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Systemic Family Therapist - Developmental Role Band 7 - 8A

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year Per annum/Pro-rata
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Band 7
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Wording for Adverts - Systemic Family Therapist in Adult Community Eating Disorder services Oxfordshire - Developmental Role Band 7 - 8A

We are looking for a Systemic Family Therapist B7 to join the Adult Community Eating Disorder (ACED) team in Oxford. This is a developmental role and following the completion of specific competencies the holder will be eligible to apply directly for a Band 8A position within the team.

We are passionate about what we do and will be looking for someone who can join an 'up and coming' community team which is in the process of developing a new service model to address the needs of the people of Oxfordshire in the 21st century. We are moving towards the development of a life span service and have good links with colleagues in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Services as well as other Adult Community Eating Disorder services across the Thames Valley region. The service is also in the process of developing the FREED initiative.

The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills which will enable them to thrive within a multi-disciplinary team context and in working with this complex patient group and their families. If you have interests you wish to develop, then please discuss with us.

There are opportunities for further training in the evidence based treatments, including CBT-E and the Maudsley Eating Disorders Services for Adults (EDSA) Whole Team Training.

Main duties of the job

The main component of the role will be in providing high quality specialist family therapy to patients and their carers/families who are referred to the adult eating disorder service.

The post holder will be required to offer advice and consultation to the multi-disciplinary team from a systemic perspective.

The post holder will be ambitious and have a positive attitude and outstanding clinical skills.

Experience of working within the field of eating disorders would be extremely advantageous, however the service will consider applicants with a genuine interest in the client group and those who are willing to undertake a comprehensive induction and training and show a commitment to the development of the service.

About us

The Adult Community Eating Disorder team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nursing staff, Social Worker, Assistant Psychologists, Community Support Workers and Team Administrators.

The service provides an integrated formulation-based model tailored to the needs of adults with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder as well as those with comorbid mental health problems and their carers. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and deliver these within the community.

The service offers excellent opportunities for supervision, service development, service evaluation and research, teaching and training including CBT-e. We have good supervision and operational structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as good links with both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes. The service is also committed to evidence-based and evidence generating practice and you will have the opportunity to be part of service evaluation and Quality Improvement.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Individual Supervision will be provided by an external Supervisor working on your development using specific competencies to enable you to apply for the Band 8A position when these are completed. Further supervision is also provided within a small group of other Family Therapists from across Oxford Health working with adults who have an Eating Disorder.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information on the job role.

Applicants must have a full valid driving licence and access to a car for work, if necessary adjustments can be considered in line with the Equality Act 2010.

The service operates 5 days per week Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

The post is based at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford but we provide a service across the whole of Oxfordshire

We strongly encourage informal discussions. For further information or to arrange an informal visit please contact: Sarah Roberts (clinical team manager) at , Emma Clarkson (clinical psychologist) at

or telephone 01865 902315.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Postgraduate qualification in family and systemic psychotherapy
  • Current registration as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist with UKCP or equivalent body
  • Professional qualification in a mental health or social welfare discipline
  • Specialist training in supervision that has led to 'approved' clinical supervisor status.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a family and systemic psychotherapist within NHS mental health services.
  • 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 working with a Multi-disciplinary Team
  • Skills in the use of methods of Systemic Psychotherapy/Family therapy assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Experience of working with patients suffering from an eating disorder
  • Experience of working in the community
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of and skill in using the variety of approaches and methods within systemic practice (i.e. social constructionist, narrative, solution focused, etc.) as required to work with individuals, couples, family systems, groups and organisations
  • High level of relationship and communication skills to work with clients, families and/or professionals where the atmosphere might be highly emotive with clients and families expressing anger and hostility.
  • Skills in providing systemic/Family Therapy consultation, teaching and training to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of Systemic Psychotherapy/ Family therapy in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, eating disorders, dual diagnosis

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