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Family Therapist / Psychological Therapist

Band 7

Main area
NELFT Eating Disorder service
Band 7
Full Time 37.5 Hours per Week
Job ref
£33,222 - £43,041 pa (plus HCAS)
20/11/2018 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Family Therapist to join our dedicated multi-disciplinary Community Eating Disorder Team. North East London NHS Foundation Trust Community Eating Disorder service provides evidence based NICE compliant psychological interventions to clients and their families with an Eating Disorder.

Unlike many other mental health services we offer specialist assessment and treatment across the life span from age 8yrs with no upper age limit. The team’s multi-disciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals with an eating disorder is a real strength.

We are looking for a suitably qualified Family Therapist to support the team deliver the best possible treatment to our clients and their families. We are seeking an individual with the knowledge and skills to work as part of a multi- disciplinary team and be innovative in their approach to supporting this client group.

The applicant will have proven clinical experience in the application of evidence based psychological treatment to clients, either in family based therapy or in individual therapy.

Key roles and responsibilities:

To provide highly specialised assessments for service users with an eating disorder. The assessments will include: mental health, physical health, social care, quality of life, domains of strengths and weaknesses. A range of self-report questionnaires and interviews will be employed which require specialist training to administer and interpret, and for which training will be provided.

The post holder is expected to work well within a team setting whilst also being able to deliver an autonomous service as part of the role, operating within recognised professional guidelines and the overall framework of the eating disorder service’s policies and procedures.

We actively encourage a team approach and are interested in informing new treatments for eating disorders

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).


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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

Name: Rory Harnett

Service Manager

Lucy Serpell

Clinical Lead

0300 555 1216

If you have problems applying, contact

0300 300 1530 option 2