8a Highly Specialist Psychotherapist

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for a psychotherapist to join the Waltham Forest Psychotherapy Service on a fixed term contract to cover maternity leave.

The psychotherapy team in Waltham Forest offers a range of evidence based psychodynamic interventions. The core task of the post holder will be to offer psychotherapy, individual and group, to people who present with severe and complex mental health problems. The struggles of those we see are rooted in multiple early traumas, which have significantly impinged on emotional, relational and personality development and subsequently seriously affect many domains in their lives.

You will be required to undertake in-depth psychotherapy assessments, draw up perceptive and discerning formulations and make clear and decisive clinical judgements. A robust understanding of, and a capacity to manage clinical risk, challenging behaviour and safeguarding issues is a vital component of the clinical work of this post. The psychotherapy service offers a recognised and respected training structure for trainee psychotherapists. You may be asked to provide group supervision & mentoring to trainees. The post holder would be expected to participate actively in the psychotherapy service’s practice-based evidence system.

You will be line managed by and work in collaboration with the principal psychotherapist in the team and work closely with the wider psychological therapies team and the trust-wide psychotherapy team. You will be working alongside and offering consultation to other professionals and teams, based on your capacity to develop a comprehensive psychodynamic formulation, as part of a strategy to enhance and develop psychological thinking across the Trust and into the developing Neighbourhood Teams which are part of the Mental Health Transformation Programme.

In collaboration with partners and service users NELFT has recently launched its Mental Health Transformation Programme. The collective vision for the programme is to radically transform the whole model of Mental Health Care and Support over the next 3 years and beyond. Increasing levels of demand and complexity in our population, coupled with new funding flows for mental health mean the Trust has an exciting opportunity to reimagine how we deliver care across all age groups and levels of need. The aims include a greater focus on addressing health inequalities, prevention and wellbeing and delivering more integrated and personalised care closer to home:

The first phase of our programme is focused on delivering our new model of community-based care and support. Working with Primary Care Networks and local partners in each borough, the Trust is developing multi-agency, integrated and place-based neighbourhood teams that support people with serious mental health needs to receive their care closer to home. This ambition includes developing a new workforce with lived experience, more flexible working and continuity of care, better integration with physical health and social care and enabling greater resilience through working with third sector partners. The aim is not just to redesign care pathways but to develop a new ethos and culture that helps transform how we work together with partners as ‘one team’ sharing care. As per the new NHSE Framework, the new teams will be trauma informed and person-centred, putting relationships back into the heart of care and all team members will receive training in Open Dialogue and systemic ways of working to enable this.

You will have a recognised qualification in group analysis and/or individual psychodynamic psychotherapy. You will be registered with the UKCP or BPC. This post is open to people working at 8a banding but would be a good opportunity for those currently working at band 7 to work at 8a level for a fixed-term period. The post holder will need to be able to work autonomously, have experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be able to make good use of supervision and line management.

We are working in the context of high demand and need, with limited resources. The capacity to constructively respond to these demands is important. We are looking for someone who has the capacity to engage resiliently with their work, can remain open and active in working towards changing cultures, challenging perceptions, promoting psychotherapy and developing service provision. You would need to be able to work on a Thursday or Friday, or part thereof.

Location: North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Start date: TBC
Salary: Band 8a

Email contact Jo Joyce.

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