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Psychosexual Psychotherapist

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and self -motivated individual to join our dynamic and progressive psychosexual service. The successfulcandidate will provide evidence based therapy for individuals and couples referred into the service and maintain and manage a set caseload efficiently and productively. The post holder will be required to explore and reflect on their outcomes analysis and productivity data to enable a vibrant modification approach to their work that empowers insight and appropriate adaptations to support their value within the organisation and the NHS in the current climate.

Main duties of the job

The provision of psychosexual therapeutic intervention to couples and individuals referred into the service from the locality of Blackpool addressing sexual disorder, relationship difficulties and issues relating to sexuality, gender and sexual behaviour/practices

About us

The successful applicant will join a team of six therapists and five trainee therapists plus a dedicated administration team of three. The service strives to support and provide to clients with an excellent ethos of customer care and an expert and specialised approach to address the clients clinical needs. Our work is evidence based and great emphasis is placed on the teams wellbeing and professional need ensuring adequate and required CPD and supervisory ratios are met and supported

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will have specialist qualification and knowledge to accurately provide assessment, formulation and intervention for clients presenting with psychogenic and/or organic sexual disorder and to address relationship issues precipitating to or maintaining sexual disorder and/or intimacy issues. The post holder will be capable of working professionally and autonomously to provide direct clinical care and support to clients demonstrating high level, expert therapeutic skills and knowledge. The post holder will maintain a specific and significant caseload and manage such reporting to the Principal Therapist. The post holder will become a team contributor responsible for the provision of a high quality, efficient, effective and specialist service for clients with sexual disorder and relationship issues referred from primary and secondary care across the Lancashire and Blackpool geographical footprint.

Person Specification



  • Post Graduate Qualification in Sex and Relationship Therapy awarded from COSRT accredited course.
  • COSRT accreditation or UKCP registered


  • MSC Psychosexual Therapy
  • Qualification in clinical supervision and/or extensive experience in role to provide competencies to provide supervision



  • A comprehensive understanding of the range of presenting psychosexual and relationship issues and experience of direct client contact and provision of specialist therapeutic interventions.
  • A good and effective understanding of the range of psychosexual therapeutic interventions and their application
  • A good understanding of physiological and psychological sexual disorder and the ability to develop a framework of care that identifies the predisposing, precipitating and maintaining factors using evidence based theoretical knowledge
  • A sound understanding of human sexuality
  • An absolute understanding of confidentiality.
  • An exact understanding of safeguarding and the integration of practise and procedure.



  • Experience of assessing psychosexual referrals and the ability to differentiate between appropriate and non-appropriate referrals
  • Experience of working with clients presenting with a range of sex and relationship difficulties
  • Experience of working with a diverse client group with a wide range of presenting problems and significant levels of distress.
  • Experience of using a range of therapeutic interventions and approaches with clients with sexual disorder
  • Experience of working with the DYAD
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working
  • Experience of applying research-based knowledge into appropriate practice
  • Experience of policy development and implementation
  • Experience of regular supervised practice including receipt and provision of clinical supervision in a variety of settings i.e., peer, individual and group
  • Experience of teaching/mentoring less experienced qualified or trainee therapists


  • Previous experience of working within an NHS/healthcare setting
  • Experience of contributing toward service development, audit and outcome measures



  • Developed ability on the collation of information, efficient, accurate and selective composition of correspondence, letters, reports
  • An ability to address matters of a confidential nature including highly developed interpersonal skills whilst addressing sensitive subject matter and maintaining relevant communication both within and outside the organisation (both written and verbal) including email.
  • Accountability for accurate record keeping and information governance integral to Trust policy and procedure.
  • To have the skills to develop problem solving frameworks of care including solution focus approaches
  • Ability to maintain concentration and therapeutic integrity, responding appropriately and participating as the required
  • To be able to meet deadlines and deliver objectives
  • Ability to use the clients' emotional states sensitively but within case development to attain service user goals
  • To wholly recognise the remit of persuasion within the therapeutic arena and be selective and ethically aware of its place within the therapeutic relationship and dynamic
  • Sound experience of being able to regularly respond to and work effectively with distressed and anxious clients and their partners
  • Ability to respond effectively and efficiently to external and internal queries from staff, clients, and other agencies/partners
  • Knowledgeable regarding equality and diversity legislation and be empathetic to the individual needs of all service users
  • An ability to use self- reflection and demonstrate availability within the supervisory process
  • Ability to effectively contribute toward the management of a diverse caseload and effectively contribute to the overall reduction of the service waiting list
  • Sound IT skills
  • Ability to ensure compliance with CQC requirements
  • Proven ability to manage and mitigate clinical risks


  • Experience of using outcome measures and service user feedback to drive change
  • Knowledge of mental health referral pathways and procedures

Personal Attributes


  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills
  • Experience working as an independent and autonomous practitioner
  • Ability to work effectively within a small team
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Resilience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ability to manage conflict

Work Related Circumstances


  • Ability to maintain CPD
  • Compliance with regulatory bodies and codes of professional conduct
  • Excellent time management
  • Full driving licence and access to own vehicle to facilitate multiple sites working

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Ashurst Health Centre




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