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Systemic Family Therapist Lead
NHS AfC: Band 8a
37.5 per week
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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
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Based at Tenterden Street Bury & Grosvenor House, Stockport
Bury and Stockport
£40,428 - £48,514 per annum
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Systemic Family Therapist Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Formed in 2002, Pennine Care has grown to become a leading provider of community and mental health services.

Our vision is to deliver the best care to patients, people and families in our local communities, by working effectively with partners to help people to live well.

We provide care to thousands of people every day. In fact our community and mental health services support around 2.4 million patient contacts each year across six boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

As well as looking after our patients, we look after our 5,500 staff, and we’re proud to be listed in the HSJ and Nursing Times ‘Top 120 Places to Work’ list (2015). Staff are supported to continue their professional development with relevant training and progression opportunities. 

We consider ourselves lucky to be based just a few miles from the wonderful city of Manchester. We have vibrant city life in one direction and rolling green countryside in the other – the best of both worlds!

The Trust provides support to all new starters, in patient facing roles bands 1 to 4, to successfully complete the Fundamental Care Certificate standards relevant to their role. The certificate provides knowledge and skills to enable staff to perform safely and effectively.



Community Eating Disorder Service for Children and Young People (CEDS – CYP)

Band 8a Family Therapist (1 wte working 0.5 wte in each of the North and South Hubs)

We are looking for experienced and motivated staff to join us within our new and exciting community eating disorder services for children and young people (CED - CYP). We have recruited a range of professionals to create a dynamic multi-disciplinary team that will provide a specialist service to children, young people and families with an eating disorder. This post holder will enhance existing provision within our community Healthy Young Minds (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) serving our boroughs of Bury, Oldham, Heywood Middleton and Rochdale in the North and Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford in the South of the Trust.

Role summary

The post-holder will be responsible for developing a cohesive strategy for the delivery of family therapy across the HYM Directorate through significant leadership and project management skills.

Within your specialist clinical role you will take a lead in providing a highly specialist family therapy service to young people from the Community Eating Disorder Service. This involves providing specialist assessment and systemic family psychotherapy to young people, their families, and to other, non-professional carers.

You will offer leadership, advice, consultation, supervision and training to other professionals within the service and to other professionals in the Directorate who are engaged in family work. The post holder will exercise autonomous judgement in professional practice within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities

  • The post provides a specialised service requiring the post holder to have developed an advanced level of generic and specific therapeutic skills and have a well-developed and proven understanding of young people with eating disorders.
  • The emphasis is on the provision of expert assessment and treatment intervention of young people and their families and carers. A high degree of autonomy and responsibility for decision making is expected with regard to assessment and treatment intervention.
  • The Family Therapist operates both independently and as an integrated member of a multi-disciplinary team. As a team member the Family Therapist has some generic roles and responsibilities with regard to the community eating disorder team (CED). The Family Therapist needs to have an advanced level of experience of mental health in young people and be equipped to provide specialist assessment and treatment intervention to young people and their families and carers suffering from an eating disorder; as well as consultation and advice to other organisations and services.
  • The post holder will lead, develop and be responsible for the implementation of a consultation process to the wider multi-disciplinary team and HYM teams, from a family therapy perspective, on highly complex young people.
  • The post holder will lead on providing specialist systemic family therapy supervision and developing supervision structures across the Directorate.
  • The Family Therapist will be involved in regular training of other professionals and trainee staff on generic aspects of adolescent mental health and specialist family therapy.
  • The Family Therapist will be based within the CEDS. Primarily, responsible for providing family therapy to young people and their families and carers during their treatment. The role will carry an individual case load and may include working with young people who are admitted for inpatient care, as appropriate.
  • As a clinician the post holder will be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating systemic/family therapies as an autonomous practitioner. As a Systemic Family Therapist the post holder will have responsibility for providing clinical leadership to the team and advise multi-disciplinary teams as appropriate.
  • This highly specialist role will have a key function in leading and developing family intervention skills and the family therapy strategy across the multi-disciplinary team and the HYM Directorate. Regular teaching of others and clinical supervision, both internally and externally as appropriate will form a key part of the role.
  • A key role will see the post holder being involved in projects to embed family therapy for children and young people within inpatient services into the community HYM teams as well as leading on other Directorate work streams.
  • To participate if required in the on call rota for HYM and specific service on call rotas if needed

 Key requirements of the person specification: - Education and Qualifications

  • Professional qualification in Health or Social Care, e.g. RMN, Social Work and evidence of post registration professional development.
  • An AFT recognised four year training leading to a qualification in Systemic Psychotherapy/ Family Therapy.
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registration (Systemic)
  • Registered systemic supervisor training.
  • Demonstrable clinical experience of working with service users in the health and social care field, some of which should be in the context of service users with eating disorders, as part of relevant first profession.
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a qualified systemic therapist within HYM. Undertaken specialist training in the area of eating disorders
  • Experience of teaching and training systemic/ family therapy theory/skills and generic mental health training to other professional groups
  • Experience of supervising staff in systemic approaches

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Vicky Brown, Clinical Lead, North Hub - 0161-716-1560

Lisa Lewer, Clinical Lead, South Hub -0161-716-4060

If you have problems applying, contact

0161 716 3049