Principal Family Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
12 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Systemic Family Therapy within West London CAMHS is a well respected and highly valued discipline. In joining West London, you will become part of a large systemic community, one of the largest in the NHS today. We are committed to supporting our staff and investing in their professional growth and development.

Due to on-going investment and restructuring of the CAMHS Systemic Family Therapy service we are seeking to recruit an additional Principal Systemic Family Therapist. The successful applicant will be clinically based in the Adolescent Team in Ealing, and hold supervision and management responsibilities for Ealing CAMHS Family Therapy provision. The Adolescent Team is part of the Tier 3 Ealing CAMH Service and sits alongside a wider CAMHS offer.

The Principal Systemic Family Therapist will be part of a wider team of committed and skilled clinicians who are dedicated to changing the future outcomes for children and young people who present with complex mental health need.

Main duties of the job

Principal Systemic Psychotherapists work as autonomous clinicians to provide advanced mental health assessment and specialist intervention for children, young people and families referred to the Service. They contribute to the leadership and development of the CAMHS Systemic Family Psychotherapy team and have opportunities to be involved in service development, audit, research and quality improvement projects.

The leadership team consists of six Principal Systemic Psychotherapists and the Head of Systemic Therapy. The team have a huge breadth of knowledge and experience and are friendly, enthusiastic and innovative.

The Principal Systemic Family Psychotherapist as a member of the wider multidisciplinary team will hold a case load and offer a range of individual, family and group therapeutic interventions. All systemic family psychotherapists in West London CAMHS are members of a family therapy clinic where team and screen are used, in addition to their other clinical responsibilities.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are seeking a dynamic and motivated CAMHS Principal Systemic Family Psychotherapist who is looking to take the next step in their career.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people; show initiative; embody excellent leadership skills, be a team player and able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. They will demonstrate knowledge and competence in delivering high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed to children and young people who present with complex mental health needs.

Extensive post qualifying experience working within multidisciplinary CAMHS settings and evidence of accredited courses in child and adolescent mental health practice are essential criteria for this post.

Please see the Job Description and Personal Specification for more information.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Post-graduate training in systemic family therapists as accredited by IFT or AFT.
  • Professional registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Training in systemic supervision.
  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of systemic family therapy practice
  • CYP IAPT training
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified systemic family therapist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups in CAMHS services, and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working in an effective time-limited manner with children and adolescents.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing systemic family therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings, including primary care.
  • Experience of the application of systemic family therapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of training others.
  • Experience of service development.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of systemic family therapy assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge and skills of the application of systemic family assessment and therapy within child and adolescent populations.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the UKCP.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychological therapy staff.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised systemic family therapy with vulnerable and hard to reach families.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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