liaison: Experience of providing consultation and liaison support to colleagues, referral agencies and services responsible for the care, support and wellbeing of service users and their families/carers
  • Psychoeducation: Able to promote self management and recovery by working with service users and their families to understand their condition and identify and reinforce strengths, resources and coping skills
  • Interdisciplinary work: Able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, actively engaging in and supporting duty and emergency rota's, peer support, training and skills development
  • Transition: Able to confidently and safely plan for and manage change and transition
  • Professional Development: Actively uses supervision and opportunities for development of skills
Experience Essential
  • oFamily and parenting work Understands the need for and has experience of undertaking family and parenting work as part of CAMHS support
Mental Health Assessment Essential
  • Mental Health emergency CAMHS assessment.
Specialist Competencies Desirable
  • Experience of running parenting groups (triple p, mellow, Webster Stratton, etc) and other types of group work group such as multi- family group
Administration and Record Keeping Essential
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel): Able to use word and excel to write reports and analyse and present basic data
  • Clinical Recording Systems Competent in the use of clinical recording systems such as SYSTMONE. Understands the process for keeping safe, secure and relevant clinical records
  • Email and Communication Able to use email to support effective communication in line with CNWL policy. Able to use Microsoft PowerPoint and other communication methods to support the delivery of high quality, engaging training and presentations
  • European Computer
  • Use of SYSTMONE
  • Use of COMMIT and other related CYP IAPT recording
Attitude, Aptitude and Personal Characteristics Essential
  • Able to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
  • Treats service users with respect and dignity at all times
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and confident approach to working
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and adapt to change
  • Honesty, enthusiasm and a sense of loyalty
  • Conducts self in a professional, courteou

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