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Specialist Clinician - Trauma Psychotherapist (18 Month FTC)

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
21 May 2024

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The Tavistock Trauma Service is an innovative, multi-modal specialist service offering group and individual therapy as a part of a phase-based approach to complex trauma. We have a specialist arm for non-recent (historical) child sexual abuse as well as working with other forms of developmental and adult traumas.

We are looking for a psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic psychotherapistto initially take up a 18 month fixed term role within the service. We are hoping to secure permanent funding for this post during the next year.

We recognise and value the positive outcomes that come from having a truly diverse workforce and are keen to receive applications from our diverse population to reflect communities that we serve. We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups: Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic, Disabled people or LGBT+. Our patients come from all different backgrounds, and so do our employees. Please note you don't need 100% of the listed qualifications and experiences to apply for this role.

Main duties of the job

The role will primarily involve offering consultation and psychotherapy to patients who have experienced complex trauma.

The post-holder will also support service development projects, as well as offering screening appointments, facilitating psychoeducation groups and with peer support in the service. There may be other opportunities to co-facilitate groups in the service. Experience of working with complex trauma in an NHS setting and using different modalities is desirable as the role will allow for creativity and contributing to the development of the service.

About us

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people's lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health.

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavor. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person specification for more information on the role requirements and duties.

Person Specification

Shortlisting Criteria


  • Registration with BPC as psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapist
  • Skills for assessing and communicating complex client conditions and applying appropriate clinical treatments
  • High level of skill and knowledge in safeguarding and risk management
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Experience working with patients with Complex Trauma
  • A comprehensive understanding of the changing NHS and Social Care environment and the challenges they face


  • Experience Facilitating therapy groups
  • Experience providing clinical supervision
  • Some experience of involvement in project work e.g. quality improvement
  • Understanding of principles and methods of clinical audit, research and service evaluation

Employer details

Employer name

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust


Tavistock Centre

120 Belsize Lane



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