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Multisystemic Therapy (MST) Therapist

Job Reference: 284-18-FTBSM-899

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
284 Finch Road - Community (FTB)
£28,050 to £36,644 pa

Officially launched in February 2017, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust brings together Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Women’s Hospital together under one united NHS Foundation Trust – the first of its kind in the UK.

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.

MST Therapist Advert

MST Therapists (with backgrounds in Psychology, Social work, Family Systemic Therapy, Mental Health and Criminal Justice)

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


Salary: £28,050 to £36,644

Job Type: Substantive

Pay band: Band 6

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week


We welcome applications from staff with backgrounds in Psychology, Social work, Family Systemic Therapy, Mental Health and Criminal Justice.

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.

An exciting opportunity now has arisen for suitably qualified and experienced practitioners. 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 a 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 a 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 be required to attend a five day orientation training week. Further information can be obtained if required by emailing Dr. Vicky Thakordas-Desai, Consultant Forensic Psychologist and MST Pathway Lead:

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Closing date for applications: 22nd March 2019

Interviews will take place w/c: 3rd April 2019


Please ensure that you read and understand the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against.

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

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website.

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

BWC is a teaching hospital and as such you may come into contact with students of many disciplines. Staff must comply with Trust policy and respective regulatory body requirements in relation to training and updating and fulfil duties of mentorship and assessment as required.

*Please read additional documents attcahed relating to probation period and Brexit*

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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