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Senior Adult Psychotherapist Specialising in Group Psychotherapy

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapist including provision of Mentalisation Based Therapy

It is an exciting time to join EPUT as we develop treatment pathways, new processes and therapeutic provisions to meet the needs of our clients with a diagnosis or traits of personality disorder. The successful candidate will work with this client group and those with other complex presentations.

The successful candidate will be joining teams of committed colleagues providing psychoanalytically based psychotherapy for clients with complex presentations. Group analytic/psychoanalytically based psychotherapy is a well-respected provision and recognised as a vital addition in the treatment of clients with personality disorders and complex presentations. In working with the transformation of services for clients with personality difficulties/disorders, the group psychotherapist will provide both group analytic psychotherapy and Mentalisation Based Therapy as recommend by NICE guidance.

The successful candidate will need to have either experience in providing MBT or a commitment to train and provide MBT both in individual and group sessions. The post holder will take a lead in developing this provision for clients in the South West Essex (Basildon) locality. The post holder will support client access by conducting assessments for psychotherapy and making recommendations for the appropriate therapy.

Main duties of the job

Psychotherapy works closely with the local MDTs including the community mental health teams, Personality Disorder and Complex Needs Team and psychology colleagues.

The successful candidate will be supported with peer supervision provided by a highly experienced group analyst, and the medical psychotherapist, (clinical head of the psychotherapy provision) and will be encouraged to develop practice with appropriate CPD. The Psychotherapists meet weekly for a case discussion and referral management.

This is a senior level post and the post holder will be responsible to support the operational functioning of the service working closely with the medical psychotherapist and operational manager.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate their ability to be client focused, understand what is meant by trauma informed care, use this and their psychotherapeutic thinking in all clinical work interactions with colleagues, carers and other stakeholders at all times.

The successful candidate will deliver group analytic psychotherapy and Mentalisation Based Therapy, assessing with colleagues for the appropriate provision of each. You will be responsible for clinical administration of your caseload including maintaining notes, outcome measures and communication with all involved colleagues.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;

o Season Ticket Loans

o NHS discounts for staff

o Excellent Training facilities and opportunities

o Buying and Selling annual leave scheme

o The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas

o Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

o Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

Job description Job responsibilities

As a senior clinician, you will work closely with the medical psychotherapist in supporting colleagues including trainee doctors with supervision, learning opportunities, reflective practice, and the development of the psychotherapy provision. You will work with colleagues to develop and manage a clinical data and outcome measure process.

Operationally; as a senior member of the service the post holder will also work closely with the operational manager and other senior colleagues in performing duties including but not limited to: ensuring the collection of data and outcome measures, supporting the management of referrals, investigating complaints, attending service wide referral- MDTs, the locality Multi-Agency Forum, and locality operational meetings. The successful candidate will support the induction and learning of new member of service, honorary therapists, trainee doctors and other students on placement as appropriate.

Training for MBT Training and other CPD is positively considered. Clinical staff are issued with a laptop to facilitate completing administrative and clinical notes from home, but clinical work takes place in the three venues we provide a service to in the South West locality.

Please see the main job description and person specification for this information.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Masters level or equivalent in Group Psychotherapy
  • Experience with mentalisaton based therapy
Experience Essential
  • Experienced working with clients experiencing emotionally unstable personality disorder.
  • Experienced facilitating groups for clients with complex presentation.

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