Band 8b Principal Adult Psychotherapist

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year
Closing date
4 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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This vacancy is for a Band 8B Principal Psychotherapist with substantial NHS experience to join this well-established specialist NHS psychotherapy service. The service currently offers individual, brief and group psychotherapy.

We are a supportive department with a strong commitment to continuing professional development and training. We provide an educational setting for the training of psychotherapists and have links to various training organisations.

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to contribute to the development of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in the NHS. The Leicestershire Trust is developing integrated practice and the post holder should be able to work collaboratively with our colleagues within Specialist Psychological Therapies and more widely across the Trust. Our aim is to increase the application of psychoanalytic thinking and the post-holder will provide consultation and supervision to health and social care staff regarding complex clinical matters.

Ideally we wish to recruit full time but applications from those wishing to work alternative hours or a job share will be considered. We encourage flexible working and combined working from home and base.

Leicester is about an hour by train from London. Relocation expenses may be available to successful candidates wishing to move to the region.

Informal discussion and visits are welcomed, please contact:

Caroline Phillips, (Acting) Head of Service


Tel 0116 295 2323

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

The post holder will carry a full clinical caseload seeing patients under supervision for individual, brief and group psychoanalytic psychotherapy. They will screen and assess new referrals and consult with others about their assessments.

The post holder should be an experienced supervisor and be prepared to take on supervision of team members and take on specific projects and delegated areas of management as well as deputising for the Head of Service when required. They will line manage psychodynamic psychotherapy staff members.

We are a training department and have offered training at introductory, intermediate and specialist levels. The post holder would be prepared to be a tutor, and be able to contribute new ideas to the department's existing teaching activities. There will be opportunities for leading seminars, supervising trainees and other educational involvement.

Potential applicants must be able to provide significant emotional containment over long time periods, and tolerate significant relational challenge whilst maintaining a therapeutic frame.

The post holder will be linked to a local mental health team and will contribute from a psychoanalytic perspective to meetings and assessments of that team.

About us

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1 million people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Here at LPT, our values are Compassion, Respect, Integrity and Trust, which we keep at the heart of everything we do.

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information are contained in the attached document titled Information for Applicants.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or varied working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

For all substantive roles, new staff (excluding medical staff) are appointed subject to a 6-month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants at risk within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview.

Job description Job responsibilities

If you like what you've read and would like more information on the duties and responsibilities of this role, please click onto the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Essential criteria
  • 1. To have undertaken a recognised qualification in a core mental health profession e.g. psychiatric nursing, clinical psychology, medicine, social work and occupational therapy with substantial previous experience as an NHS psychotherapist within a secondary care mental health service or specialist outpatient psychotherapy service or equivalent
  • 2. Qualification and/or training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (must be UKCP cpja college or BCP Registration.)
  • 3. Recognised advanced and specialist post-registration continuing professional development in psychoanalytic psychotherapy to the standards of either UKCP CPJA section or BPC
  • Knowledge of and experience in other psychotherapeutic models
Experience Essential
  • 1. Considerable experience as a Senior Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or Group Analytic Psychotherapist in a specialist psychotherapy service, or its equivalent
  • 2. Extensive experience in specialist assessment and treatment, including NHS individual and group psychotherapy, time-limited and long term work with a wide range of patients.
  • 3. Experience of clinically supervising trainees on introductory and intermediate level trainings in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • 4. Experience of carrying a full psychodynamic psychotherapy caseload as an NHS Senior Psychotherapist or equivalent.
  • 5. A personal therapy experience of sufficient intensity, depth and duration to be able to work psychotherapeutically with the most difficult and demanding cases.
  • 6. Extensive NHS experience of working in a core mental health profession or equivalent NHS experience
  • 7. Clinical work with patients drawn from a wide range of mental health diagnostic groups.
Knowledge, skills and personal attributes Essential
  • 1.Comprehensive knowledge of the psychoanalytic theory of human behaviour, development and psychopathology equivalent to the level of a clinical doctorate
  • 2. Comprehensive knowledge of psychoanalytic theories of intervention and technique equivalent to the level of a clinical doctorate
  • 3. Understanding of the role of psychodynamic psychotherapy in a modern NHS mental health service
  • 4. Knowledge of and experience in other psychotherapeutic models
  • 5. Comprehensive knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses and treatments
  • 6. Comprehensive awareness of mental health provision in statutory and voluntary sectors
  • 7. Knowledge of audit and research methodologies
  • 8. Knowledge of legislation and policy and their implications for clinical practice, professional management and service development
  • 9. Experience of successfully delivering training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at introductory and intermediate levels.
  • 10. Experience in initiating, planning and organising research and service audit projects
  • 11. Experience of implementing clinical governance policies and procedures
  • 12. Experience of leading and participating in CPD activities
  • 13. Experience of evaluating and researching the efficacy and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • 14. Capacity to remain calm and maintain an empathic approach under pressure
High level of ability to communicate and team work Essential
  • 1. Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and sensitively with patients, particularly when presenting highly complex and contentious issues in a high risk situation
  • 2. Capacity to communicate effectively with colleagues, managers and others in both written and verbal forms including the preparation of reports, investigations, plans and proposals
  • 3. Ability to work effectively as team member and to fit into the existing clinical team
  • 4. Willing and able to support the Consultant Adult Psychotherapist in managing the Service
  • 5. Willing to co-operate with and provide support for other members of the clinical and administrative team
  • 6. Capacity to negotiate successfully with others and work collaboratively to resolve conflict
  • 7. Capacity to accept constructive criticism
  • 8. Capacity to be appropriately assertive with others in a constructive manner
Leadership Essential
  • 1. Ability to assume managerial roles
  • 2. Ability and willingness to deputise for the Consultant Adult Psychotherapist
  • 3. Ability to represent the service at trust meetings
  • 4. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from other psychological therapy services
  • 5. Ability to prioritise and organise clinical responsibilities and teaching 6. Ability to cope with tight deadlines and to work under pressure
  • 7. Self-motivated with the capacity to motivate others
  • 8. Capacity and willingness to operationally manage aspects of the Service
  • 9. Capacity and willingness to contribute to policy development and implementation within the Service
Clinical Governance Essential
  • 1. Capacity and willingness to work within the parameters of good practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in accordance with the policies and parameters of clinical governance
  • 2. Commitment to Equality & Valuing Diversity Principles
  • 3. Understanding of Confidentiality & Data Protection
  • 4. Understanding of the service users of the Trust (which could include lived experience of conditions the Trust deals with or of receiving services relevant to those the Trust provides)

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Leicestershire Health Headquarters

Gwendolen Road



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