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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 13/12/2020.

Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist

Job Reference: 222-SF-270

West London NHS Trust
Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist
Family Therapy, SOUTHALL
£50,575 - £56,490 per annum Pro Rata

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Ealing as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

Family Therapy Advert

Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Adult Forensic Psychiatry

West London NHS Trust, Psychological Therapies Dept, Southall

Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist Band 8a (0.7 WTE).

We have an excellent opportunity for a Systemic Family Therapist to join the well-established Systemic Family Work Team in the West London Forensic Service (WLFS), working with adult male and female service users and their networks. We provide systemic interventions across the Low and Medium Secure services and also for service users who have been discharged from hospital under the care of the Forensic Outreach Service or the Specialist Community Forensic Team.

The post will be of interest to practitioners who enjoy a Reflecting Team approach in their work, as this is the predominant mode of meeting with families connected with this service. This post requires substantial previous experience of working in Adult Mental Health, having an understanding of severe and enduring mental health difficulties, although not necessarily in a forensic context. The postholder will be UKPC registered as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist.

The Systemic Family Work Team is placed within a large Psychological Therapies Department based in WLFS on the St Bernards’s Hospital site. This department includes arts therapists, clinical and forensic psychologists, psychodynamic psychotherapists and substance use specialists. The Psychological Therapies Department provides input to 12 men’s wards and 6 women’s wards and two community forensic teams, each with their own dedicated multi-disciplinary team. These MDTs make referrals for family therapy and consultation on a case-by-case basis.

WLFS was recently rated as outstanding by the CQC. The service is committed to having collaborative relationships with service users and their networks in developing pathways to recovery and promoting effective risk management. The Psychological Therapies Department is supportive, providing high standards of supervision and opportunities for professional development and training. The Systemic Family Work Team also benefits from additional external clinical supervision. The postholder will be encouraged to contribute to training, supervision and consultation within the Psychological Therapies Department and also to the wider service.

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information, please contact Harriet Haworth, lead for the Systemic Family Work Team, on

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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