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Psychodynamic Psychotherapist / DIT Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year per annum inclusive of outer London HCAs
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

Sutton Uplift is a primary mental health service, which incorporates a Wellbeing Service, the Sutton Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, an Assessment Team and a Primary Care Recovery and Support Team. Sutton IAPT is professionally managed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and operationally managed by the Uplift Service Manager. The IAPT team includes Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, IAPT High Intensity Practitioners and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who provide evidence-based psychological interventions in line with NICE guidance.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an enthusiastic and suitably experienced clinician to provide Psychodynamic Psychotherapy / Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) to patients of Sutton Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. You will either have completed training as a DIT practitioner (see Lemma, Target & Fonagy, 2011) by undertaking a practitioner level qualification in DIT as specified by the British Psychoanalytic Council, or be eligible and motivated to undertake this training.

You will be providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment to people aged 18 and over, presenting with anxiety, depression and eating disorders at Step 3. You will work clinically within primary care settings and be required to work flexible hours in line with GP surgery hours and the 'Improving Access' agenda. The service operates 9am until 8pm and the post holder will be willing to work one regular evening clinic until 8pm. The post-holder will receive weekly clinical and case management supervision and have the opportunity to attend regular Trust-wide and in-house training sessions.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessment of clients referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and where appropriate, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the evidence-based treatment and/or management of a clients common mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
  • To be responsible for implementing psychological interventions employed individually and in synthesis, maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and employing methods of intervention that are based upon evidence of treatment efficacy
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of treatment.
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.

  • Person Specification



    • Experience of assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of people with common mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity
    • Experience with routine outcome monitoring
    • Experience in establishing diagnosis/psychological formulation
    • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
    • Experience in managing own caseload and time.


    • Experience of working in both Primary and Secondary Mental Health Care
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary working
    • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups
    • Experience of meeting agreed/specified service targets

    Training & Qualification


    • Has completed training as a DIT practitioner (i.e., practitioner-level qualification in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), as specified by British Psychoanalytic Council, see Lemma, Target & Fonagy, 2011). Is HCPC, BPC, UKCP or BACP registered. OR Is motivated to complete DIT practitioner training and meets eligibility criteria to undertake DIT practitioner training as below: 1.Evidence of a course of study (this could be through different courses over time) that has exposed you to the fundamentals of psychoanalytic theory as specified in the Psychodynamic Competences framework ( 2.A minimum of 150hrs of supervised psychodynamic work 3.At least one year of weekly personal psychodynamic psychotherapy/counselling 4.At least two years' employment in an NHS or voluntary institution working in a therapeutic capacity with adults with mental health problems 5. HPC, BPC, UKCP or BACP registration

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
    • Knowledge of the goals and service model associated with the IAPT programme
    • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
    • Skills in the assessment and evaluation of risk associated with mental ill health and related psychopathology
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
    • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients


    • Skills in the production of reports suitable for public presentations and presentation in a medico-legal setting
    • Understanding of the principles and methods of clinical audit, research and service evaluation.

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