CAMHS Family Therapist, Band 7

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
12 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has opened in our CAMHS West Community Team for a Family Therapist to join our CQC rated Outstanding CAMHS service (Jan 2023). We are proud to say we achieve our goals of seeing all newly referred young people within a maximum of 6 weeks from acceptance of referral and have waiting times of no more than a few weeks for specialist therapies including family therapy.

We have average caseloads across the team of 15-25 young people, weighted based upon complexity and treatment planning, a comprehensive induction plan including shadowing members of the CAMHS West team and wider CAMHS service and frequent opportunities for additional training in therapies such as EMDR, DBT, CBT, eating difficulties and AMBIT for those clinicians interested in broadening their skill set.

You are invited to join our small and dedicated team of experienced family therapists who work together to provide clinics in the West Somerset Area.There is a wider network of Family Therapists in Somerset Foundation Trust,offering peer support and input into the wider development of Family Therapy. We also have links with Exeter University and are offering placement experiences to Trainee Family Therapists in addition to trainee nurses, social workers and occupational therapists.

Main duties of the job

Alongside your Family Therapy Clinics, you would be a valued member of our diverse Multi-Disciplinary Team, providing assessment and intervention to children and young people with Mental Health Disorders allowing you to work flexibly and creatively to ensure positive outcomes for the children young people and families in our service. The multi-disciplinary team is made up of family therapists, psychologists, mental health practitioners (Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses), Psychiatrists and Support Workers.We ensure regular opportunity to support clinical discussion and shared hold of risk and risk management.

We are also looking for someone who is able to contribute to the team dynamic and learning by contributing to team meetings, peer supervision and clinical supervision. Wealso provide learning afternoons across both sides of the county to our wider CAMHS team which are lead and attended by clinicians from all backgrounds and experience. We are looking for a practitioner who can continue to build on developing a strong systemic approach to assessments and reflecting team practice.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description below for the full details on duties and responsibilities for this role.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING Essential
  • Certificate in Systemic Family Psychotherapy or MSc or Doctorate in Systemic Family Psychotherapy or equivalent
  • Qualification in Social Work, Nursing or Clinical Psychology
  • Other related academic qualifications or training
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of Social Learning and Systemic theories
  • Knowledge of child development and disorders and mental health disorders
  • Knowledge of adult mental health disorders
  • Sufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with clients
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with family systems where children have complex Mental Health needs,
  • Experience of working with children and families where children have been in need of protection or in the care of the local authority
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course of presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems

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