Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Solent NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Systemic Family Therapist to join the Building Resilience and Strengths (BRS) team in Southampton.

This would be a chance to work within a unique multi-disciplinary integrated CAMHS team who are committed to delivering the best quality care to the children and families in the City facing some of the most complex emotional and relational difficulties. The service works with those children and young people whose multifaceted mental health difficulties, life experiences and family and/or educational circumstances mean that their needs cannot be met by CAMHS and or Children's Services alone and a more holistic, multi-agency and individually-tailored intervention package is required.

About us

The BRS is a strong and compassionate team and has excellent structures to offer regular supervision and support

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued

We place a great deal of importance on new starters being welcomed into the team and you will be offered a comprehensive induction plan and support package, with realistic expectations around your workload in those first weeks and months

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We hope you share our passion to deliver the best quality care experience for children and young people

Main duties of the job

To provide high quality, comprehensive systemic assessments and formulations to facilitate understanding of the views and complex needs of the child/young person

To deliver evidence-based systemic therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families/extended networks

To support the delivery of a family therapy clinic within the BRS

To offer systemic consultation, support and advice to other members of the BRS team and other professionals in partner agencies

To develop and deliver training informed by systemic practice to the BRS team and other professionals

To supervise other members of the BRS team and other professionals across the CAMHS umbrella as appropriate

To support service evaluation and other areas of clinical governance as required

To develop and maintain close and effective working relationships within the team and across Children's Services, CAMHS and other partner agencies

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical and Professional

*Children and families to receive high quality systemic assessments and interventions based on specialist knowledge and relevant theoretical models. This will involve face to face contact with children and families and professional networks to discuss and work through highly complex, sensitive and personal information. This would also include the completion of personal and relational development, genograms, eco-maps, analysis and assessment of multiple levels of contextual meaning, deconstruction of current interactional patterns of behaviour and meaning around mental health issues and complex relationships, creating methods for client-centred analysis of change, using1st and 2nd order interactions, and other systemic assessment tools.

*To formulate and implement plans for therapeutic treatment that is informed by methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

*Drawing upon complex assessment material to provide verbal and written systemic formulations that aid evidence based clinical interventions for children, families and other professionals presenting with highly complex problems.

*Providing specialised systemic interventions drawing from a broad range of systemic models as part of an agreed package of care, to children and families with complex problems, across the developmental spectrum, within different relational forms, and managed within the context of multidisciplinary working.

*To work with complex and multifaceted clinical problems within an emotionally charged or difficult context.

*To liaise and work with other professionals and agencies (including Education, Social Care, Health, and voluntary agencies) involved with a child and/or family, and communicate difficult, sensitive and complex information that is relevant and appropriate to the child and family's needs.

*To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and their families, and to provide advice to other professions on the systemic aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with CAMHS procedures.

*To identify and take appropriate action to safeguard and protect vulnerable children, adolescents and adults where, in the course of clinical practice, abuse or neglect is suspected or recognised.

*Maintaining a caseload of children, adolescents and families presenting with a spectrum of emotional and related presentations/disorders. This is likely to include children presenting with a range of complex mental health problems including depression, ASD, ADHD, sexual abuse, eating disorders, conduct disorder, disability, and child protection issues.

*To communicate in skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans to families and professional networks.

*To provide advice, consultancy and, where appropriate, supervision to other practitioners who provide direct intervention with individuals, families or groups. Where appropriate to work jointly with other team members in the provision of individual and group-based programmes.

*Ability to communicate effectively with children, young people and families in distress, contain high levels of anxiety and manage own and others resulting stress, the ability to maintain therapeutic boundaries and create containing safe working environments. Working within both formal and informal community settings

*To maintain current knowledge of the operation of video equipment and promote ethical and effective use in line with Trust policy. To introduce this practice to families in a sensitive way, to advise and instruct clinicians in other disciplines on the appropriate use of this as a therapeutic tool. To use videotape to enhance the skills of colleagues in the family therapy clinics.

*To establish an evidence-based approach and show collaboration with outcome measurement and generally comply with clinical and social care governance requirements.

*To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation and regulations and local procedures related to the care and protection and specialist treatment of children and young people with complex mental health difficulties or disorders.

*To undertake periodic review, research and evaluation of the therapeutic process and to undertake and regularly contribute to research and audit programmes within the Trust.

*To follow professional and Trust policies on continuous professional development.

*To receive regular clinical/professional supervision from a senior family & systemic psychotherapist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

*To deliver and support in service training workshops and seminars on systemic topics as requested.

*To continue to professionally develop by attending conferences and workshops commensurate with maintaining professional registration.

* To engage in regular training on child protection and safeguarding procedures to ensure that familiarisation with multi-agency child protection/safeguarding procedures are thorough and regularly updated.

*To be aware of research relevant to the needs of young people with mental health/behavioural difficulties to promote evidence based systemic practice.

* Work as a reflective practitioner using the reflective tool to develop self and others clinical and professional practice.

*To be aware of policies and procedures and personal responsibilities associated with them, i.e. record keeping, health and safety and complaints procedures.

*Works positively with colleagues to maintain clinically effective relationships.


*To liaise and joint work with colleagues, other professionals and agencies as required in relation to both clinical work and the wider agenda of working in partnership within a multi-agency framework.

*To participate in team clinical meetings in order to share expertise, promote good practice and the safety of clients.

*To participate in referrals meeting as required. Making clinical decisions as part of this group regarding the appropriateness of new referrals in line with referral criteria. Assessing the level of clinical need for referrals accepted and communicating outcomes to referrers.

*To compliment the work of other members of the multi-disciplinary team by undertaking as co-worker specific therapeutic work with children / families as part of agreed treatment programmes consistent with own skills, knowledge and scope of practice.

*To manage and prioritise own workload, competing demands and clinical commitments with support from line manager as required.


*Responsible for ensuring appropriate records and clinical notes are maintained and letters copied to clients in accordance with Trust/LA and National Policy.

*Informed consent is obtained where appropriate and documented in Accordance with Trust procedures

*Appropriate risk, lone working and other assessments are completed and documented in a timely manner in accordance with Trust Policy/LA.

*To receive appropriate health, safety and other essential training as prescribed and relevant records are maintained.

*Working with colleagues and staff to ensure the principals of improving working lives are adhered to.

Knowledge, Education and Training

*To be part of providing multi agency education initiatives to widen the understanding of the therapeutic needs of children. to increase the skills of colleagues working with children and young people in other settings

*To provide alongside other colleagues, educational talks to professionals from all disciplines and agencies, to foster discussion mutual understanding and involvement in identifying areas of unmet need.

*To take part in CAMHS training/presentations during development weeks. To feedback via CPD from any courses attended or training undertaken. Compliance with trust arrangements for continuing professional development.

*To ensure the development and co-ordination of relevant student training placements within the team, provide support, supervision and mentorship as appropriate.

*To continue professional development and training by attendance and contribution at relevant clinic/Trust/regional meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.

*To partake in mandatory training as required in Solent NHS Trust.

*To provide a training role for new and current staff.

*To take part in teaching programmes as required for nursing staff, medical students or other statutory or voluntary bodies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare profession and demonstrable practice.
  • Masters level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy or Advanced Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy combined with significant and relevant post qualifying experience.
  • UKCP Registration
  • Post qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of therapeutic practice
Experience Essential
  • Extensive practice experience in relevant first profession
  • Significant experience of working with children, adolescents and families in CAMHS or equivalent experience
  • Assessed experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsib

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