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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/06/2020.

Principal Psychotherapist

Job Reference: 457-20-038-PY

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
£53,168 to £62,001 pa

About us

We are a Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust providing a range of diverse services including: generic & specialist mental health care; services for people with learning disability; drug & alcohol services; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT); GP Primary Care services; dementia care services; and community based services for those with long term neurological conditions. We promote emotional health and well being through the provision of accessible high quality modern services designed around the needs of our local population. Our culture is founded upon effective partnership working and close working relationships with staff, service users and their families/carers. We strive to deliver consistently high quality care through our high performing, dedicated & skilful workforce which you could now become a part of. Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are Respect, Compassion, Partnership. Accountability, Fairness and Ambition.

Scheduled and Planned Care Network
Mood, Anxiety & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Service (MAPPS)

Principal Psychotherapist

Salary: Band 8b £53,168 - £62,001 pa

Location: St. Georges Community Health Centre
Hours: 37.5

Post Ref: 457-20-038-PY

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of multi-disciplinary psychological therapists who are working in the Mood, Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders Service (MAPPS), within the Specialist Psychotherapy Service.

The post involves leading on clinical pathways as part of the MDT providing highly specialised evidence-based psychological therapies for people who have complex anxiety and mood difficulties. The role also involves direct clinical work with service users and their families/carers providing psychological interventions for people who require highly specialised psychological therapeutic interventions. Alongside this working with staff within the team/service and SHSC Trust through joint clinical work and consultation.

We are looking for a suitably qualified, accredited Psychotherapist who holds substantial experience of working with people with complex mental health problems.  Candidates must have completed all relevant training and be qualified and professionally registered in at least 1 evidenced based therapeutic modality. All applicants are required to be registered and accredited as a psychotherapist with the relevant overseeing professional body (e.g. HCPC, BABCP, UKCP, ACAT).

It will also be essential for the post-holder to consider and be informed by relevant local and national guidance and recommendations to inform and lead on the development of good governance within the team.  In addition, you will be directly responsible for delivering key outcomes related to staff management, clinical leadership and evaluating quality improvement initiatives. There will also be opportunities for leading teaching, training and clinical research.

Applicants must demonstrate a good level of management and leadership ability and have good organisational and prioritisation skills. Playing an active leadership role in the training and development of medical psychotherapists will be a key post outcome. Leadership and organisational skills and experience focussed on the development of the clinical care pathway across Trust services will be prioritised in this post.

Psychotherapy roles are highly valued by the organisation and a positive approach to working with other teams and services is essential. 

We are accredited through the APPTS CCQI system and are looking for someone who can support us to maintain our excellent standards of clinical practice.  

For further information please contact either Joe Curran, Consultant Psychotherapist, ( or Dr Alex Pavlovic, Consultant Psychiatrist ( Tel:  (0114) 271 6920 or Sue Walsh, Psychological Lead for Scheduled and Acute Care Services ( Tel: (0114) 2718933


Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are:

  • Respect: We listen to other, valuing their views and contributions
  • Compassion: We show empathy and kindness to others so they feel supported, understood and safe
  • Partnership: We engage with others on the basis of equality and collaboration
  • Accountability: We are open and transparent, acting with honesty and integrity, accepting responsibility for outcomes
  • Fairness: We ensure equal access to opportunity, support and services
  • Ambition: We are committed to making a difference and helping to fulfil aspirations and hopes of our service users.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

SHSC is a Level 2 'Disability Confident' employer, this means that if you have a Disability you are guaranteed an interview if you meet ALL of the essential criteria for this post. Please make sure that when you apply for this post you make it clear how you meet the criteria for the post and also complete the monitoring section of the application where there is a box to tick to indicate that you wish to be included in the guaranteed interview scheme.

The Trust values the diversity of all staff and is committed to equality. We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, gender, racial origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation or disability including people who have experienced mental ill health. We actively welcome applications from people who have used our services.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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