Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist / Family Therapist

Schoen Clinic Chelsea


Schoen Clinic is the largest family-run hospital group in Germany, with a team of 10,000 employees, renowned for providing world-class medical excellence through specialisation, multi-disciplinary care and a data-driven approach to quality and patient outcomes.

Now with four specialist locations in the UK, we are excited to announce that we have a vacancy in our Chelsea Clinic for Highly Specialist Systemic Psychotherapist/Family Therapist for 3 days a week and want you to join our talented team and be part of something new.

This is a unique and rare opportunity to work in a newly established day-patient outpatient service providing a psychologically informed and holistic programme of care for Mood Disorders, Anxiety and Eating Disorders.  There is opportunity to  work across the programmes which offers group and individual  therapy and  to extend your skills further into Complex Mental Health services.  You will be joining the team at an exciting time in our development.  Schoen Clinic Chelsea, which opened in March 2019, is part of the Schoen Clinic a family-run hospital group who have extensive expertise in the evidence-based treatment of eating disorders and complex mental health and have a proven record of treatment quality and excellence.  We treat patients from the age of 12 years and up, to help themselves in their recovery. 

There will be opportunity for specialist training and clinical supervision to develop your knowledge and skills.  Our programmes are psychologically informed and holistic so the right candidate would demonstrate our commitment to a collaborative approach to clinical interventions.  The ability to form good therapeutic relationships is essential and the role requires the candidate to be a strong and consistent voice within the multi-disciplinary team.    




  • Working within the specialist eating disorder outpatient and day care services, and mood and anxiety service to provide systemic assessments of patients based on the interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including systemic psychotherapy interviews with the patient, the patient system, and others involved in the patient’s care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patient’s disorder drawing on the range of approaches available within systemic psychotherapy and employing methods based upon current research findings and evidence of proven efficacy with regards to eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist systemic psychotherapy interventions for individuals, carers, families, groups and patient systems within and across the outpatient and day programme teams, drawing upon different explanatory models and adjusting and refining hypotheses in response to feedback to maintain an effective treatment alliance. 
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant patients, which should include risks to the patient as a result of their eating disorder, including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships. To provide advice to other professionals on these issues.
  • To recognise in the formulation and implementation of treatment programmes the impact of contextual issues (gender, race, religion, age, disability, class, culture, ethnicity and sexual orientations) on patient systems and on the development and maintenance of a patient’s eating disorder. This includes an ability to understand and to offer therapeutic interventions to a variety of family constellations.
  • To communicate, in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and patients’ systems and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of treatment.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients receiving systemic psychotherapy and communicating with the multi-disciplinary team, referral agent and others involved with their care on a regular basis.
  • Will be able to design, implement and evaluate cognitive behavioural interventions according to best practice.



  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other multidisciplinary team members in order to facilitate their work with families, to include attendance at MDT meetings. 
  • To maintain a clinical caseload of highly complex and demanding systemic assessment, treatment and consultation work.
  • To provide input with carers in terms of the provision of parents groups and Carers’ Skills Training Workshops, based on the Maudsley Carers’ Skills programme for carers of those with eating disorders and other work with carers, such as the Carers’ Support group, as required. 
  • To provide specialist systemic advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to Systems Theory based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all patients in the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of Systemic research and theory.


Education/staff development

  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of systemically informed care by all members of the treatment team.
  • To use professional skills in on-going clinical evaluation, which will include the use of appropriate outcome measures.
  • To provide teaching of systemic theory and practice as appropriate.
  • To maintain and develop skills in the area of clinical supervision.
  • To undertake appropriate research and audit and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.



  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external Continuing Professional Development training and development programmes.
  • To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in systemic psychotherapy within the service area and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive systemic practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal.
  • To maintain an active engagement with current developments in the field of systemic psychotherapy and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing.
  • To exercise professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice adhering to Trust policies and procedures in relation to clinical governance and research guidelines.
  • Indirect patient care activities to include documentation, attendance at relevant multidisciplinary meetings, supervision.



  • Keep adequate and timely patient records which comply with Schoen Clinic and national guidelines.
  • To communicate and discuss information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of complex patients with eating disorders in a skilled and sensitive manner, communicating risk issues at all times.
  • To liaise with and provide written reports to referrers and other agencies and work jointly with primary/secondary care and other agencies when required.
  • To provide specialist systemic advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals within the multi-disciplinary team or externally e.g. GPs and other services with respect to mental health issues.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress through responding effectively to feedback from members of the patient and professional system. This will include the use of appropriate systemic outcome measures.
  • To provide reflective group supervision based on systemic principles to staff groups, as required.
  • To contribute towards service development


Clinical leadership/management:

  • Day to day contact with patients from outpatients or the day programme for systemic psychotherapy assessment and intervention.
  • Indirect patient care activities to include documentation, attendance at relevant multidisciplinary meetings, supervision.
  • Supervision of clinical staff, as required.
  • Teaching and training both within the service
  • Line management responsibility for clinical staff as required, including recruitment, appraisals, performance
  • Regular requirement to create reports
  • Responsible for the operation of a computer system
  • High level of mental and emotional effort required in the care and treatment of patients with complex mental health problems, including eating disorders and often secondary mental health diagnoses
  • Working conditions involve frequent interruptions and require a high level of concentration.
  • Act as a role model to all members of the  MDT


Schoen Clinic Behaviours:

  • Accountable:    Taking ownership of the things I say and do
  • Caring:             Treating others as I would like to be treated
  • Collaborative:  Working together to make a winning team
  • Courageous:    Being proud to be different and challenge the norm
  • Determined:     A drive to exceed expectations



Your attention is drawn to the confidential nature of information collected at Schoen Clinic Chelsea. The unauthorised disclosure of patient or other personal information is regarded as gross misconduct and will be subject to Schoen Clinic’s Disciplinary Procedure. Disclosure could result in a prosecution under the Data Protection Act 1998 or a civil action for damages.



This list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties which fall within the remit of the role, in discussion with the Clinical or Service Manager.

This job description will be reviewed on a regular basis, ensuring that the needs of Schoen Clinic Chelsea are a priority. The post holder is expected to comply with all Schoen Clinic policies and procedures.

Unfortunately the application deadline has passed, but please send us your CV for future consideration.
Schoen Clinic Chelsea
Part Time (3 Days a week)
Up to £55,000 pro rata - dependent on experience
Closing Date
1st November 2019