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Family Therapist - Diabetes

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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CBT therapist
Band 7
Part Time
We would like to recruit a positive, enthusiastic, values led family therapist working into the Diabetes diabetes Multi-Disciplinary Team.

The posts are based at Addenbrookes hospital as part of a larger Paediatric Psychological medicine team providing chiefly outpatient care, accepting referrals from Paediatric specialties within Addenbrookes. The posts work alongside the multi-disciplinary teams for each of the specialties - Diabetes working into the endocrine service. The successful applicants will represent the Paediatric Psychological medicine team, enhancing the patient experience, providing seamless packages of care and promoting the integration of physical and mental health. Longer term goals will include working towards the creation of and working in the Cambridge Children's Hospital of the future.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicants will provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy to patients and their families, at the same time as offering advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. The psychologist will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

As well as being embedded in specialty multi-disciplinary teams you will work as a part of a large and growing Paediatric Psychological Medicine team consisting chiefly of Psychologists but also of Counsellors, Nurses, Psychiatrists and a family Therapist. The size and growth of the team will create options for learning about new specialisms, formal training opportunities and career progression.

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 & physical 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 our 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 ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

  • To contribute to the development and promotion of best practice within your profession, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.
  • To maintain and develop the profile of psychology within the Trust, regionally and nationally as appropriate during all professional contacts with patients, carers, colleagues and the public.
  • To contribute to the reduction of risk in areas of responsibility.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of AFT, UKCP and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To produce psychological reports and notes in a timely manner and to provide management information in line with Trust policies and procedures in a timely manner.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.
  • To work in accordance with Trust policies and procedures, and your professional code of conduct and to be aware of changes in these. To maintain an up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation and local policies and procedures implementing this.
  • To contribute to the analysis, development, evaluation and monitoring of the Trusts and teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise the Paediatric medical services and professional management on those aspects of the services where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To report clinical data to service leads (and where applicable) charity leads and to join national a regional meetings with clinical psychologists and stakeholders.

  • Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
    • Postgraduate qualification in relevant mental health/ social welfare profession and demonstrable practice over a minimum of three years
    • Masters level qualification (or equivalent) in Systemic and Family Psychotherapy, UKCP registered. Maintenance of UKCP Registration by attendance on short or long training courses to meet AFT CPD requirements.
    • Maintenance of UKCP Registration by attendance on short or long training courses to meet AFT CPD requirements.
    • Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of therapeutic practice
    Experience Essential
    • inimum two year practice postqualifying experience as a systemic/Family Therapist working in health care or social care setting
    • Experience 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
    • Experience 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
    • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
    • Experience of risk assessment and risk management
    • Experience of working with children and families of all ages
    • Experience of working in a medical setting
    • Experience of specialist systemic assessment, formulation and intervention with clients across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community and residential or educational.
    • Experience of working with a range of child and adolescent disorders at the acute and chronic stage
    • Experience of risk assessment and risk management from a systemic/relational perspective
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Demonstrable ability to create sustainable working alliance with service users, families, colleagues and other professionals
    • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
    • Specialist 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
    • Specialist skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups

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