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Trainee Systemic Family Therapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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As part of our dedication to increasing our offer to families, we are delighted to be able to offer a Trainee Systemic Family Therapist post working across our Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) service. This post will include working with families and individuals using systemic skills and other models, such as behavioural family therapy (internal training provided). The post will also include leadership of family interventions across the service, although the majority of clinical work with be in the Norwich base. You will be part of the psychotherapy team across the four teams and will work closely with the clinical team. You will be supported to complete your masters in Systemic Family Therapy and this post is subject to your successful application to a course commencing at the next available intake as well as passing the course and becoming and qualified SFT. The course will be fully funded and you will be provided adequate study time for your course commitments. You will receive supervision from a Systemic Family Therapist, alongside the support you receive on the masters course.

The EIP service sits within the Specialist Services Care Group which provides inpatient and community services for children and adults needing specialist mental health assessment, care and treatment. We have close links with the psychotherapy teams across the care group and we are working together on developing the psychotherapy provision within the Specialist Services as a whole.

Main duties of the job

The role will include, but not be limited to the following:

Taking a lead on family interventions across the EIP service (with supervision and support)

provision of systemic and family therapy interventions (under supervision)

. provision of behavioural family therapy (after internal training provided)

actively participate in reflective practice activities and make use of supervision

supporting the team to think systemically

co-facilitate groups or provide parent/carer interventions when relevant.

We are looking to appoint a skilled, committed, and motivated individual with excellent communication and organisational skills and a keen interest in working with families. Previous experience of working with individuals with psychosis or serious mental health concerns is ideal but not essential. We can accommodate some flexible working, in line with the service need.

About us

In Norwich a staggering 77% of people say they love their job. Less than 2 hours from London (yet a world away in terms of house prices and cost of living) and serviced by excellent transport links, Norwich is one of few UK cities that still retain a strong local identity and with that a strong sense of community - people walk down the street and say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee order, you get to know about interesting local projects.

This strong sense of self along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the best city to work in.

Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • Agile working opportunities
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Generous Relocation/Removal Package
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Applicants will be required to have a strong demonstrable interest in Systemic Family Therapy and to have completed and passed an AFT accredited Systemic Family Therapy course at Intermediate Level. Applicants will be required to have a mental health core qualification (Psychology/RMN/OT/SW) and be registered with a professional regulatory body, however applicants with relevant and extensive professional experience in a secondary mental health setting may be considered should they meet the requirements to be accepted into an accredited training course via the APEL route.

A willingness to engage in further study and practice towards eventual accreditation as a Systemic Family Therapist is essential. During training, study and placement outside Norfolk and Suffolk will be required. There will be no costs for the training incurred by the individual however the offer of trainee post to the successful applicant will be contingent on acceptance (or working towards acceptance) on to a MSc Systemic and Family Psychotherapy accredited training course. On achieving accreditation as a systemic family psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) the post holder will be upgraded to a Band 7 Psychological Therapist- Family Therapist role/salary.

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Person Specification
  • PGCert or PGDip in Applied Systemic Practice or equivalent. Ability to work at an MSc/MA level of academic rigour

  • A qualification in provision of supervision
  • Ongoing professional registration with professional regulatory body
  • Qualification in a core profession (medicine, social work, nursing, occupational therapy or psychology)

  • Able to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of mental health practice from previous professional experience. Demonstrate effective risk assessment and risk management experience. Experience and competence in completing mental health assessments including core assessments.
  • Experience and competence in the delivery of evidence-based interventions
  • Experience in working in a team and good partnership working
  • Experience of working within a service which has demanding targets and performance management.
  • Experience of working closely with families to manage mental health concerns. Previous experience as a care coordinator or lead care professional. Experience of postgraduate study

  • Experience of delivering systemic interventions
  • Experience of delivering interventions related to own professional experience.
  • Experience of having been part of a reflecting team

  • Excellent communication skills. Competent assessment skills
  • Effective analytical and decision-making skills. Care planning skills.
  • Risk assessment knowledge and skills to a level commensurate with job role.
  • Competent and effective at utilising evidence-based interventions
  • Able to effectively prioritise own work load and use team resources effectively

  • Knowledge of mental health/mental illness
  • Models of assessment, screening and risk assessment and risk management
  • Evidence based systemic interventions

  • An awareness of serious mental health presentations (psychosis, bi-polar)
  • Knowledge of medication and the monitoring of its effects

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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