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Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking to recruit a Band 8A Systemic Family Psychotherapist to join the CAMHS Permanence Service (CAMHS PS). This is an innovative, highly regarded multidisciplinary team who provide specialist support to Looked After Children and Young People and to Children who are placed with family members under a Special Guardianship Order and who are living in West Sussex.

We work closely with our West Sussex partners to develop creative, therapeutic, systemic and organisational solutions for the dilemmas of children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect and have been removed from the care of their birth families. You will join an experienced clinical team with expertise in providing services of a high standard.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will hold a mixed case load of individual and family assessment and therapy alongside providing network and individual consultations to foster carers, Special Guardianship carers and to our social care colleagues. Alongside this the postholder will provide ongoing supervision for the systemic practice and thinking in the team. This will be for both children in care and their foster carers, and for children living with their special guardians. You will also lead on the CAMHS PS family therapy work with special guardianship families which includes the provision of a therapeutic parenting group. The post holder will also contribute to the team's delivery of training for social workers.

The successful applicant will be a systemic family therapist who has experience in working with complex trauma and attachment issues. You will be encouraged to use your systemic training flexibly to develop collaborative and innovative approaches in your work.

Supervision will be provided by an experienced systemic therapist and there will be opportunities to join established Systemic and DDP special interest groups.

About us

The role is based in Shoreham currently.

CAMHS provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Systemic Family Psychotherapist in our team you will be:
  • Registered with the UKCP via a core professional qualification
  • A recognised post graduate qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Accreditation in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
  • A recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions recognised by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT): Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatry, Teaching (with substantial counselling experience), Mental Health Nursing, Arts Therapies, Counselling (BACP accredited) Occupational Therapy or Speech and Language Therapy OR equivalent Completed an AFT accredited qualifying level training IN OR PRIOR TO 2007

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced working in CAMHS (Children and Young Peoples mental health services)
  • Have experience of with working with children within the care system

This role offers 30 hours per week and can be worked flexibly across a mix of days though Tuesdays are essential.

The role start date is from 24th May 2023 onwards.

  • To be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy.
  • To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.
  • To clinically supervise junior therapists, psychological therapists or counsellors and other staff as appropriate.
  • To professionally supervise and, when appropriate, manage, graduate psychologists and trainee psychologists and psychological therapists.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Naomi Frith

CHAMPS Service Manager

Claire Groark

Principal Clinical Psychologist and Lead for the CAMHS Permanency Service

(We are happy to arrange informal visits)

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised accredited post graduate level training in a psychological therapy as specified in the Appendix
  • Professionally registered as specified in the appendix
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Substantial post-qualification/accreditation experience of specialist psychological therapy (assessment, formulation and treatment), as specified in the Appendix, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • A high level of competence in applying a psychological therapy to complex difficulties appropriate for this therapy with the client group served by the post, and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy
  • Experience of specialist psychological therapy assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings and client groups including both adults and children
  • Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context.
  • A clear and theoretically informed approach to supervision
  • Experience of representing psychological therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.
  • Significant experience of working with the particular client group served by the team/service
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group.
  • A high level specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapy as specified in the appendix, as applied to the client group using this service.
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the professional registration/accrediting body
  • Experience of conducting formal research, audit or service evaluation in a healthcare setting
  • Lived experience of mental health issues.
  • Post graduate level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex data analysis as practiced within clinical practice settings
  • Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in working with the full range of clinical severity served by the service.
  • Experience of the application of Psychological Therapy in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapy for specific difficult to treat groups served by the service (e.g. complex comorbidity, physical health problems or disability etc).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the appropriate professional bodies and outlined in the Appendix.

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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