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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/12/2020.

Principal Adult Psychotherapist

Job Reference: 222-LS-CARMHS-58

West London NHS Trust
Additional Professional Scientific and Technical
Cassel Psychotherapy, Richmond
£53,168 - £62,001 pa pro rata plus HCAS

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Ealing as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

The Cassel Hospital, 1 Ham Common, Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, TW10 7JF


Principal Adult Psychotherapist

Grade: Band 8B

Setting: Specialist Tier 4 Personality Disorder Inpatient Service

Hours: 22.5

Contract: Fixed term for one year


The Cassel is a long established, national specialist Tier 4 mental health resource comprising of an in-patient service and a comprehensive outreach programme for adults with emerging and unstable personality disorder.

The inpatient service provides an intensive 9-month treatment programme for adults who are in a state of crisis or breakdown resulting from a complex interplay of severe mental health problems, longstanding deprivation, abuse and neglect.

It is recognised as a centre of excellence for the treatment of personality disorders and is unique in offering a highly specialised combination of formal psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychosocial nursing in a therapeutic community setting, complemented by a full programme of community activities.


This is an exciting and rare opportunity for an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist to join the multidisciplinary team of our Inpatient Service. The successful applicant will carry out assessments, provide twice weekly individual psychotherapy to a caseload of patients, teach and supervise colleagues and trainees, and contribute significantly to overall containment of the therapeutic community as a whole via a firm commitment to the Cassel’s culture of enquiry .Supervision will be provided as part of the post.


Applicants should have a qualification in the practice of psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy accredited by the BCP or similar.


For further information please contact Beate Schumacher, Head of Psychotherapy & Social Work, on 020 8483 2900, or email


Closing date for receipt of applications is: 11th December 2020


Interviews will be held at the Cassel on: 15th January 2021


The Trust will apply for an enhanced CRB disclosure for the successful candidate prior to appointment.


The Trust is implementing Agenda for Change. Therefore the pay, terms and conditions of appointment will be amended in line with national agreements.


The Trust is committed to Equal Opportunities and operates a restricted smoking policy for staff.




For further details / informal visits contact:

NameBeate SchumacherJob titleHead of Psychotherapy & Social WorkEmail addressbeate.schumacher@westlondon.nhs.ukTelephone number020 8483 2900Additional contact information

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All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

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Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

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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