Family Therapist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Somerset- base to be negotiated
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Family Therapist | Band 7 | 30 hours per week

Are you an experienced Family Therapist looking for a new challenge or perhaps you are in Family Therapy training looking for a progression pathway? This could be the role for you.

We are looking for a Family Therapist to be part of a small enthusiastic team which provides a range of systemic interventions including Family Therapy and family inclusive practice across community mental health services and inpatient settings.

Somerset has a well-established reputation for systemic practice and the successful applicant will contribute to/be involved in service development and staff training and promoting the Triangle of Care. The Family Therapy service sits within the Adult Specialist Psychological Interventions Service and the post holders will be valued members of this team consisting of Clinical Psychologists and other psychological therapists.

Main duties of the job

As part of your role you will offer a specialist Family Therapy assessment and evidence-based systemic interventions to a caseload of people with mental health difficulties some or all of whom have severe and enduring mental health problems and who may present with complex and challenging psychological problems A focus on a collaborative and strengths-based approach is essential to this role.

You will also work within Specialist Psychological Interventions in a Community Mental Health Service that has challenged the traditional boundaries between primary and secondary care in partnership with Service Users, the Voluntary Sector and Community Enterprise.

There is the potential to provide or contribute to specialist Family Therapy groups or forums, and / or psycho-educational groups if required.

A full driving license and permanent access to own transport with appropriate business insurance is required for this post.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Provide patient-based Family Therapy consultancy and advice to staff, including those working with challenging and complex clients
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of appropriate training courses if required
  • Contribute to the clinical leadership of the team, providing supervision for other team members as agreed with the Clinical Lead and Team Manager.
  • Participate in team and service development and evaluation. Liaison with a wide range of partners is central to the role.
  • Be committed to equal opportunities as you will be working with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary
  • As a clinical practitioner specialising in the field of Family Therapy you will be required to be accountable for your own actions; you are required to observe the professional code of conduct as laid down by AFT and UKCP

Please see the attached job description for full duties and responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Intermediate qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • A registered qualification in health care at graduate level in nursing, social work, allied health professional AND Post-qualification training in Systemic psychotherapy (Family Therapy)
  • Professional training in one or more Psychological Therapies including Systemic psychotherapy (Family Therapy) AND accredited membership of the relevant body: UKCP for Family Therapy
  • Training or qualification in a recognised model of supervision, or eligibility and willingness to train as a clinical supervisor in the relevant modality
Knowledge Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge across the range of work procedures and practices, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and relevant practical experience of the relevant modality
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working in the relevant therapy modality with adults with severe and complex mental health problems
Skills Essential
  • Ability to communicate complex condition related information to service users and carers.
  • Ability to provide and receive highly complex and highly sensitive information using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills in order to overcome hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmospheres.
  • Ability to provide detailed advice to other professionals and non-specialists.
  • Ability to be an effective team player with good communication and liaison skills
  • Ability to maintain own caseload and prioritise workload, ensuring quality in own work and encouraging others to maintain quality also.
Other Essential
  • Able to Drive within the county of Somerset

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