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Family & Systemic Psychotherapist ( CAMHS Looked After Children Team)

Band 7

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Family and Systemic Psychotherapy ( CAMHS Looked After Children)
Band 7
Fixed term: 23 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week - 1.0 WTE
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
The Northern Health Centre
£38,890 to £44,503 per annum + Inner London HCAS
11/10/2020 23:59

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Family & Systemic Psychotherapist ( CAMHS Children Looked After Team)

2 Year Fixed-Term Contract

This is exciting opportunity for a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist with an interest in working with looked after children, their families and foster carers. You will join a committed and experienced multi-disciplinary clinical team for looked after and care experienced young people. The team is commissioned and located in social care but managed within the CAMHS management structure. Clinicians are embedded in social work teams,  working alongside social workers and other allied practitioners, in an integrated and trauma informed service that aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of looked after children. This newly created post arises from additional funding for a clinician to contribute to two areas of practice development and the post holder will work two and a half days in each.

Family Re-unification Project (0.5 WTE)

The post holder will contribute to piloting a new practice framework, aimed at improving the assessment and support offered to children and families, when children return home following a period in care. The role will include offering systemic therapy to promote relationships and stability for children returning home from care and consultation to social workers and other professionals . It is anticipated that some therapeutic work will be home based and offered jointly with social workers.

Specialist Fostering Scheme (0.5 WTE)

The specialist fostering scheme in Islington aims to offer a family placement to young people presenting with a level of complexity that makes a family setting challenging to stabilise. Carers in this scheme are offered an enhanced package of therapeutic support, individually and in a group, aimed at supporting  their parenting role. The scheme is expanding and the post holder will join the Clinical Psychologist already working in this area to offer individual and group sessions to foster carers. There will also be opportunities to facilitate an attachment based parenting skills group for foster carers and contribute to other training.

This is an good time to join the team as we continue to expand our clinical offer. We are looking for a highly motivated and innovative practitioner who can demonstrate

  • A good understanding of the needs of young people who are looked after and the challenges experienced by carers and professionals who support them.
  • Knowledge of the impact of developmental trauma and trauma informed practice.
  • A creative and flexible approach to working with children and families.
  • An interest in consultation and  integrated services.

You will receive regular supervision and meet your peers working in other teams in CAMHS, in  regular Family Therapy Discipline meetings.

The Borough

Islington is a wonderfully diverse borough. Despite its relatively small size it is densely populated with a resident child population of 40,000, which is about 20% of the total population. The borough is a diverse community with extremes of affluence and poverty. There is a broad cultural mix from a range of ethnic minority groups.

Islington  CAMHS

Islington Community CAMHS is an energetic, creative, hardworking multidisciplinary team of 90 staff working with parents, carers and their children from 0-18 years of age in community settings including Children’s Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools, Health Centres and Social Care Teams. We are a part of the Children and Young People’s IAPT initiative as well as a CWP site and joining the third wave of the Mental Health Support Teams schools initiative. 

Interview Date: TBC



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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Monica Lynch
Job title
Family Therapist/Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
020 3316 1824
Additional information

If you are interested in the post, please contact: Monica Lynch, Family Therapist & Team Manager or Jo McNeal, Clinical Psychologist to discuss further

monica.lynch@nhs.net, 020 3316 1824

joanna.mcneal@nhs.net 020 3316 1824




If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241