Specialist Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year Per annum Pro Rata
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic part time (30 hours per week) Psychodynamic Psychotherapist to join the Older Adult CMHT Psychology and Psychotherapy Service.

The team comprises, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists,Psychodynamic Psychotherapists and Trainees. The team delivers assessment, treatment, and works closely with colleagues in the CMHTs.

Only applicants with UKCP or British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC) registration in individual psychodynamic psychotherapy should apply.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:As a team we are committed to getting the very best out of our staff and in supporting staff in their career aspirations. Regular supervision from an experienced and senior psychotherapist and SLaM's trust wide events deliver many development opportunities.

Main duties of the job

To provide assessments and treatment to a caseload of services users with complex presentations. To provide clinical expertise, consultation and liaison work with the Community Mental Health Team(s). Skill and experience in assessing and treating service users from diverse backgrounds within a psychodynamic framework in secondary care is essential. Interest and capacity for close team working, as well as the ability to work autonomously are key.

About us

Agile and flexible working:As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work weekdays typically in the time frames from 9am to 5pm giving you the very best of good work life balance. The team meeting day is Wednesday.

About Us:

The Older Adult service is a dedicated service to meet the mental health needs of people aged over 65, which is highly valued by service users and their support networks. This means we work with a range of presentations from depression, anxiety to trauma and psychosis and sometimes these difficulties present in the context of dementia: our work is fascinating and important as we work with a vulnerable and interesting client group. We are a multi-disciplinary service: our CMHTs work to provide ongoing support to people living at home whilst our HTTs provide short term input to support people in crisis.

About our locations:

The postholder will work across boroughs, seeing patients from Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark CMHT for Older Adults.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a highly specialist psychodynamic psychotherapy service to Older Adult secondary care service users including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

To work as an autonomous professional within BPC/UKCP guidelines and codes of conduct and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.

To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for more detailed information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy that has been accepted by the BPC/UKCP for purposes of professional registration
  • Registered with the BPC/UKCP
  • Other training in working with PD presentations, such as MBT/TFP
Experience Essential
  • Experience of receiving professional supervision across a range of client needs.
  • Experience of psychotherapeutic assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature, including Personality Disorders.
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience.
  • Experience of working with older adults in a secondary care NHS setting.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
Knowledge\Skills Essential
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment
  • Knowledge of psychotherapeutic assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Post-graduate level knowledge of psychotherapeutic research methodology
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.
  • To deliver psychotherapy across cultural and other differences.
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPA and case reviews.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychotherapeutic interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self
  • Ability to manage physical aggression directed at self, including use of physical interventions as prescribed by Trust policies

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