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Family and Systemic Psychotherapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapist to join the Core CAMHS team in Cambridge. You will form part of the leadership team, and work with young people with moderate to several mental health conditions and their families.

The role involves assessment and intervention work, both with generic mental health interventions and specific family therapy work (including running the Family Therapy Clinic). You will join a motivated and hardworking team who are passionate about supporting young people and families.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience working with children, young people and their families in a mental health setting and will display effective communication skills to excel in a clinical leadership role. The role involves supporting and supervising junior staff and providing evidence-based assessment and treatment for complex cases. The post-holder will have interest in service improvement and development.

If you're interested to come and join our dedicated and friendly team please do apply! We'd be happy to discuss informally - please contact Lee Revelles on 01223 465100.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified highly specialist systemic family therapy service to clients of Cambridgeshire Community CAMHS across all sectors of care. This post provides a systemic overview of the family approach to the treatment of complex mental health disorders.

The post-holder will be responsible for co-ordinating, developing and delivering a variety of family and systemic interventions. These interventions are highly specialised, reflecting an expectation that the service will continue to develop innovative practices that are based on collaboration between clinicians, service users and carers, and commissioners of the service. The post holder will be responsible for this process by researching new practices, understanding and applying evidence-based approaches both in relation to family treatments and in the involvement of service users and carers.

The post-holder will be expected to offer advice and consultation on clients' care to all colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. The post does not have any budgetary responsibilities.

The post-holder will be responsible for providing supervision for colleagues who may be using systemic practice, and when requested, to offer supervision to other family therapist in the Trust.

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
  • Models behaviours that treat others with dignity, respect and compassion.
  • Listens actively and respectfully to others (active listening, nodding, eye contact).
  • Identifies and challenges unacceptable practice of peers and colleagues respectfully, and takes appropriate action to resolve.
  • Improves the quality of services e.g. someone is waiting, I will ask them if they have been seen etc.
  • Treats individuals with respect and kindness (eye contact, smiling etc.)
  • Works in partnership and collaboration with others; respects their rights and promotes equality at all times.
  • Responds to an individuals situation, needs and preferences, and does not stereo type people
  • Develops trust with service users and colleagues through delivering what they say they will and having a flexible approach to their work
  • Responsible for the delivery of a full range of family treatments to all patients. These treatments may include the following systemic psychotherapy interventions;
    • Conjoint family therapy (all family members present in the room at the same time, plus patient and other members of multi-disciplinary team).
    • Separated family therapy (i.e. parental counselling and individual systemic counselling running in parallel).
    • Multi-family group therapy
  • The post holder is expected to participate in assessments of patients referred for treatment and to consult to multi-disciplinary and multi-agency colleagues regarding the family treatment component of each patients care. Assessment of family interactions and formulating how these are connected to diagnostic factors will be a key component of the post, influencing the direction of treatment and recommendations for appropriate family interventions.

  • Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
    • M.Sc./Post-graduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy/Family Therapy.
    • UKCP registered family therapist.
    • Additional qualification in a related profession (e.g. social work, nursing, psychology).
    • Current safeguarding training
    • Relevant specialist training in adolescent mental health disorders
    • Advanced training in supervision
    Experience Essential
    • Substantial post-qualifying experience as a systemic/family psychotherapist working in health care or social care setting
    • Substantial experience of working with children, adolescents and families with complex mental health problems.
    • Experience of supervising other mental health professionals.
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
    • Planning and delivering teaching to health and/or social care professionals.
    • Involvement in a variety of systemic psychotherapy interventions (e.g. conjoint family therapy, parental counselling, group therapy).
    • Experience of planning and applying service developments
    • Relevant experience of working collaboratively with service users and carers in the development of patient/client-centred services
    • Familiarity with research methodology
    • Experience facilitating the development of multi-disciplinary staff groups through the application of systemic models
    • Relevant experience as a senior staff member
    • Experience across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
    Skills & Abilities Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
    • Of current, evidence based, stepped care models of care as detailed in NICE guidance.
    • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
    • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
    • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised systemic therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)
    • Generic supervisor competencies as detailed in Children's Division clinical Governance Report.
    • Knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and ASD and learning disability including specific child protection and risk issues relevant to this group of CYP.
    • Formal training in supervision of other systemic therapists.
    Knowledge & Understanding Essential
    • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of systemic psychotherapy.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by UKCP and AFT.
    Physical Requirements Essential
    • Ability to work competently with highly distressing circumstances - frequently facilitating discussions in which complex treatment decisions are made.
    • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress Mental Effort
    • Ability to frequently concentrate for sustained periods of time in order to plan and apply complex systemic interventions (e.g. multi-family group therapy).
    • Ability to understand and utilise therapeutic use of self and to maintain insight through constructive use of personal supervision
    Other Essential
    • To maintain highest professional standards and skills required by UKCP and AFT for annual registration.
    • Willingness to develop the role of the family/systemic psychotherapist within the service and to contribute to the broader field.
    • Must be capable of interpreting broad occupational policies and be accountable for own professional actions.
    • Record of having published in either peer-reviewed journals or equivalent.

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