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Family Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
**The permanent posts are eligible for a £3000 New Hire Bonus. An initial payment of £1000 will be paid in the first 1 month and a final payment of £2000 will be paid 1 year after your start date. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.**

Do you want to develop your skills and career in psychology for the future?

Do you want a varied role, spanning several care pathways, with a wealth of opportunities? Early intervention, Intensive community support, and support and stability pathways.

Providing treatment in CBT-E, CBT-T, MANTRA, CAT, EMDR, CFT, family therapy and DBT working both in 1 to 1 and group formats. Both face to face and virtual working with our patients to provide the best care possible.

Do you want to be supported with expert clinical supervision, have access to training opportunities and support to develop your career? Opportunities for varied case load, working with clients with comorbidities anxiety, depression, personality disorder and autism.

Do you want to work for an organisation that prioritises staff wellbeing and compassionate leadership, including promoting flexible/hybrid working?If so, we would love to receive your application!

The Adult Eating Disorder service (AEDS) is a well-established, county-wide specialist outpatient service. It is part of the Adult and Specialist directorate within CPFT.

Main duties of the job

The Adult Eating Disorder Service for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough provides outpatient, treatment and interventions for adults aged 18 upwards suffering from an eating disorder. The post holder will work as part of the service to provide clinical expertise and specialist therapeutic interventions with specific emphasis on eating disorders to referred patients and their families within the AEDS service. This will include systemically informed assessment, formulation, and treatment, delivering the FT-AN treatment model as well as the provision of parent support, group work and some individual work. The post holder will also provide consultation from a systemic perspective on client's psychological care to other colleagues within the team and wider professional network. Alongside delivering FT AN informed treatment, the post holder will be required to deliver Systemic Family Therapy where necessary to enhance treatment outcomes.

The post holder will need to work flexibly to address the unique requirements of the Service provision. This includes a hybrid approach which necessitates remote working from home, alongside an on-site requirement within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough when face to face appointments is requested

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share out vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our BAME & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the specialist multidisciplinary team assess the suitability of a systemic intervention including the capacity of the individual, family and network to support family therapy.
  • The post-holder will be responsible for carrying out systemic family therapy and individual patient assessments, bearing in mind highly complex factors concerning family history, the physical and developmental needs, devising a detailed care plan and providing specialised family therapy interventions using a range of therapeutic skills and knowledge involving observation and systemic techniques.
  • To communicate with the family, referrer, other professionals and the specialist multidisciplinary team in a sensitive and skilled manner information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans, and co-ordinate a care package appropriate for the clients needs.
  • The post-holder will be a key clinician within the FT-AN Assessment clinic for new referrals and will be responsible for delivering the FT-AN model with efficacy to patients and their parents in a timely, efficient and sensitive manner, working alongside professional colleagues.
  • To assume responsibility for managing own caseload, following the trust and service protocols. This will include reviewing and assessing levels of risk on a regular basis, changing the Family Therapy care plan accordingly and liaising with the senior family therapist, team consultant, and consultant psychologist.
  • With reference to own professional limitations ensure excellent communication with partner colleagues when dealing with complex mental health risk assessments for eating disorder patients and where required ensure safe transfer of care.
  • Demonstrate expertise in analysing and reflecting upon own clinical practice and those of others in the team. Use constructive means to enhance team building in the light of the emotional/psychological impact for staff working within the complex field of eating disorders.
  • Where appropriate and in discussion with the team take the lead in communicating with the referring agent on a regular basis and act as an advocate for the Service user/team at multi-professional/health, education, social and voluntary agency meetings.
  • Be able to recognise and deal sensitively with families where Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults matters arise and where indicated enlist the support/advice of Safeguarding colleagues as per Trust policy.
  • Where required manage safely individuals/families who may become verbally/physically challenging towards each other or with staff. Ensure that safety is paramount and be aware of skills/interventions required to reduce risk of harm for all concerned.
  • Provide expertise and specialist eating disorders advice, guidance teaching and consultation to families and professionals contributing directly to clients care.
  • Along with the team be mindful of the needs of clients and families from a range of racial, cultural, sexual, religious and social backgrounds and offer care as appropriate to clients/families needs within these contexts.
  • Along with colleagues adopt a flexible approach to practice in order to meet the needs of the clients, co-facilitate groups and attend regular weekly Eating Disorders Service meetings and accept referrals, discuss ongoing clients needs/discharge as required
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the Services operational policies and effectiveness through participation in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both Service and professional management on those aspects of the Service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • oPostgraduate qualification in relevant mental health/ social welfare profession and demonstrable practice.
    • oMasters/Diploma level qualification (or its equivalent) in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, accredited with the UKCP
    • oMaintenance of UKCP Registration by attendance on short or long training courses to meet AFT CPD requirements
    • oPost-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of therapeutic practice
    • oKnowledge and experience of delivering the New Maudsley approach to carers of individuals with an eating disorder
    Experience Essential
    • oExperience of working with a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
    • oExtensive practice in relevant first profession
    • oExperience of exercising clinical responsibility for systemic care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
    • oExperience of providing systemic support to a multi-disciplinary team in the context of a high stress, high- anxiety environment
    • oExperience of risk assessment and risk management
    • oExperience of working with adults with eating disorders/complex mental health problems
    • oExperience of specialist systemic assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community and residential or educational.
    • oExperience of risk assessment and risk management from a systemic/relational perspective
    • oExperience of working with mental health disorders
    Knowledge & Skills Essential
    • oDemonstrable ability to create sustainable working alliance with service users, families, colleagues, and other professionals.
    • oSpecialist skills in using a wide variety of systemic theories and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and the wider system setting.
    • Specialist skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention, and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration; ability to carry those out in crisis situation
    • oAbility to manage the highly complex emotional relationships and the interface between health and social care which maximise the potential for therapeutic outcomes
    • oAbility to multi-task at different levels of context, while leading a systemic psychotherapy session requiring intense concentration and skills for using a one-way screen, video equipment and involving members from different professional background in service delivery simultaneously
    • oExtensive knowledge and understanding of a wide range of systemic theories and approaches, and ability to utilise this knowledge in defining highly specialist and complex systemic formulations and multiple systemic hypotheses.
    • oKnowledge/ ability to work with a racially and culturally diverse community in a wide variety of contexts including at highly specialist level
    • oMasters or Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology consistent with family and systemic psychotherapy .
    • oExperience and skills in clinical supervision of counselling, nursing or other clinical context
    • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to adolescents, social care and mental health
    • oKnowledge of Eating Disorders and common co-morbidities - anxiety including OCD, anxiety & depression
    • oGood working knowledge of evidence base for the treatment of Eating Disorders .
    Other Essential
    • oAbility to manage working in highly complex situations where there are multiple difficulties, competing/conflictual views about those difficulties, and the ability to address and tackle ethical dilemmas
    • oAppreciation of the interface between personal and professional lives, high level of self-awareness and knowledge of principles of selfcare
    • oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by AFT/UKCP registration professional
    • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex teaching and training methods, and multimedia materials suitable for presentations in public, professional and academic settings

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