Functional Family Therapy (FFT) SUPERVISOR

Job Title: Functional Family Therapy (FFT) SUPERVISOR
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £52,679 - £62,059 per annum inclusive of Inner London Weighting
Job Published: October 16, 2017 11:24

Job Description

Clinical Psychologist, Family/Systemic Therapist, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist Grade 8 B equivalent

£52,679 - £62,059 per annum inclusive of Inner London Weighting

London (Merton based but travelling required to North East London)

37 hours per week Permanent

Closing date:  Midday Monday 6th November.  Interviews: 16th & 17th November in Marble Arch


The Positive Families Partnership is a ground breaking new 3-year programme providing Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) to families in 5 London boroughs. The partnership is made up of an exciting consortium of different organisations:

  • Family Action, a national charity who will be delivering MST in Newham, Tower Hamlets and Bexley and will recruit to a new MST team
  • South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, who will be delivering MST in Merton and Sutton
  • Family Psychology Mutual,, a new social enterprise (spun out of a Local Authority) based in Cambridge who will be delivering FFT across the five Boroughs. Family Psychology Mutual will recruit and manage the FFT team (FFT supervisor and 3 FFT workers, band 7/8a). 
  • Social Finance Ltd and Bridges Fund Management Ltd are the social investment investors in the consortium.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop Functional Family Therapy in the UK and to work with an ambitious collaboration of partners. It is anticipated that further growth and development will take place across London once the project is established.

Family Psychology Mutual is a staff owned social enterprise. Your contribution to the development and participation in the leadership and direction of the company is both welcomed and valued as we grow and expand our portfolio of evidence based interventions.  

The role

To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist treatment service to young people who meet criteria as set down by FFT LLC and are at risk of an out of home placement. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological and systemic practice within the service and to ensure that all FFT workers adhere to the principles of the FFT programme. The post holder will be responsible to maintain and secure clear referral pathways and work closely with the MST supervisor to define the most appropriate intervention for the families. A requirement of the job is to carry out audit, policy and service development and research activities. In line with performance review, to propose and implement policy and service development changes within the service and guide the change processes to ensure a reduction in frequency and seriousness of offending and a reduction in out of home placements.

The post holder will hold a reduced case load of 3 to 5 cases and will receive training alongside the FFT workers to develop adherence to the FFT model under supervision of the national FFT consultant so that full supervision of all staff can be achieved in the second year. Training for this clinical supervisory role will be provided in the second year and will involve travel to the USA.

Liaises with:

  • FFT-UK national consultant (
  • FFT programme manager of FPM
  • MST supervisor for appropriate allocation of cases to either intervention programme
  • Children’s services in Newham, Tower Hamlet and Bexley, Merton and Sutton for operational, strategic management and commissioning purposes
  • FFT Steering Group
  • Positive Family Partnership Programme manager for contract adherence and data collection

The FFT team will be located partly in Merton CAMH offices and in a Family Action building in Newham alongside a MST team in each location. Supervision is carried out in a dedicated room with a conference call set-up for the supervision. Other work will be carried out in a shared office room. The post involves sessions carried out in the client’s home environments. The work hours can be varied with the expectation of some late evening session. The post holder will be travelling in the Boroughs for clinical work in one area but in all the Boroughs for supervision, business and professional meetings. 


For an application form and further details please visit

For an informal discussion please contact Brigitte Squire, Clinical Director 07787 105445, Sarah Reeves, FFT Programme Manager 07557 483767 or FPM Office 01480 373539