Family & Systemic Psychotherapist

Location London
Job type Permanent
Salary £40k - 45k per year
Reference 167624

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a permanent role for a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist to work full-time based in London.

The salary for this permanent Family & Systemic Psychotherapist job is £40,000 - £45,000 per annum.


  • Work as part of a Tier 4 child and adolescent in-patient service, providing treatment for children and young people with eating disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of children, young people and their families with complex eating disorder and other complex mental health problems
  • Work across both hospital sites (Ridgeway & Barnet ) and also carry an outpatient caseload
  • Providing support and guidance, helping other staff members develop skills in working with families
  • Provide both specialist and generic assessments of referred patients, using interview and other assessment methods as appropriate
  • Formulate and devise treatment plans for referred patients and to provide interventions using a range of generic and discipline specific models appropriate to the service
  • Both short and long term treatment approaches
  • Liaise with all relevant staff members regarding the care and treatment of clients
  • Establish and maintain effective communication and relationships with nursing and other multi-disciplinary colleagues within the service and also with professionals in referring agencies
  • Contribute systemic perspectives to the multi-disciplinary team’s understandings and care of clients
  • Liaise with other health, social care and education staff, from the range of agencies involved in the care of clients
  • Provide specialist mental health advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals/ agencies to assist in the formulation, diagnosis and treatment of clients
  • Manage own caseload and to seek advice and supervision as appropriate
  • Provide reports and communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation, treatment plans and needs of clients
  • Attend case reviews and other professional meetings and provide reports where appropriate
  • Facilitate groups with parents and young people
  • Continue to develop skills in systemic practice and models of therapy specific to eating disorders
  • Take opportunities both formal and informal to provide in-house teaching and training about systemic family therapy and its application to eating disorders and other relevant presentations
  • Provide advice and consultation where appropriate, to other members of the multi- disciplinary team, nursing and health care assistants
  • Contribute to the development, evaluation, implementation and monitoring of the operational policies of the service
  • Utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in family work and with other team members and inter-agency colleagues
  • Ensure the development and maintenance of the highest personal standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holder’s professional and service managers
  • Work flexibly and with initiative to meet the core aims of service delivery to clients
  • contribute to the development and articulation of best practice within the service areas, by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the post holder’s area of specialism and in child mental health and related disciplines

Requirements of the Family & Systemic Psychotherapist:

  • Registration or eligibility for registration with U.K.C.P
  • Post-graduate (MSc.) level qualification in family and systemic psychotherapy recognised by AFT
  • Prior professional qualification and experience in another relevant discipline e.g. mental health nursing, social work, clinical psychology
  • Post Qualifying (family therapy) experience
  • Additional training relevant to the post
  • Substantial experience of working with children, young people and their families
  • Experience of working in a CAMH’s service
  • Experience of contributing to multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Experience of working with complex mental health problems
  • Experience of working with eating disorders
  • Experience of delivering groups, e.g. parent or sibling groups or groups for adolescents
  • Experience of multi- family group therapy interventions
  • Experience of Inpatient work
  • Experience of providing a culturally sensitive service
  • Experience of supervising colleagues from other disciplines
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of family and systemic psychotherapy. Knowledge and Skills of a range of models in the assessment and treatment of child mental health
  • Working knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one other specialist psychological therapy including specific family and systemic theories and evidence base
  • Knowledge and skills in effective communication, orally and in writing, complex ,highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues
  • Knowledge of the relevant clinical research literature and ability to apply it to the field of eating disorders and child mental health
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health, education, the Children’s Act and Child protection/safeguarding
  • Ability to provide on-going treatment in complex and frequently changing circumstances
  • Ability to form good working relationships and work flexibly with others in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to manage high levels of stress and a busy working environment
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice
  • Interest and ability to contribute to service development
  • Experience of providing training, education, support, consultation to other professionals
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations with clients and /or professionals


This Family & Systemic Psychotherapist job is advertised by Craig Osborne; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.