CAMHS Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,637 a year
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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We have an exciting an innovative opportunity for a Band 7 Family Therapist, who will be an integral part of the child and adolescent 'Manging Risk Pathway'; a newly designed innovative pathway for children and young people who require intensive and acute support with emotional and mental health presentations, in the community setting.

Our pathway teams are trained in Adaptive Mentalisation Based Integrative Therapy (AMBIT). This model will guide us in adopting a team around the key worker model of care, where CYP and their family/carers have a trusted and accessible worker who gains specialist advice and support from all the other professionals involved in their care.

You will have a varied caseload and may support teams across the county pathway in the delivery, bringing systemic practice into the care delivery of CYP and their familys who require intensive support with their mental health needs.

Systemic practice and supervision are a key function of our across county service , and you will have access to the training currently being progressed across the pathway , which include; Positive behaviour support, AMBIT, DBT skills, Motivational interviewing, crisis support, therapeutic assessment , solution focus brief therapy and many more! We are committed and excited about innovation and the continued development of the services for CYP and their familys/ carers where there is high complexity and risk.

Main duties of the job

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary service, where there will be many opportunities to work with and learn from colleagues with different trainings and experiences. The Manging Risk pathway is made up of a Senior Nurse, Speech and Language Therapist, local and overarching leadership and management, Senior Mental Health Practitioners, Assistant Practitioners, Specialist Nursing, Consultant Psychiatry, Psychology and Family Therapy. The pathway currently has an established and successful Assertive Outreach andCrisis service, and LDAP Keyworker Pilot.

Managing risk and being able to assess mental health presentations in the community is a core part of this role, responding to both urgent and routine, planned and unplanned need. You will be required to work flexibly across a range of clinical, community and home-based settings to meet the needs of the child.

You will be responsible for providing therapeutic intervention that is strengths-focused, evidence-based and tailored to meet the needs of the child/young person and their family/carer.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about working with children/ young people in the community with the confidence to intervene to meet a range of mental health needs and a desire to work with others to continually improve what we do.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see full job description attached to this advert.

You will be an experienced and qualified CAMHS professional (RMN, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, psychotherapist) with professional knowledge acquired through qualifying/masters level training in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. You will be able to work alongside colleagues in a multi-disciplinary team and develop relationships across agencies to meet the needs of children and families. The ability to adapt communication and intervention style to meet individual need is important and you will have knowledge of child development and child protection procedures.

The role of the Family and Systemic Psychotherapist is to provide specialist systemic assessment and therapeutic services to children/young people and their families/carers who have been referred with complex needs.

Within this role the post holder will:

Contribute to the multi-professional team to provide specific, evidence-based interventions to children/young people and their families/carers.

Have outstanding communication skills and the ability to engage with children/young people and their families/carers as well as a range of professionals.

Undertake specialist assessments, manage risks and hold a complex caseload

Using a strengths-based approach, ensure clinical effectiveness through the use of evidence-based interventions, goal-based, collaborative practice and Routine Outcome Measures.

Provide supervision and support to other clinicians with the ability to demonstrate compassionate leadership, to understand and follow HR policies and procedures, ensure staff wellbeing and development and adopt a collaborative approach to engage staff with a range of skills and communication needs.

Work effectively with operational, professional and clinical leadership colleagues to support clinicians in devising and implementing evidence-based care to suit the individual needs of parents/carers and infants.

Contribute to the provision of a range of early help/light touch interventions across pathways.

Attend, participate and chair relevant meetings with the ability to present information in a range of formats, adapting communication to meet the needs of others.

To promote and support participation of service users across the service.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and abilities Essential
  • High level knowledge of clinical presentations in children/young people
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of short term and long term, evidence-based, clinical interventions.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and DOLS legislation
  • Knowledge of NHS, Social Care and Education structures, national policies and frameworks, evidence based practice including NICE guidelines
  • Knowledge of risk management and ability to monitor and assess risk and act accordingly to ensure safety.
  • Ability to integrate complex clinical information into a coherent formulation, making highly skilled evaluations and decisions taking a long term perspective where appropriate
  • Ability to tolerate and reduce anxiety and distress in others, and use judgement skills to decide on relevant actions even in times of stress.
Qualifications Essential
  • Masters level qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Active registration with the UKCP as a Systemic and Family Therapist
  • Post qualification specialist therapy/assessment training relevant to children and young people
  • Post qualification training or proven equivalent experience in supervision
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working systemically with a range of children and young people with complex needs, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist assessment and evidence-based systemic interventions, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring their safety in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience of initiating, attending and contributing to multi-professional and interagency meetings.
  • Experience of managing and processing emotionally distressing information, seeking support as required

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