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Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Interview will be held on 12th October 2023

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Psychodynamic Psychotherapist/Art Psychotherapist Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join the Berkshire CAMHS East Specialist Community Team. You will be joining a supportive and highly experienced multidisciplinary team, working collaboratively to offer therapeutic provision to young people with severe and enduring mental health problems, and their families. You will join a supportive network of arts therapists/mental health practitioners across Berkshire, with ample opportunity to develop your own knowledge and skills. We are a reflective team, with an emphasis on team formulation.

Main duties of the job

  • provide comprehensive assessments and high-quality therapeutic interventions to young people
  • work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • offer care-coordination and multiagency liaison
  • attend referral meetings and contribute to clinical decision making regarding young people's mental health care
  • work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of therapeutic practice
  • use supervision effectively
  • maintain own continuing professional development

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Registered professional qualification and registration relevant to job.
  • Experience of undertaking comprehensive assessments of mental health needs and agreeing care plans based on formulation of presenting difficulties.
  • Able to work flexibly as required and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position

  • If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Bharti Kumar on 07815 485 178 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of undertaking comprehensive assessments of mental health needs and agreeing care plans based on psychological formulation of presenting difficulties.


    • Experience of working within Child & Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS).

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Effective and competent interpersonal, influencing, communication, observation and reporting skills
    • Strong organisational skills and the ability to analyse situations and be able to make the right decisions
    • Able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others as well as being able to cope with distressing circumstances
    • Ability to work effectively in a team, work on own initiative, work unsupervised and manage own workload
    • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding child development and the impact it can have on meeting the five Every Child Matters outcomes The Children's Act 1989 and 2004 and The Mental Health Act 1983 and 2007
    • Ability to manage clinical risk and understanding of child safeguarding procedures
    • Ability to cope in a pressurised environment and apply practical problem solving skills in everyday situations
    • Ability to be self-reflective and use supervision effectively
    • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO, outlook, databases, MS office and the internet). Good keyboard skills.
    • Able to work flexibly as required and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position
    • Car owner/driver and possess full UK driver's licence or evidence of ability to travel to designated base and other sites.

    Education and Qualifications


    • Registered professional qualification e.g., in Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, or educated to degree level or above with a clinical qualification relevant to CAMHS i.e. Art Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Therapist
    • Relevant professional registration, e.g. HCPC, NMC

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    CAMHS Slough & WAM Sp Comm Team


    SL1 2BJ

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