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Family & Systemic Psychotherapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist to join the HPFT CAMHS South team,.

You will be based in a multi-disciplinary community CAMHS team covering the South quadrant of the county and have the opportunity to work alongside side other systemic psychotherapists, child psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, nursing and psychiatry.

You will receive regular supervision and be part of the weekly family therapy clinic. You will also join a lively family and systemic psychotherapy discipline group across HPFT with regular discipline meetings and CPD opportunities.

You will also have strong links with professional colleagues in the wider CAMHS. In addition to the inpatient unit, our CAMHS includes a Tier 4 Home Treatment Team, four community clinic Tier 3 teams, a Targeted Team for looked after children, a specialist Eating Disorder Team, a Crisis Team and a DBT team. Family & Systemic Psychotherapists are within most of these teams.

The successful candidate will receive up to £120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for a caseload of complex assessment, treatment andconsultation work with children, adolescents and their families, withproblems of behavioral, emotional, psychological or mental health issues,providing Core work (as defined by CAPA) and in addition contributing toSpecific/Specialist work (as defined by CAPA) as agreed with CommunityCAMHS Managers and Professional leads.

To contribute to the provision of a specialist systemic psychotherapyservice within the quadrant, including being a member of a specialistfamily therapy team, undertaking particular pieces of work identified asrequiring specialist systemic interventions, providing specialist systemicpeer supervision to colleagues regarding systemic interventions, andproviding occasional CPD to colleagues regarding systemic practice.

To operate as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing child andadolescent mental health services for the quadrant, in line with theprinciples and practice of CYP-IAPT.

To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs offamilies from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family forms including single parents, same sex couples andtheir families, extended families and people with mental health difficulties.

About us

  • Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an exceptional organisation with big ambitions, our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.
  • With a workforce of around 3,500 people and an annual income of some £330million this year, the Trust provides integrated health and social care services through a network of community and inpatient settings, serving diverse communities across Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. As a university NHS foundation trust, HPFT continues to develop strong links with the University of Hertfordshire, providing excellent learning and development opportunities, as well as strengthening our clinical research capability
  • Whilst it is a challenging period for the NHS, there has never been a more exciting time to join HPFT following our CQC rating of Outstanding awarded to us in April 2019. We are on our Good to Great journey as we continue to innovate, improve, transform and ultimately deliver the very highest standards of care to the service users and communities that we serve.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Responsibility
  • To assess, plan and implement programmes of care for individualchildren and young people, carers and families with complexbehavioural, emotional, psychological or mental health issues.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for all childrenand adolescents, including the protective and risk factors in thenetwork of significant relationships.
  • To be responsible for a defined caseload selecting and usingappropriate interventions to meet care plan objectives and goalsprivileging core skills as appropriate.
  • To develop, implement and manage specialised interventions withinthe child/young persons context, employing evidence based practice.
  • To evaluate and adjust practices based on feedback.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, ensuring provision of a care plan, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of the clients care, ensuring the work of others involved and communicating effectively with the child/ the carer/ professional as appropriate, monitoring the progress of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To carry out assessments and interventions jointly with co-workersfrom the multi-disciplinary team as appropriate.
  • To contribute and develop skills in Clinical Governance.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and localpolicies and issues in relation to both the specific client group andmental health

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Systemic or Family Therapist (Masters/Doctoral level) qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in appropriate mental health/social welfare profession
  • Registration as Systemic Psychotherapist with appropriate professional body
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Specialist training in an appropriate area and knowledge of CAPA and CYP-IAPT
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience in a CAMHS team or related area, or experience prior to qualification, with experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems and knowledge of a range of clinical interventions with children/adolescents and their carers/families
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working, and inter-agency collaboration
  • Knowledge of child development, child and adolescent mental health and an understanding of a range of theoretical approaches
  • Abilities to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Good general knowledge of the literature and research concerning mental health interventions with children, particularly the clinical effectiveness of such interventions
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice in relation to children/adolescents
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision

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