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Highly Specialist Systemic Family Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum plus HCA
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Due to on-going investment, a structure review and subsequent expansion of the West London CAMHS Systemic & Family Psychotherapy Team, we are extremely pleased to be able to recruit to the following new band 8a post:

0.5 WTE Band 8a Highly Specialist Systemic & Family Psychotherapist post in Hammersmith & Fulham Neuro-developmental & LD Team.

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, ambitious, and motivated Systemic & Family Psychotherapist to join Hammersmith & Fulham CAMHS. Hammersmith & Fulham CAMHS is a well-established multidisciplinary Specialist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service which is based at 48 Glenthorne Road, W6 0LS.

We are looking for someone passionate about working with and making the difference to the life of Children and Young people struggling with neurodevelopmental and learning difficulties. The post holder will join the tier 3 Neuro-developmental & LD Team within the Service and carry out specialist assessments of children and young people with complex mental health presentations and will document the outcome of these assessments, providing formulation, diagnosis, and recommendations for interventions. In addition, he/she will offer a range of individual, family and group therapeutic interventions, including risk management, appropriate for children and young people attending the Service.

Main duties of the job

West London CAMHS employs family therapists across many specialties including generic CAMHS, Crisis CAMHS, Eating Disorders, Neuro-developmental Conditions and Learning Disabilities. This means there is ample opportunity for networking with colleagues and sharing expertise. Furthermore, there is also plenty of future opportunity to increase the number of sessions within the NDLD team or other teams in H&F CAMHS and West London CAMHS due to staff movement and further investment.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work alongside other family therapists in a family therapy clinic in addition to holding an individual caseload. The post holder will receive regular clinical, professional and management supervision from the Principal Systemic & Family Psychotherapist. In turn you will provide supervision to band 7 Systemic & Family therapists in line with the supervision structure. We offer a wide range of in house and external training opportunities e.g. Narrative therapy; NVR; CYP-IAPT. West London CAMHS has good relationships with local family therapy training providers and we offer specialist placements to trainees.

As a systemic & family psychotherapist within West London CAMHS you will be offered good opportunities for continuing professional development and you will be supported in your career progression. West London CAMHS has a very successful NVR program and we welcome applicants with NVR training and/or experience.

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 looking to appoint a CAMHS Highly Specialist Systemic & Family Psychotherapist who is able to demonstrate a commitment to creative engagement with a culturally diverse population of young people, shows initiative, is a team player and is able to communicate ideas clearly to both professionals and young people alike. Ability to demonstrate knowledge, competence and an interest in working with children who present with complex mental health needs is essential for the role. The Highly Specialist Systemic & Family Psychotherapist will also need to be flexible and have the necessary skills and experience to provide high quality care that is both evidence based and client focussed.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic West London CAMHS has had to develop new and innovative ways of working. Our staff are currently providing a combination of face to face clinical contact as well as clinical contact via virtual platforms, resulting in a combination of onsite and remote working. All staff are provided with a laptop and mobile phone to support this way of agile working.

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)
  • Previous qualification in a relevant profession such as social work, nursing, teaching, psychology or counselling.
  • Training in Autism assessments e.g. Autistic Diagnostic Interview (ADI)/ Autistic Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
  • Systemic supervision training
Experience Essential
  • Substantial length of practice in relevant first profession
  • Significant experience of work with children and adolescents in a mental health or equivalent setting
  • Good working experience of working with neurodevelopmental disorders and/or learning disabilities
  • Experience of teaching, supervision and/or consultation
  • Experience of research and audit
  • Experience of other treatment approaches
  • Experience of teaching and training systemic psychotherapy
  • Experience of NVR (non violent resistance) approach.
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence base in relation to child and adolescent mental health
  • Research and research methodology at post-graduate level in relation to children and adults with mental health and social problems
  • The impact of abuse, trauma and other adverse experiences on children, young people and families.
  • Legislation and DOH guidelines relevant to child and adolescent mental health e.g. Mental Health Act 1983, Children Act 1989
  • Child protection policies and procedures
  • Child development in relation to mental health difficulties.
  • Knowledge of other modalities (i.e. psychoanalytical, biological, cognitive, behavioural etc.) sufficient to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients
  • An interest in neurodevelopmental disorders.

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