Trainee Systemic Practitioner

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
King's Lynn
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Full Time
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Our Norfolk & Waveney Eating Disorders service has an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Recruit to Train Trainee, part of the Health Education England (HEE) funded Recruit to Train Programme in partnership with the Anna Freud Centre, University College London, and Kings College London. The post-holder will be training on the Children & Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) Therapy Course and carrying out clinical work in our service to complement their studies and use their newly developed skills. We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic mental health practitioners to work and train within our service. The training post will equip the post-holder to provide interventions for children, young people or families using evidence-based intervention consistent with the course they are attending. The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Eating Disorders services sit within the Specialist Services Care Group which provides inpatient and community services for children and adults needing specialist mental health assessment, care, and treatment.

Our Care Group includes:
  • Early Intervention in Psychosis Service
  • Eating Disorder Service
  • Perinatal Mental Health Service
  • Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit.

Please note the job description is subject to change as currently going through job evaluation.
Main duties of the job

This is a fixed term post with this training of two years funded by HEE. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within the service and will be provided support and advice in job applications.

This role will be best suited for applicants that are able to balance a very busy work and study schedule. You will be an employee at the service but also enrolled on a Postgraduate Diploma course. As this is a Postgraduate level training, you will be required to study and perform at academic level. Applicants must be prepared to work towards their studies outside of protected study time (such as on weekends and after work). Protected study time or teaching days are typically two days a week during term (with possibility of extra university days near start) and will be a mixture of in person and online sessions. Applicants must be willing to travel into London to attend their lectures.

More information about the courses and how the training works can be :

including the course brochures, and we strongly recommend you read the FAQs.

HEE are also expecting to implement a new rule regarding beneficiaries of their training year funding. We recommend you read this if you plan to apply to future trainings.

About us

The role would suit a candidate who meets the trust values, who is comfortable working autonomously but also can engage with the team. We can also provide training and shadowing opportunities.Would like to be part of our journey to provide excellent care for young people?

Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • 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

Job description
Job responsibilities
Kings College London (KCL): This is a training position and so all candidates will need to apply for both the trainee role with our organisation and the KCL Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy in order to be shortlisted (for more information about the course and minimum entry criteria, please see the course page and brochures:
Please complete your university application using the KCL University Application Guidance supplied.

KCL covers the modalities of CBT, SFP (CDD and ED), and Parent Training. You only need one application to the associated University no matter how many, Recruit to Train job posts you apply for. However, it is very important to mention which modality/modalities you are applying for and why you are qualified & interested in them in your personal statement as this will be assessed by the course team to determine course/modality suitability.

Please note that when you apply to this role, your name will be shared with the Higher Education Institute (HEI) running the course. The service will usually be the Course Teams main way of contacting you until you have been sent an Offer, and so the Course Team at the HEI may ask for information if it is relevant to deciding course eligibility. Other information that might be shared:
  • Reason behind ineligibility for the course.
  • Queries regarding application
  • Name change - confirm with service to ensure that they are reviewing the correct candidate.

This is an integral part of the process to confirm that you have applied to the University and that you meet their course requirements. Please apply to the University at the same time as applying to this job position.If you apply to this job, you are giving permission that information relevant to establishing eligibility can be shared between the HEI and the Service. No irrelevant information will be disclosed or discussed.

As these are training positions, please be aware that this is a dual application process where you must be employed in a Recruit to Train funded job to also receive a place on the course, and vice-versa. If you are ineligible for the University Course, we will be unable to be offer the role. If you withdraw from an employment offer but you have accepted a university offer, you will be unable to join the course.

You must apply to the course at the same time as this job.

Please note in this instance the course is not optional; the roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.Applicants for this training at KCL will need to be available to start by the 16th of January at the latest (with the course starting on the 23rd January)

Please see job description attached and for more information.

For Further Details / Informal Visits Contact:
Name: Danielle Cooper

Job Title: Service Manager


Telephone: 01603 978 455

Person Specification
  • -2.2 in a UK undergraduate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification). Other academic qualifications of an equivalent standard can be taken into account
  • Post qualification experience of working with people with serious mental health problems

  • Significant experience of working in mental health services Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers

  • Experience in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients

  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other mental health problems

  • Demonstrates an understanding of a range of mental health difficulties and how they may present in Secondary Care
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Able to attend 70-80 days training over a 2-year course. Including a day per week, and 5-day intensive teaching blocks. This may involve significant travel and overnight stays to attend university
  • Able to complete academic components of the course
  • Able to integrate training into practice

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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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