This job has expired

Adult Psychodyamic Psychotherapist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
30 Nov 2023
We are pleased to offer this post as a preceptorship with the opportunity to move from Band 7 to 8a on completion of the necessary conditions.

Do you want a change? Would you like the opportunity to work in a friendly, supportive, well-established fully integrated, Adult Community Mental Health Team? We offer input to adults with complex and diverse mental health needs. We are dedicated to developing trauma-informed principles of care in conjunction with the Trauma Informed PD pathway. We are proud of our varied group programme (including DBT, Survivors of Sexual Abuse, and Structured Clinical Management). We embrace and offer various psychological approaches: Integrative, CAT, CBT, Compassion Focussed, ACT, Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, MBT, EMDR and Family-Systemic psychotherapy. The role encompasses multi-disciplinary working, service-development, individual therapy, group, supervision, and consultation responsibilities. In all, the post offers a wonderfully diverse working role!

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is flexible and creative in response to service and patient needs and interested in positively influencing systems through promoting psychological ways of working. The role involves various responsibilities, utilising different psychological models. You will work with a range of professionals including psychological therapists, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Advanced Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychiatrists and Occupational Therapists.

There are considerable professional and clinical supervision opportunities. We also strongly encourage the development of clinical interests through CPD. The team is well known for being supportive - encouraging self-care, flexible working, and professional development.

There are also strong links with local training courses and the Trust has strong research and clinical outcome links. Audit and evaluation are encouraged and supported across the Trust.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Band 7


The post holder will provide specialist psychotherapy skills within a multidisciplinary team. The post holder will provide a high quality clinical service to the users of the service.

They will provide highly specialist assessment and intervention while working collaboratively with non-psychology and psychotherapy professionals from other agencies and carers. They will be clinically responsible to a senior clinical psychologist or psychotherapist. Clinical oversight of all work will be held by the clinical lead in the service.

The job plan will be delivered in the services the post is based.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team while observing Trust and National policies and procedures.

The post holder will utilise research skills in audit, service development and research relevant to the post.


To offer consultation, supervision and training when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of people referred to the service

To provide consultation, assessment and intervention in the service.

To work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary context.
  • To provide assessment and treatment options for people experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health problems.
  • To exercise expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practise.
  • To continually seek to expand and consolidate clinical skills using training, experience, and supervision.
  • To provide specialist risk assessment of and intervention to people who present to the service.
  • To follow appropriate Adult and Child Protection guidelines in all Clinical work, including close liaison with all agencies.
  • To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of the client.
  • To work jointly with other team members in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to people and their families.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to effectively evaluate progress.
  • To receive regular professional supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist or psychotherapist and where appropriate, other senior clinicians.
  • To continue to access continuing professional development opportunities in line with agreed targets and agreed personal development plan.
  • To assist in the supervision of Doctoral level Clinical Psychology trainees and trainees from other disciplines as appropriate.
  • To assist in the teaching and training of professionals
  • To contribute to the Audit processes within the service.
  • To contribute to research in the service area.
  • To utilise theory, evidence based literature and research to support evidence based practise of self and others.
  • To provide advice on research projects to other staff within the service around appropriate methodology, statistical analysis etc.
  • To undertake project management as required to aid service development.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post-holders professional lead and service manager(s). To maintain membership of appropriate bodies (i.e. UKCP) and professional bodies appropriate for the model of working.
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychotherapy across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychotherapy and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to the clients the service serves.
  • The post-holder will be required to work flexibly both in terms of base and in hours of clinical availability.

  • Band 8a


    The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines to provide Psychotherapy services to the Service. As part of the multi-disciplinary team and working in partnership with other lead agencies when appropriate, the post holder will be responsible for providing highly specialist assessment of service users and the planning, implementation and evaluation of highly specialist psychotherapy.

    The post holder will provide specialist advice and consultation to NHS colleagues, referrers and other external agencies.


    Clinical Duties

    1. Working autonomously as part of a multidisciplinary team, provide assessments and psychotherapy for service users practicing at a high level of clinical expertise and within relevant Codes of Practice and drawing on a wide range of models and techniques.

    2. To formulate a range of treatment options based on an appropriate conceptual framework. To identify priorities of action in complex circumstances. As part of this practice, there will be the need to identify risk and take appropriate action.

    3. To work in ways which are sensitive to and appropriate for the needs of service users from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. This includes abilities to understand and offer therapeutic interventions to service users

    4. To provide psychotherapy as an autonomous clinician, drawing on a range of models and techniques when required. To practice in a way that is inclusive and considerate of the needs of each individual and their current emotional state. Ensuring that consultation, assessment and treatment interventions are provided in partnership with service users and their families.

    5. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychotherapeutic interventions for service users, adjusting and refining formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

    6. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the patient and their difficulties.

    7. To ensure that appropriate feedback on caseload is provided to relevant stakeholders, and that feedback from service users is utilised to enhance and develop service delivery. To be responsible for attending CPA meetings and reviews where appropriate.

    8. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients as appropriate. Responsible for ensuring that referrals and discharges are made in accordance with relevant policy and procedures and the principles of good practice. Include elements of risk assessment in all work.

    9. To assist the Clinical Lead and Service Manager in the on-going development and provision of Psychotherapy Services, promoting a high level of clinical practice to ensure a needs-led service.

    10. To facilitate other team members work with service users through joint work and supervision.

    11. To manage complex clinical planning, and provide specialist consultation, advice and guidance to other professionals. The post holder will attend training and monthly supervision for their clinical work and will be expected to contribute to the supervision of others. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involved with highly complex, emotive and often conflictual issues.

    12. To maintain high standards of clinical record keeping and to adhere to policies and procedures as defined by the Trust and Other Statutory Bodies and to adhere to professional ethical standards and codes of practice of professional bodies and UKCP or HCPC. To provide comprehensive reports as required.

    13. Demonstrate awareness of research and its application to clinical practice.

    14. Ensure that appropriate feedback on work is provided to relevant stakeholders/referrers/ researchers, and that feedback from service users is utilised to enhance and develop service delivery.

    15. Communicate in highly skilled and sensitive manner information concerning assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients. Effectively communicate professional opinion, verbally and in writing to service users, other professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies.

    16. Contribute to the writing of information sheets and leaflets as necessary.

    17. Working in partnerships with other lead Agencies, to ensure that Child & Adult Protection issues are addressed effectively and within all local procedures.

    18. Communicate effectively with service users, members of the multidisciplinary team and other statutory and voluntary agencies and maintain close links with relevant clinicians and services,

    For full Job Description please see attached in supprting documents.

    Person Specification



    • Band 8a
    • Approved Clinical Supervisor.
    • Post qualification training to demonstrate competency to work across a number of modalities.
    • Evidence of recent and relevant continuous professional development.



    • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


    Get job alerts

    Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

    Create alert