Family Therapist

Employer
West London NHS Trust
Location
SOUTHALL
Salary
£53,703 to £59,796 a year per annum inclusive
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Profession
CBT Therapist / Other
Service
Prison and Forensic
Grade
Band 8A
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
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An excellent opportunity has arisen for a systemic therapist or registered psychologist with systemic training, who is passionate about working with people a diagnosis of learning disability and/or autism, to join the new Community Forensic Learning Disabilities and Autism Team at West London Forensic Service. This is a part-time Band 8a post (0.5wte) but there may be opportunities for additional sessions on a fixed term basis. A relocation package is also available for qualifying individuals.

West London NHS Trust provides a broad range of forensic mental health care in adult male, female and adolescent services, across high, medium and low security settings, as well as in a community and court diversion setting. The trust provides specialist forensic mental health care across eight boroughs in North West London, in addition to national enhanced medium and high secure services. West London Forensic Service has been chosen by NHS England to pioneer a new approach to support the discharge of Service users in Learning Disability and Autism medium and low secure forensic mental health settings and support their transition and community care.

You will work within the new team providing a highly specialised family therapy service to service users with a diagnosis of learning disability and/or autism and an offending history who are living in the community or in the process of moving from secure inpatient care to the community.

Main duties of the job

Working within the Community Forensic Learning Disabilities and Autism Team provides an opportunity to pioneer a new approach to support the discharge of service users with diagnoses of learning Disabilities and/or Autism from medium and low secure forensic mental health settings and support their transition and community care.

You will be responsible for providing a highly specialised family therapy service to culturally diverse service users with a diagnosis of learning disability and/or autism, enduring mental health disorders and forensic histories. You will provide assessment, intervention, and consultation with service users, their families and social and professional networks. The role will involve systemic supervision and training to individual practitioners, multidisciplinary teams and to other groups within the organisation, and collaborative working with MDT colleagues and the psychological therapies department. There are also opportunities for research within WLFS.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK. It provides a broad range of forensic mental health care in adult male and female services, across high, medium and low security settings, as well as in a community and court diversion setting. West London Forensic Service was recently rated as outstanding by the CQC.

Psychological therapies play a valued and integral role within West London Forensic Service. We are committed to providing high quality, evidence based interventions within a recovery framework.

The psychological therapies department, which comprises a team of over thirty psychologists and psychological therapists, is well-established and supportive with high standards of clinical supervision and excellent opportunities for continuing professional development.

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

You will work within the Community Forensic Learning Disabilities and Autism Team to provide a highly specialised family therapy service to service users with a diagnosis of learning disability and/or autism and an offending history who are living in the community or in the process of moving from secure inpatient care to the community. In addition, you will support systemic thinking and approaches within the team through clinical supervision, consultation and training to colleagues and other professionals/carers on psychological aspects of assessment, formulation, and intervention.

You will be qualified and registered in a core profession (nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry, social work) and hold a doctoral or masters level qualification in systemic psychotherapy diploma in systemic psychotherapy and registered with the UKCP or AFT. Alternatively, you will have doctoral level training in clinical, counselling or forensic psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) and a diploma in systemic psychotherapy. You will be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

You will have experience of working as a family therapist in a learning disability and/or forensic clinical setting or equivalent, providing family therapy and systemic consultation to others involved in service user care. Experience of teaching, training and supervising others is essential.

You will share our Trust values of Togetherness, Responsibility, Excellence and Caring.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS &TRAINING Essential
  • Qualification at first degree level and registration with HCPC or NMC or other relevant body in a core profession (clinical/counselling psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, psychiatry)
  • Doctoral or Masters level qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Registered with UKCP and/or AFT as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist.
Desirable
  • Further training and qualification in in autistic spectrum conditions (e.g. Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule)
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychological therapy.
Experience Essential
  • Significant post-qualification practice experience in health or social care with the client group of the post or a related client group.
  • Extensive experience of conducting assessments with individuals, their families and social networks, particularly those with complex and severe difficulties, taking account of a range of theoretical models and with the ability to develop a clinical formulation and make recommendations for intervention.
  • Experience of working systemically across different cultural contexts and of recognising and addressing the operation of differential power and privilege, for instance in relation to racism, gender, class and sexual identities.
Desirable
  • Experience of working in adult mental health and/or in forensic settings.
  • Experience of working in inpatient user or other institutional settings.


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