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Paediatric Renal Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist)

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Pediatric Nephrology
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part time: 22.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum
28/05/2020 23:59
Interview date

Southampton Children’s Hospital is looking for a Paediatric Renal Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist) to provide a therapy service to Children and Young people within the hospital setting that are dealing with long term conditions, as well as providing support to their families. 

This post will work closely with the Nephrology Multidisciplinary Team and other outside agencies.  The post will also support teaching for multi-disciplinary staff in the broader concepts of systemic therapy.

This is a part time position for 22.5 hours per week.


The Paediatric Nephrology Team currently consists of Consultant Nephrologists, Nephrology Clinical Nurse Specialists, dieticians and therapy teams.   The team receive referrals from across the local network as well as from the channel islands.  The service provides s a specialist Paediatric Haemodialysis service as well as inpatient and outpatient care.


As part of the Nephrology Team you will:

  • Manage a caseload and coordinate as required with the multidisciplinary teams as well as outside agencies.

  • Provide specialist systemic family therapy assessments of children, adolescents and their families who may be experiencing severe, complex and persistent physical and mental health problems, implementing specialist systemic interventions as required.

  • Actively contribute to the development of the Nephrology Team, promoting the continual improvement of patient care through evidence based practice, and maintaining quality of care as the highest priority.

  • Provide skilled informal and formal teaching and training to the multidisciplinary team within SCH as well as at local and national training events

  • Provide supervision to band 7 psychotherapist staff across Southampton Children’s Hospital


We are looking for someone with:

  • A postgraduate qualification in relevant mental health/social welfare professions and Nephrology services

  • Demonstrable practice in relevant first profession

  • Masters level or equivalent qualification in family systemic psychotherapy or equivalent registration as a systemic family therapist with the UKCP

  • Skills in assessment, intervention and management of Children and Young people with complex Nephrological needs and mental health difficulties

  • Strong communication skills

  • A positive attitude to problem solving


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.               

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Thursday, 11 June 2020.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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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

Arvind Nagra

Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist

02381 206254


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