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Family Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Substance misuse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
CNWL NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to have been awarded the contract for the East of England Gambling Service in partnership with Inclusion (Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

We are seeking an experienced Family Therapist to join our dynamic new team. The post holder will have the chance to make a significant difference to residents in the East of England and to be part of the development of the first NHS gambling service in this region.

The successful candidate will be an energetic and robust individual with sophisticated and sensitive clinical skills, and a proven track record of delivering high quality services in either the NHS, social care or the private sector.

There is a strong outreach/liaison component to the role which will include delivering training and services in other locations across the region

Various working locations and remote working across the East of England.

Main duties of the job

The purpose of this post is to provide family therapy and carers' support to clients of the East of England Gambling Clinic, in order to deliver the highest standard of care in line with latest guidelines and standards, Addictions and Trust policies and procedures and statutory frameworks governing patient care in the NHS. Research is a significant element of this clinic and the postholder is required to support research at the clinic. The post holder will be required to provide family psychotherapy services to family members, carers and service users within the East of England Gambling Clinic and co-ordinate the monthly Family & Friends group. They will attend weekly multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meetings and provide a systemic perspective in case discussions. They will provide support to the team around issues of safeguarding and domestic abuse, and attend relevant Trust and Directorate meetings.

About us

The AddictionsDirectorate within CNWLFoundation Trust is a large, well-establishedprovider which offers a wide range of specialist NHS drug and alcohol treatment interventions to the diverse and multicultural populations across Central and North West London. Our services include community services, family therapy services, A&E liaison, NationalGambling Service and a Club Drug Clinic.

Our substance misuse services are dedicated to helping reduce the harm caused bysubstance misuse dependency;helping people overcome their dependency on substances and helpingclients and their familiesrebuild their lives and enable recovery.We arecommitted to working in partnership with other providers and service users in local systems of treatment and recovery.

CNWLis committed to providing high quality, evidence-based treatment options and is a learning organisation which promotes staff competence and training and valuesclinical governance, audit and research. We are linked with Imperial College, University of London and are committed to evaluating our services and developing new and innovative approaches.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical Activities

To provide specialist systemic psychotherapy assessments and treatment including care planning to carers, families, couples and individuals referred with relationship and communication problems, including those with complex needs.

To ensure clinical notes are maintained to the agreed standard at all times and that clients are appropriately assessed, admitted, care planned and discharged.

To ensure clients have risk assessments and that risks are actively managed and communicated to relevant parties.

To manage a diary and take responsibility for their own caseload and bookings.

To act as a professional resource to the team.

To take part in weekly MDT and monthly local clinical governance meetings

To discern when it is appropriate to refer to and/or consult with other agencies such as social services, community mental health teams and other specialist agencies.

During the process of treatment, to continuously evaluate treatment/therapy options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual person, couple or family.

To provide specialist advice, guidance and consultation to the East of England Gambling Clinic and other professionals/agencies. This will include working with professional networks involved with complex cases, such as those involved with child protection and self-harm.

To support and maintain pathways around safeguarding and domestic abuse within the clinic.

To communicate and discuss information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care in a skilled and sensitive manner and to monitor and evaluate progress through responding effectively to feedback from members of the client system.

To liaise with and/or provide written reports to other professionals and agencies, such as GPs, Social Services, local treatment services, Schools and to work jointly with such agencies when required.

To apply knowledge and skills of cross-cultural therapeutic work in order to work effectively and sensitively with clients from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.

To work effectively and sensitively with issues of gender, sexuality, disability, class and age.

To apply a sound knowledge of child protection issues when working with clients and their families and identify when to refer to other agencies.

To facilitate Family and Friends group

Educational Activities

To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with clients with issues such as parenting difficulties where addiction and / or mental health issues might also be current

Service Development Activities

To take responsibility for maintaining up-to-date knowledge and skills in systemic practice.

To provide systemic perspectives as part of clinical team discussions and to train members of the MDT as required.

Professional Activities

Where relevant, to be responsible for maintaining live registration with own professional body, and ensuring personal professional development portfolio is in place to improve own practice

Research, Audit and Evaluation Activities

To participate in the annual Addictions audit cycle and ad hoc audits as requested

To ensure that recommendations arising from audits are implemented to ensure high quality service provision

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate qualification in family/systemic psychotherapy
  • Registration as a systemic psychotherapist with UKCP or equivalent body
  • Evidence of continuing personal development
  • Post-registration training in the assessment and treatment of addiction clients.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience providing family therapy in an NHS setting
  • Experience of working with families experiencing gambling issues
  • Experience of working with complex clients and high conflict situations
  • Familiar with clinical risk assessment and management of vulnerable client groups
  • Experience of child protection, safeguarding and domestic abuse cases
  • Experience running groups
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • Ability to co-ordinate and deliver services within a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Ability to undertake assessments and prioritise needs, including clients with complex mental and/or physical health problems
  • Ability to use data systems and take responsibility for maintaining clinical notes and assessments
  • Ability to apply analytical skills to multi-layered complex cases.

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