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Family Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa annum plus HCAS
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Come and share your skills with us as a band 7 CAMHS Practitioner in our expanded team in Hounslow Community CAMHS (CCAMHS).

The team provides a proactive and creative intervention service for vulnerable children, young people and their families/carers and innovative work is actively encouraged. We are a multi-disciplinary team; including Child wellbeing practitioners, Assistant psychologist, Clinical and Counselling psychologists and Family therapists.

There are very good links between CCAMHS and our colleagues in other local CAMHS services such as the Mental Health Support Team for Schools and our tier 3 teams. Hounslow CAMHS and London Borough of Hounslow have a good history of successful multi-agency work. The multi-agencies involved are keen to develop and integrate mental health services for children and their families in as seamless a way as possible.

The post holders will be full members of their professional groups and all discipline groups have good support structures, this includes cross tier family therapy workshops.

The posts will both be supervised and supported by the relevant professional leads.

Main duties of the job

As part of the CCAMHS Tier 2 provision your role will be to:
  • Provide mental health assessments and evidence-informed interventions for young people 0-18 and their families
  • Provide consultation and advice to professionals working across multi-agencies involved with respect to child and adolescent mental health
  • Provide training in aspects of child mental health to professionals in a range of primary settings, including primary health, schools and children's social care settings and to develop a local needs analysis to support such training
  • Ensure the systemic provision of specialist mental health services to children, adolescents, their families and/or carers within Tier 2 Mental Health Services
  • Take an active role, as and when necessary, in the development of specialist Community CAMHS projects and services under the supervision of the professional lead consultant

Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility in accordance with Trust policies and guidance.

About us

Hounslow CCAMHS operates from the Meadows Centre for Health, TW4 7NJ where there is free parking. During the Covid pandemic we are also providing a substantial virtual offer.

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

The post holder will join a multi-disciplinary CAMH service which is responsible for the delivery of Tier 2 Community CAMHS service to children and young people living in the Borough of Hounslow aged 0-18 years.
  • To work with the multi-agency members of the CCAMHS Team in delivering and developing an education/community based support and intervention service for vulnerable children and young people experiencing behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties
  • To contribute within the multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team to deliver mental health care to identified children and their families and /or carers. The post holder will draw on a wide range of therapeutic interventions from evidence-based therapies
  • To undertake complex multi-agency work with all agencies (e.g. paediatrics, education, children services) and colleagues within West London Health Trust
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for their professional clinical practice within the service, including taking responsibility for contributing to audit, policy and service development in line with clinical governance
  • To provide consultation and advice to CCAMHS colleagues of other disciplines and agencies with respect to their professional training, as well as taking an active role, when necessary, in the development of specialist provision of specific projects and services under the supervision of their clinical/managerial supervisor
  • To develop and promote joint working between Community CAMHS and Specialist CAMHS services.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Professional knowledge acquired through a degree-level qualification in one of the following: oNursing (RMN, RGN or RSCN) with additional therapeutic qualifications oDoctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or equivalent if trained overseas, plus registration as a clinical or counselling psychologist with the HCPC oMaster's Degree in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy oChild & Adolescent Psychotherapy (eligible for full membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists) oSocial Worker with additional therapeutic qualifications oCBT therapist accredited with the BABCP, to include training in working with children, adolescents and families
    • This should be supplemented by other specialist training and short courses. Current professional registration as applicable: the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) or The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) , BABCP
    • CYP IAPT Trainings, e.g. CBT, Systemic Family Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy [IPT], Under 5's, Parent Training.
    • Other post-graduate qualifications in: CBT, Systemic Foundation Years, EMDR, Mindfulness.
    • Mentalizing Trainings
    Experience Essential
    • Significant practice experience in relevant first profession. Significant experience of working with children and adolescents in a mental health or equivalent settings.
    • Experience of teaching, supervision and/or consultation. Experience of multi-agency work.
    • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
    • Experience of other treatment approaches.
    Knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge of the following: Evidence base in relation to child 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 and families. Legislation and DOH guidelines relevant to mental health. Child protection policies and procedures
    • Child development in relation to mental health difficulties Knowledge of other modalities (i.e. psychoanalytical, medical, behavioural etc.) sufficient to engage appropriately with multidisciplinary team colleagues and their work with clients/patients.
    Skills Essential
    • Skills in working with children and families with mental health and social problems using a variety of therapeutic approaches.
    • Ability to apply analytical skills to multi-layered complex cases. Ability to formulate comprehensive assessments and offer effective treatment based on clinical theory and principles.
    • Ability to provide on-going treatment in complex, often unstable, and frequently changing circumstances. Ability to liaise with and manage complex professional networks in relation to individuals and families.
    • Skills in consulting to professional colleagues in and outside CAMHS. Ability to manage high levels of emotional distress and think clearly in emotionally charged situations.
    • Ability to manage the risk of verbal and physical aggression. Ability to manage and plan own workload
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. A commitment to involvement in quality improvement and service development
    Other Requirements Essential
    • Ability to recognise own and others work related stress and pressures and take appropriate action.
    • Good interpersonal skills and desire to build a supportive team environment.
    • Personal time management skills and ability to work independently.
    • Committed to personal development.

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