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Band 8a Systemic Psychotherapist - Bristol

Band 8a

Main area
Systemic Psychotherapy/Family Therapy
Band 8a
Part Time 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
Barton Hill Settlement
From £44,606 per annum, pro rata
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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.

We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.


This is a unique opportunity to join our multi-disciplinary and highly innovative  Be Safe Service. The 2015 and 2018 CQC Inspections rated this service as outstanding in a number of areas. The service is regarded highly both locally and nationally. 

Be Safe is involved in a number of collaborations including with the Green House sexual abuse counselling service in delivering a Restorative Justice Project, Kent University in developing and implementing a treatment programme for young people with learning disabilities and their parents/carers, and replicating and adapting a treatment programme for children and their parents carers/carers developed by Oklahoma University Health Sciences Centre, and Circles of Support and Accountability, South West. 

We are looking for a creative and energetic individual to work in collaboration with the team in helping families to heal and support them in moving forward. Systemic practice is highly valued within the service.

The post holder will:

    • take a lead role on the provision of a high quality specialist Systemic Psychotherapy/Family Therapy provision (including consultation, assessment and therapeutic intervention) within the Be Safe Service for children and young people who have engaged in harmful/problematic sexual behaviour and their parents/carers and the system supporting them.
    • provide direct clinical work to children, young people and their families ensuring they receive interventions according to NICE guidelines, current evidence, and local pathways of care
    • offer systemic clinical supervision and specialist systemic multi-agency consultations to a wide variety of professionals in line with the service objectives and delivery targets, as well as appropriate training as required.
    • work collaboratively with referrers, and partner agencies including CAMHS and Social Care.
    • work alongside the Clinical Team Manager and CAMHS Specialist Services Operations Manager to support excellent leadership and governance within the service.

Family Therapy plays a key role in the delivery of our CAMHS and Specialist services.   We are hoping for Family Therapists/Systemic Psychotherapists to join us who will share our passion and commitment for systemic psychotherapy across a range of presentations. The service places a strong emphasis on continuing professional development and clinical supervision for all team members. There are a number of other Family Therapists across the Trust creating a vibrant and exciting systemic community. We encourage the development of professional networks and support. We are looking for individuals to build on our existing provision and approaches, identifying service priorities with other team members, and also assisting with developments from a Family Therapy/systemic practice perspective. 

In addition to this part time post there is also another vacancy available for one day a week for 6 months.

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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

Stephen Barry, Be Safe Service Clinical Team Manager/Lead Clinician on 0117 340 8700 or email at