Lead Analytic Psychotherapist/ Clinical Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per annum
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting new opportunity has arisen for an analytic psychotherapist within our Trust. The post holder will join the leadership team of the therapists working in the Community Mental Health Teams and will take a significant role in shaping and delivering high quality and evidence-based therapies as well as training and supervision. The responsibilities of this post are three-fold: leadership of the team of psychological therapists within a community mental health team, to deliver Mentalisation-based Therapy across the Trust, and to take a lead role in providing mentorship and supervision to analytic trainees on the D58 and D59 courses (there may also be additional funding available subject to an increase in the Trust of post-graduate doctors-in-training who require supervision). You will be supported in your work by colleagues who are psychoanalytic psychotherapists, group analysts, a medical psychotherapist and art psychotherapists.

The successful candidate will be a qualified and experienced Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist or Psychoanalyst who has completed a recognised [post-graduate] training and is registered with a professional body such as UKCP or BPC. They will also be experienced working with adults with complex mental health needs and familiar with working through a trauma informed lens to understand what has happened to people and ways to alleviate their distress.

Main duties of the job

Provide specialist evidence based psychological assessment, analytic formulation & therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.

Provide evidence based psychological therapy, psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic psychotherapy, mentalization based therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.

Provide clinical leadership, supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies.

Provide clinical consultation and advice to healthcare professionals across all localities.

Support adherence to relevant NICE guidance and clinical governance arrangements.

To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.

Work with the Team/Clinical Manager on service development, leading research and development activities.

About us

Bradford District Care Trust is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we are dedicated to providing a high-quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual's needs.

The Trust's purpose is to create connected communities and help people to feel as healthy as they can be at every point in their lives and our vision is to connect people to the best quality care, when and where they need it and be a national role model as an employer and provide our staff with the best place to work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

Work with autonomous, professional judgement together with other psychological therapists, to deliver specialist evidence based assessment, formulation and therapy to individual groups of patients.

Manage a designated caseload of patients with respo0nsibility for their assessment (including clinical risk), inplementation and evaluation of therapy.

Supervise and support psychological therapists and other health care professionals.

Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outco This will include leading/conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys.

Communicate effectively with patients, relatives/carers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a manner that is sensitive, open, welcoming and empathic.

Act as a mentor to students, support newly qualified staff and be responsible for implementing the appraisal process.

Use IT systems effectively

Maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Trust policy.

Provide clinical leadership to psychological therapists.

Delegate tasks to staff within their competency and ensure that the delegation/escalation process forms part of the culture of the service.

Please see the JD PS for full details

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. AND/OR Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy AND Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BPC or UKCP.
  • Undertaken post-qualification further training in a specialised area of analytical therapy etc.
  • Mentalisation-based therapy training
  • Leadership training.
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in relevant area of mental health practise.
  • Application of evidenced based specialist psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Application of specialist psychological therapy within individual and group modality.
  • Clinical leadership experience.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience delivering psychological therapies to patients with complex difficulties.
  • Experience of working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice.
  • Experience applying specialist psychological therapy to patients who have complex difficulties
  • Involvement in clinical research programmes.
  • Involvement in the development and provision of clinical teaching programmes.
Knowledge Essential
  • Evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training.
  • Able to contain explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision or case reviews with other staff.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Doctoral / master's level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis.
Skills Essential
  • Be able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management
  • Competent teaching skills.

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