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Family Therapist

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Priory Hospital Bristol, Heath House Lane, Stapleton, BS16 1EQ

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Part Time


£20,000 per annum (£40,000 FTE)


18.75 hrs p/wk

Job Advert - Division Information

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

Priory is the leading provider of behavioural care in the UK.

We organise ourselves into four divisions – healthcare, education and children’s services, adult care and older people’s care – which together support the needs of more than 30,000 people every year.

Our purpose is to make a real and lasting difference for everyone we support.

Priory is dedicated to helping people to improve their health and wellbeing. We understand that in order for people to achieve high quality clinical and educational outcomes they need individually tailored programmes, suiting their specific needs.

The Priory Group has established an unrivalled reputation for delivering a real and lasting difference for its service users. 

Job Advert Role Description

We are looking for a creative Family Therapist or Systemic Psychotherapist who enjoys collaborative working with sometimes complex presentations of young people, their families and carers. Your role will be a critical contribution to the multidisciplinary team's outcomes. As such, delivering appropriate treatments and interventions for young people and their families to promote and develop the mental, emotional, physical and social well-being of the  young people at Kent House. You will work closely with the MDT. Experience of working in in-patient services and working with Parents and Carer’s groups would be desirable


The role:

To work as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary team to provide assessments and interventions for children, young people and their families who have been referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). To develop a high quality specialist family therapy assessment and intervention team. To provide family therapy advice, training and supervision to colleagues, as appropriate.



•   To provide evidence based assessments and treatments within a hospital and clinic setting for children, young people and families who experience a range of mental health difficulties receiving services from CAMHS in patient services in Priory Group.

•   To create assessment formulations, hypothesis and treatment plans which are regularly reviewed.

•  To provide specialist family therapy assessments and evidence based interventions on a time limited basis.

•  To provide systematic family plans and utilise theory, knowledge and practice based on a conceptual framework using evidence based practice.

• Make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex relationship factors.

• To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of people of diverse, racial, cultural, religious backgrounds and different lifestyles particularly those who find change difficult.

• To conduct risk assessments and provide risk management plans in line with the clinical risk policy.

• To regularly review and monitor outcome of assessment and effects of treatment in line with goal based outcomes and the care programme approach.

• To escalate to the Consultant and Hospital SMT any issues or concerns regarding adherence to treatment plans.

• To work within hospital, Priory Group and local safeguarding policies and procedures.

• To plan and prioritise their own workload whilst coordinating with colleagues in the home CAMHS locality teams so service users do not wait longer than necessary for a planned intervention and have a seamless transition to community CAMHS services.

• To work autonomously and independently in day-to-day practice with support from colleagues

• To work jointly and in collaboration with other team members and colleagues in other agencies.

• To provide advice and support to colleagues across all agencies involved in the care of children, young people, and their families / carers.

• To plan and chair multi-disciplinary / multi-agency professional and family meetings (e.g. care planning / discharge planning).

• To work within the standards set out by the CQC, other regulators and evidence based practice.

• To provide 20 clinical contacts per week per WTE.

• To work within the Priory Group’s behaviours and values.

•  Participation in mandatory and other relevant training.

• Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislative frameworks including Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, DOLS.

• To provide specialist supervision, training and consultation to colleagues with the approval of the Director of Clinical Services and Therapy Services Manager.

• To under taken clinical audit / outcomes assessments on a regular basis.

• To participate in service developments including service user feedback.

• To contribute to the development of care pathways and other treatment protocols.

• To abide by the confidentiality policy.

• To ensure all Priory Group policies and procedures are adhered to, understood and carried out.

• To maintain clinical records as per the Group and Divisional policies and ensure any clinical advice is recorded on care notes.


Knowledge/ Education/ Skills:

•  Qualified Family Therapist and up to date professional registration

•  Post qualification experience of working with children and young people in a mental health service.

•  Membership of a relevant professional organisation

•  To be aware of current research findings and implement evidence-based practice in line with the CAMHS service lines and relevant NICE guidelines

•  Awareness of Child Protection issues and procedures

•  Passionate about providing high quality care

• Passionate about continuous improvement with a demonstrated track record in organisation change.

• The ability to deal with multiple issues simultaneously in a highly dynamic environment.

• Proven record of ability to manage time and work to strict deadlines.



• Currently working as part of mental health service or similar for children and young people

• Experience of carrying out supervision both individual and in a group setting.

• Experience of making informed decisions sometimes in difficult circumstances.

• Strong track record of innovation and making changes to the operation to further improve the work environment and site performance.


We are looking for colleges who share our values:

•           Putting people first - We put the needs of our service users above all else.

•           Being a family - We support our colleagues, our service users and their families when they need us most.

•           Acting with integrity - We are honest, transparent and decent. We treat each other with respect.

•           Striving for excellence - for over 140 years, we have been trusted by our service users with their care. We take this trust seriously and constantly strive to improve the services we provide.

•           Being positive - We see the best in our service users and each other and we strive to get things done. We never give up and we learn from our mistakes.

For further information please contact Nikki Ralph - Therapy Services Manager on 0117 952 5255

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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