Psychoanalytic / Psychodynamic Senior Psychotherapist / Clinical Psychologist

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of Psychological Therapists who are working in the Mood, Anxiety and related Disorders Team, within the Specialist Psychotherapy Service.

We are seeking a suitably qualified Senior Psychotherapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist to join the team. The team offers a city-wide and regional tertiary level service to people experiencing difficulties associated with complex anxiety, mood disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We are seeking an additional Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychological Therapist to compliment the diverse range of other psychotherapy modalities with an evidence base in this area, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Psychotherapy and trauma focused approaches such as EMDR.

This permanent post is based at the St. Georges Community Health Centre. The post involves working as part of the MDT providing highly specialised evidence-based psychological therapies to people with complex anxiety and mood disorders. The role involves direct clinical work with service users and their families/carers providing psychological interventions for people who require highly specialised psychological therapies and for whom there has been an inadequate response to ‘first line’ interventions, or for whom these interventions are not appropriate.

We provide psychotherapeutic interventions, consultation and advice for service users and other teams, alongside specialist education, training and research. The team is part of the Specialist Psychotherapy Service at St Georges and has been awarded APPTS accreditation (the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services) from the Royal College of Psychiatry. This post will also involve working indirectly with staff through joint work, consultation, reflective practice and team formulation.

We are looking for a Senior Psychological Therapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist who is suitably qualified and registered with the relevant body (Health Professions Council, NMC/UKCP/BPC/BPS or equivalent) as a Clinical Psychologist or Psychotherapist and who is interested in working with adults with complex mental health problems. Psychotherapy roles are highly valued by the team and a positive approach to multidisciplinary teamwork is essential.

We are keen to ensure that this relatively small team is able to provide a range of interventions across therapeutic modalities, so are specifically looking to recruit an additional therapist with the ability to work using a Psychodynamic and/or a Psychoanalytic approach. Candidates must have completed, or be near completion of, relevant training in these approaches. The ability to work with one additional therapy modality is desirable.

This is predominantly a clinical post although the post-holder will be expected to be involved in service development projects, teaching, consultation, clinical outcome measure projects and supervision of other therapists as detailed in the job description, where appropriate.

It is a really exciting time for the service as we are working upon developing links with service user groups in order to shape and develop care pathways and to improve interfaces between mental health services and 3rd sector organisations. The post holder will contribute to these areas of development and will play a key role in the delivery of psychotherapeutic interventions to service users, their families and carers. The role will also involve complex assessments, formulation and contributing to a consultation service to other services. There will also be opportunities to supervise trainees on placement with the team.

You will need to have an enthusiasm for, and experience of working with service users with complex needs, as well as experience of and a respect for working in multidisciplinary teams. As a multimodal therapy team our staff have a wide range of skills and come from a variety of professional backgrounds such as Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. We are a welcoming and supportive team who are keen to develop our skill base in order that we meet the needs of our service users.

You will also benefit from being part of a thriving Adult Mental Health (AMH) Psychological Therapy grouping of around 60 people, which in turn is part of the Wider MDT Psychological Services across Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust. Peer support, clinical supervision, and line management are offered through the AMH Division. We also benefit from strong links with the Sheffield DClinPsy training course, offering teaching, mentoring, and placements. Sheffield is a fantastic place to live and work and has enjoyable cultural and sport facilities. It is 10 minutes’ drive from the beautiful Peak District, and has excellent transport links to other parts of the country.

It is essential you demonstrate in your application that you meet the requirements of the person specification.

We strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss your interest in the post and to answer any questions you may have.

Location: Mood, Anxiety and related Disorders Team, Specialist Psychotherapy Service, Sheffield

Start date: To be confirmed

Salary: Band 8a – £45,753 – £51,668 pa (dependent on experience)




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