Highly Specialist Systemic Family Psychotherapist
South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
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The CYP Community Eating Disorders Service is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Directorate of Southwest London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, a well-established provider of mental health services to the populations of Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston and Richmond, as well as providing a range of specialist services to a wider, regional and national catchment area.
The post is within a multidisciplinary team providing a community out-patient service, in addition to a developing intensive service. The service has close links with the in-patient specialist eating disorders unit (Wisteria Ward) on site, outpatient consultant paediatric care provided as part of the MDT, and brief inpatient paediatric care at nearby St George's Hospital. We also work closely with our colleagues in specialist adult eating disorder services on site which cover community, day, and inpatient services, and with whom we have developed a transitions family therapy clinic.
Main duties of the job
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Systemic Psychotherapist to join the CYP Community Eating Disorders Service in a senior clinical role. Suitable applicants will have extensive experience in CAMHS settings and in systemic supervision and consultation. They will have excellent knowledge and skills related to NICE concordant treatments for eating disorders and would most likely have worked in a specialist CAMHS eating disorders service at some time.
The post holder will contribute substantial therapeutic expertise in working with families where a young person has an eating disorder, as well as contributing to consultation and development of multidisciplinary team members and providing supervision to staff members delivering eating disorder-focussed family interventions (as agreed with the professional lead). Supported by experienced colleagues and the clinical and professional leads for the service, the post holder will play a significant role in implementing evidence-based interventions and in ongoing development of the clinical model, particularly for single- and multi-family therapies, family therapy clinics for consultation and training, and complex case reviews. Contributing to our established systemic consultation process and systemic clinic will be part of the role and there will also be opportunities to contribute to the staff development programme. An interest in teaching, service development, quality improvement, and research would be desirable.
We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.
We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.
This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.
We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.
We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.
About our locations:
Springfield University Hospital, Tooting
Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our £150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.
The post holder will:
- Ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist systemic family psychotherapy to children, young people and their families/carers within the designated clinical service area
- Supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychology and psychotherapy (P&P) staff and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment by agreement with the Professional Consultant Lead for CYP-CEDS
- Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service area, working with the Professional Consultant Lead for CYP-CEDS to coordinate psychological assessment, treatment and therapy resources across the teams
- Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the designated clinical service area
- Practice clinically within a designated setting, and by example will uphold high standards of psychological and psychotherapeutic assessment, treatment and care.
- Be a source of advice and guidance in relation to risk management and safeguarding.
- Be responsible for the clinical governance structures that support and guide multi-disciplinary colleagues providing psychological therapies in community settings in designated service areas. These governance structures include professional and clinical supervision, PADR processes, CPD and training needs, and recording standards.
- Directly provide clinical supervision to psychology and/or psychotherapy colleagues, and professional supervision to colleagues from a range of psychology and psychotherapy disciplines. Some supervision may be provided across borough boundaries.
- Have a significant role in ensuring that the quality of child mental health work provided in the community is reflected both in clinical records and in data collected that will include the CAMHS minimum data set and CYP IAPT measures. It will be important to contribute to efforts to maximise the benefits of the electronic clinical record system that the service has adopted, and to ensure that clinicians record risk in accordance with policy and guidance.
- Provide coordinated service leadership in designated areas in conjunction with Clinical Leads and Team Managers, advising on service developments.
- Coordinate with Team Managers and Clinical Leads in managing clinical performance concerns.
- Work to promote synergy and connection between local authority, third sector and health services so as to foster joined-up care and to maximise the benefit of available mental health resources for children, young people and their carers.
- Promote service user involvement in shaping services.
- Promote equality of access to healthcare and awareness of how social difference can influence treatment outcome and service user experience.
Training and Qualifications
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