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Group Psychotherapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
London, Stratford
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata Inc HCAs
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The Specialist Psychotherapy Service (SPS) in Newham delivers a comprehensive NHS psychological therapies service for people presenting with severe and complex mental health problems. We provide a high-quality clinical service, where flexible and complex interventions are available across a range of therapy models and modalities, which are accessed via health professionals in the community.

The Newham Specialist Psychotherapies Service (SPS) is a vibrant psychotherapies service in the heart of East London. This post is in the Psychodynamic Team in SPS, where a range of group and individual psychodynamic and psychodynamically-informed assessments and interventions are offered.

The successful candidate will also work closely with colleagues from other teams in the service, committed to delivering a wide range of therapies. The various teams in SPS offer a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches including arts therapies, cognitive-behavioural, complex trauma, integrative, systemic and psychodynamic psychotherapies, and a range of groups across the modalities.

The post holder will work mainly in the Psychodynamic Team in SPS, but also in collaboration with other teams and colleagues in SPS and across the wider teams in the local Community Integrated Mental Health Service (CIMHS). The post holder will work autonomously delivering specialist psychodynamic group and individual assessments and interventions to Service Users with complex needs.


Main duties of the job

Experience of working with complex mental health problems in NHS settings is essential. The job offers a great opportunity to further develop skills, as well as regular supervision. There are forums for support and professional development

To hold a caseload of group and individual work, to deliver psychodynamic psychotherapy or other psychodynamically-informed assessments and interventions, to provide supervision where appropriate, to deliver consultation and training and to liaise, where necessary, with the wider network of care across the borough in both primary and secondary care.

To conduct assessments for a wide range of therapies in the service, including systemic, CBT, integrative and Arts therapies. To attend meetings in the service and interface with systems and teams across the borough.

To maintain high standards of record keeping and governance. To work effectively with diversity and intersectionality. To engage and work effectively with service users presenting with severe and enduring psychological difficulties, including complex emotional needs, complex trauma and/or psychosis. To manage risk and complexity and to communicate effectively with colleagues and other agencies.

About us

ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental and health care, innovation and improvement. Hence it is a very exciting time for you to come and work for us. Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive -we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualificatio n/ Training


  • Specialist training and recognized PostGraduate qualification in Adult Group Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, equivalent to that associated with registration with BACP, BPC and/or UKCP.
  • Specialist training and recognized Post Graduate qualification in Adult Psychotherapy equivalent to that associated with registration with BACP, BCP and/or UKCP.
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical OR Counselling Psychology (as accredited by the BPS).
  • Registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist or with other relevant professional body (eg. BPC, BACP, UKCP).


  • Formal qualification in another model of psychotherapy, preferably psychodynamicallyinformed.
  • Formal basic training in clinical supervision.



  • Experience of working with patients with moderate to complex mental health conditions in a number of NHS settings.
  • Experience of working psychodynamically/psychoanalytically
  • Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic interventions in various formats, including group and individual.


  • Experience of working within a diverse cultural setting and engaging patients with different language and cultural needs, including working with interpreters.
  • Experience of providing teaching, training or supervision in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychodynamic and psychological assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment
  • Knowledge pertinent to effective risk assessment and management.
  • Skills in the effective communication of technical and/or clinically sensitive information, such as comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Skills in maintaining high standards of record keeping and governance
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings and working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network, including medical, employment, social, educational and criminal justice systems.
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham Specialist Psychotherapy Service

409 High Street

London, Stratford

E15 4QZ

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