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Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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.The post holder will contribute a systemic perspective to the MDT and carry a varied clinical caseload, offering specialist systemic psychotherapy, alongside generic assessment, and brief interventions. You will have the opportunity to join a weekly family therapy clinic and contribute to interventions, such as the NVR parenting group and MBT-C, in line with service need and your interests and experience.

This is an exciting time to join the service, as work progresses to transform the way services are delivered for children and young people, drawing on the principles of the Thrive approach. We are seeking a highly motivated Systemic Psychotherapist who is passionate about improving the health and well-being outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.

This post is currently established as a full time post but we will consider applicants interested in job share or working part time.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will join the Generic CAMHS team in Haringey CAMHS and work with children and young people with a range of complex mental health needs, and their parents/carers, families and significant others. You will contribute to the work of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT), offering mental health assessment and generic interventions, alongside specialist family and systemic psychotherapy. The post holder will contribute a systemic perspective to the MDT and offer specialist advice, consultation to CAMHS colleagues and professionals in partner agencies. In addition, you will contribute to clinical supervision and training, as required and in line with experience.

In the context of the current COVID-19 restrictions, a proportion of clinical and other work continues to take place through online platforms.

About us

The London Borough of Haringey, covering Tottenham, Wood Green, Hornsey, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate is situated between the inner city areas of Hackney and Islington to the south and more suburban areas of Enfield and Barnet to the north and west. There are areas of relative affluence in the west of the borough and areas more typical of the inner city neighbourhoods to the east.

Haringey Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), which forms part of the Child Directorate within Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust, is a large inter-agency service comprising the range of multi-disciplinary staff. The service operates a single-point of entry for Haringey CAMHS, known as CAMHS Access and works closely with key partners in the Third Sector, as well as other health providers.

CAMHS clinicians are based in the various teams across the service including: generic CAMHS, the Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service (HEWS), the Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT), CHOICES, the Trailblazer School Team, and the specialist mental health service for children and young people with a learning disability (CAMHS-LD). All teams share an office base at St Ann's Hospital. The service works with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings; in the clinic setting at St Ann's, other Health settings, within the family home, schools and children's services settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options, whilst taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the child and their
  • In conjunction with the Family & Systemic Psychotherapy Lead to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients/patients and formulate effective care plans in collaboration with the client and family/carer. To undertake risk assessment and risk management relevant to individual patients including protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships. This will also include assessment of risk for self-harm
  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other multidisciplinary team members in order to enhance and develop work with families by providing highly specialist systemic knowledge an
  • To provide highly 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 work with professional networks involved with complex issues, such as those involving child protection, children accommodated and living away from home, self-harm, violence, trauma and suicide
  • To communicate effectively and in writing and to provide reports where deemed appropriate e.g. Child Protection Conferences, concerning highly complex circumstances. To be able to undertake complex and comprehensive assessments and refer on with CAMHS, to mental health services or to other agencies such as Education and Social
  • To maintain current knowledge of the operation of video equipment and to introduce this practice to families in a sensitive manner. To use video tape review to enhance the skills of colleagues in the systemic psychotherapy clinic and to help parents understand their childs difficulties, dilemmas, and traumatic experiences.

  • To keep up to date current thinking in family therapy and encompass this as appropriate in clinical

  • To communicate complex clinical information in a skilled and sensitive manner including assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and to monitor progress during the course of uni-disciplinary and multi- disciplinary

Teaching, Training and Supervision

  • To provide advice, supervision, consultation and teaching to multi-disciplinary team members, including junior doctors, trainee psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals regarding work with patients, their families and professional

  • To attend training where

Management, Policy and Service Development

  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services through the deployment of systemic professional skills in research, service evaluation and
  • To advice the Family & Systemic Psychotherapy Lead on all aspects of the service where systemic and organisational matters need

  • To co-operate in the expansion and development of Haringey CAMHS and the implementation of the ongoing service
Research and Service Evaluation

  • To use theory and research to inform evidence-based practice in work with individuals, families and their networks in line with current and best

  • To undertake or participate in relevant clinical research, service evaluation and audit.


  • 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 programmes, in consultation with the Family Therapy

  • 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

  • To participate in the weekly Family Therapy

  • To maintain UKCP
Other Duties

  • To maintain high standards of clinical record keeping and report writing through the exercise of professional ethical standards and a continuing adherence to the professional codes of practice of keeping AFT and

  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental


  • Professional: To maintain a high level of professional conduct
  • A Health & Safety: Employees must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that the agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safety environment of employees and
  • B Data Protection: If required to do so, to obtain process and/or use the information held on computer or word processor in a fair and lawful way. To hold data only for the specific registered purpose, and not to use or disclose it in any way incompatible with such purpose. To disclose data only to authorised persons or organisations as instructed.
  • C Equal Opportunity: It is the aim of the Trust to ensure that no application or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins and is not placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown as justifiable. To this end the Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy and it is for each employee to contribute to its success
    • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the postholder may be required to undertake other duties, which fall within the grade of the job. This will be done in discussion with the postholder and Family & Systemic Psychotherapy
    • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.
    • The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.

    We invite potential applicants to contact Monica Lynch, Family & Systemic Psychotherapy Lead or Chipo Sambani, Team Manager, Generic CAMHS for an informal discussion 0208 702 3400 or

    Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
    • MSc or Doctoral level qualification in Family & Systemic Psychotherapy
    • Registered with UKCP as a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist
    • Professional qualification in mental health, social work or other AFT agreed equivalent training.
    • Post-qualification training in a specialist area of clinical practice, including CYP-IAPT training.
    Experience and Knowledge Essential
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the life cycle and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
    • Experience of working with children and young people in a mental health setting
    • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary and multiagency context
    • Experience of running groups for young people or parents.
    • Experience of service user involvement initiatives.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of systemic assessment, and management of individuals, couples, family systems and groups, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients and their families, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within mental health.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

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