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MST Therapist

Job Reference: 284-20-MHSCM-913

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Forward Thinking Birmingham
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application.

For most roles flexible working may be considered, we would encuorage you to speak to the recruiting manager about this.


MST Therapist Advert

MST Therapists (with backgrounds in Psychology, Social work, Family Systemic Therapy, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Education, Therapeutic care support)

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Trust, Forward Thinking Birmingham

Salary: £31,365 to £37,890 (additional on call payments available)

Job Type: 1x Substantive and 1x 12 months Fixed Term

Pay band: Band 6

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week


If you are passionate about changing the lives of young people and their families, thrive on working with complex populations and have a background in Psychology, Social work, Family Systemic Therapy, Mental Health and Criminal Justice, Nursing, Education, Therapeutic care work then we would love to hear from you!

The Multisystemic Therapy programme has been in operation in Birmingham since 2011 and is one of five interventions that form the Intensive Family Support Service for complex families within Birmingham, under the Think Family programme. This project is delivered in partnership with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The successful candidate will be fully integrated within the Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) mental health service.

Multisystemic Therapy is an evidence-based community treatment model directed at young people aged 11-17 with problematic anti-social or offending behaviour, which puts them at risk of an out-of-home placement. The model represents state-of-the-art, evidence-based practice to address the multiple determinants underlying anti-social/offending behaviour in young people. The programme provides intensive home-based family interventions and also draws on models of parent training, cognitive behavioural therapy and social skills building to focus on the aspects of the young person’s ecology that are related to the problematic behaviours.

We are seeking practitioners with experience of working therapeutically with young people and families using a range of evidence-based models including systemic, CBT, family therapy and behavioural approaches. Regular duties include assessment, treatment, and collaboration with families, young person, school and agency professionals. Therapists will function as part of an MST team and will participate in weekly team supervision and consultation. Therapists must be available to provide rotational on-call 24-hour coverage as this is an essential component of the post, as is flexible working outside normal office hours. As an MST Therapist, you can expect to develop your therapeutic skills in working with families and in applying structured interventions that target the multiple drivers to antisocial/offending behaviour under the guidance of an MST clinical supervisor and MST consultant. You will be part of an energetic team who are committed to achieving positive life outcomes for the young people we work with. The successful applicant will attend a five-day orientation training week.

Secondment opportunities are also available. Further information can be obtained by emailing Dr. Vicky Thakordas-Desai, Consultant Forensic Psychologist and MST Pathway Lead:

Interviews will take place w/c 22nd March 2021

BWC is committed to inclusion and diversity. Please ensure that you review the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against. If you believe your experience means you meet the criteria, please draw this out in your application

We would encourage all applicants to apply early as this vacancy may close earlier than the stated closing date once we receive sufficient applications. We do not accept cv’s (with the exception of consultant posts). Please be aware that any false information on your application form can lead to withdrawal of any offer of employment, disciplinary action and/or a criminal conviction

As this post involves a regulated activity you will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and where appropriate to the role, include information against the Independent Safeguarding Authority barred lists for working with children and/or working with adults.

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