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Psychological Therapist/Family Therapist

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Family Therapist
Band 7
Full and Part Time Hours Available
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Gate House, Julian Hospital
£31,696 - £41,787 per annum
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Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

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Jodie is now 16 and has been known to us in the Eating Disorder team for two years. When we met her she was very unwell and significantly underweight and her body was struggling to cope. She was referred to our team by her GP and immediately admitted to the local paediatric ward for treatment. Our team visited Josie and her family on the ward daily throughout her 10 day admission to engage with Jodie and her family to establish a therapeutic rapport.

On discharge, our whole team came together and we continued to work intensively with her and  the family with the aim of empowering the family and preventing the need for a further separation from home. We encouraged her family to take things one day at a time, contacting them daily to provide support and meeting with Josie at least twice a week. Jodie’s family shared stories of her difficulty to manage her eating, extreme anxiety around meals, persistent exercise, and Josie’s very limited insight into the severity of the condition. Jodie required constant support and supervision from her parents to be able to manage her eating disorder, and they have said that without the guidance and intervention from our team they would not have been able to do this. 

With the support of the specialist eating disorder team over the past two years, Jodie has been able to make remarkable progress in her recovery journey. She is now back at school full-time, her wellbeing is much improved and most importantly she can recognise that recovery can give her far more than the eating disorder ever promised to, something which two years ago she never thought would be possible.

Jodie’s key worker in the team has said: “Working with people like Jodie is the reason why I do my job. When she first presented to our team she was so poorly and we were very concerned that she was going to need an admission to a specialist unit due to how unwell she was.  However, Jodie’s parents have been incredible at offering her the support that we have advised and have taken on board everything that we have told them. I was fortunate enough to be part of Jodie’s treatment from the very beginning and built a very good relationship with her early on. Seeing how hard she has worked in the past few months and knowing that I have been part of her journey is a great feeling. I am so proud of her for how far she has come”.

Would you like to be part of helping someone to get their life back again? Would you like to help young people to see that recovery from an eating disorder is possible?  Would you like to be part of a story like Jodie’s?

Child & Adolescent Eating Disorder Services in Norfolk are now in the third year of Local transformation plans in accordance with National Access & Waiting Time Standards and as such due to enter a period of further transformational change. To support this process we are looking to recruit an experienced Family Therapist or similarly accredited psychotherapist with demonstrable experience of working within a systemic model.

We are looking for excellent communicators, self-motivating and committed to delivering high quality standards of care. A confident and experienced practitioner with excellent assessment skills and the ability to formulate clinical decisions and management plans and act on them quickly whilst working in a demanding and challenging environment. A flexible ‘can do’ attitude, with a willingness to build links with colleagues across teams and agencies is essential to ensure that a proactive interface is created between the CAMHS Eating Disorders team and stakeholders.

The local network model across the county is set to work within a clearly defined structure and clear overall leadership with a view to offer an overarching standardised model of service delivery led by a Consultant Clinical Lead and falling within a single operational management structure.

This will present a unique opportunity for dynamic and passionate individuals with an interest in working within CAMHS Community Eating Disorders to come together with Young People, their families and other system-wide stakeholders to begin to fashion a vision which will shape the delivery of Eating Disorder Services for Children & Young People across Norfolk.

Click on the job description to find out more about the role, then click apply to start your candidate experience!

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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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