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Senior Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service is recruiting family therapists.

The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service (GHWS) is excited to be recruiting a Senior Systemic and Family Psychotherapist (Band 8a) into the service.

We are looking for an experienced Systemic and Family Psychotherapist who is able to work effectively with families from a range of ages and backgrounds, and who work in a creative, community-centred, culturally sensitive way. Family work is at the heart of our offer and we are looking for a therapist who is able to develop and expand our offer for Grenfell-affected families.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

The Systemic and Family Psychotherapist will be based within one of two neighbourhood teams within North Kensington, and the community elements of the role will be based within that neighbourhood, although the therapeutic elements of the role will cover the whole of the North Kensington area.

The clinical work will involve assessment and therapeutic work with children, couples and families affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire. The community elements of the role will require applicants to apply systemic ideas and models in order to work effectively and creatively with the local community and wider system.

We would particularly welcome applications from people who have lived or worked in the local North Kensington community, and who reflect the diverse local population that we serve.

About us

GHWS is a specialist NHS service set up in response to the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017. We offer an integrated service for children, families and adults, and aim to work sensitively, flexibly and responsively in order to meet the needs of the diverse local community.

We support our staff to develop through undertaking training and continuing professional development relevant to their role.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further detail of the role and responsibilities.

  • To provide high quality, responsive and accessible specialist and culturally adapted psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions to children and young people (aged 0-25 years) affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist consultation, as appropriate, to local organisations and referring GPs about psychological aspects of care for people with PTSD, complex trauma or traumatic bereavement.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To work between sites as required; to be responsible for the provision of administrative and personal resources when there is no work base; and to maintain transport arrangements between sites.
  • To work with interpreters where necessary.

Teaching, training, and supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior colleague
  • To gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to the work and/or the service as agreed with the professional clinical manager.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant clinical/counselling psychologists and high and low intensity therapists, ensuring they acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To be involved in the management of the workloads of therapists within the framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant / graduate therapists.
  • The post holder will be required to attend and contribute to the regular professional meetings of the service and other departmental meetings.

Research and service evaluation
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

IT responsibilities
  • To maintain professional and personal records on computer, as appropriate
  • To enter data onto local Trust IT systems and databases, as appropriate
  • To utilise IT methodologies, such as e-mail and the internet, to access clinical and professional information and to communicate with colleagues.

  • 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 your professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology, nursing and relevant disciplines, within the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field ofnursing and psychological therapy and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society, BABCP and other relevant bodies, as well as Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.
  • To ensure that all relevant policies are adhered to.
  • To represent the Service and/or Clinical Lead when required to do so.
  • To work flexibly and respond to service needs accordingly e.g. with regard to cover Service Level Agreement arrangements

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • A Counselling or Psychotherapy Diploma approved by the BACP or equivalent
  • Doctoral level or equivalent training in clinical or counselling psychology, as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the HCPC, BABCP, UKCP or equivalent professional bodies A/I PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE. o At least two years po
  • Post-qualification training in one or more recognized therapies for PTSD (EMDR, NET, trauma-focused CBT)
  • Training in the ADOS and ADI-R Autism Assessment tools
  • Knowledge and experience of working with complex or traumatic bereavement and adjustment disorders
Previous Experience Essential
  • Significant professional experience as a Family Therapist post-qualification
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families who have experienced trauma
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of conditions and settings
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context including with interpreters
  • Experience of teaching training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working in a CAMH service
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients; emotional care and treatment including maintaining confidentiality and client records
  • Experience of working in a culturally sensitive and adapted way.
  • Experience of collaborative work with service users and community organisations
  • Experience of delivery of psycho-education and skills training in individual, group and community-based formats
  • Experience in consulting with other agencies and professionals, including GPs, other mental health practitioners and services
  • Experience of working with children & young people with Autism, Learning Disabilities, particularly those who have also experienced trauma
  • Experience of working with young people at the transitions stage of 16-25 years
  • Experience of working with children under the age of 5 and their parents
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Specialist knowledge of a range of specialist therapeutic techniques underpinned by theory, acquired through further substantial training or experience and specialist supervision
  • A high level of skill in assessment for PTSD and traumatic bereavement in children and young people, including risk assessment, and application of evidence-based interventions and management
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex and clinically sensitive information to clients and professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to work independently and manage a caseload, with freedom to act and take decisions about client care, under supervision
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Skills in providing professional and clinical supervision, management and training to pre-qualified staff
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BACP, BABCP, BPS or other relevant professional bodies including fulfilling profes

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