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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/04/2021.

Senior Psychotherapist/Clinical Psychologist.

Job Reference: 457-21-008-PY

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Mood, Anxiety and related Disorders Team, Specialist Psychotherapy Service
£45,753 to £51,668 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
Anxiety, Mood and related Disorders Team, Specialist Psychotherapy Service

Senior Psychotherapist/Clinical Psychologist.

Salary: Band 8a - £45,753 - £51,668 pa (dependent on experience)

Location: St. Georges Community Health Centre

Hours: 22.5 pw


Post Ref: 457-21-008-PY

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of Psychological Therapists who are working in the Mood, Anxiety and related Disorders Team, within the Specialist Psychotherapy Service. We are seeking a suitably qualified Senior Psychotherapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist to join the team. The team offers a city-wide and regional tertiary level service to people experiencing difficulties associated with complex anxiety, mood disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We are seeking an additional Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychological Therapist to compliment the diverse range of other psychotherapy modalities with an evidence base in this area, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Psychotherapy and trauma focused approaches such as EMDR.

This permanent post is based at the St. Georges Community Health Centre. The post involves working as part of the MDT providing highly specialised evidence-based psychological therapies to people with complex anxiety and mood disorders. The role involves direct clinical work with service users and their families/carers providing psychological interventions for people who require highly specialised psychological therapies and for whom there has been an inadequate response to ‘first line’ interventions, or for whom these interventions are not appropriate.

We provide psychotherapeutic interventions, consultation and advice for service users and other teams, alongside specialist education, training and research. The team is part of the Specialist Psychotherapy Service at St Georges and has been awarded APPTS accreditation (the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services) from the Royal College of Psychiatry. This post will also involve working indirectly with staff through joint work, consultation, reflective practice and team formulation.

We are looking for a Senior Psychological Therapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist who is suitably qualified and registered with the relevant body (Health Professions Council, NMC/UKCP/BPC/BPS or equivalent) as a Clinical Psychologist or Psychotherapist and who is interested in working with adults with complex mental health problems. Psychotherapy roles are highly valued by the team and a positive approach to multidisciplinary teamwork is essential.

We are keen to ensure that this relatively small team is able to provide a range of interventions across therapeutic modalities, so are specifically looking to recruit an additional therapist with the ability to work using a Psychodynamic and/or a Psychoanalytic approach. Candidates must have completed, or be near completion of, relevant training in these approaches. The ability to work with one additional therapy modality is desirable.

This is predominantly a clinical post although the post-holder will be expected to be involved in service development projects, teaching, consultation, clinical outcome measure projects and supervision of other therapists as detailed in the job description, where appropriate.

It is a really exciting time for the service as we are working upon developing links with service user groups in order to shape and develop care pathways and to improve interfaces between mental health services and 3rd sector organisations. The post holder will contribute to these areas of development and will play a key role in the delivery of psychotherapeutic interventions to service users, their families and carers. The role will also involve complex assessments, formulation and contributing to a consultation service to other services. There will also be opportunities to supervise trainees on placement with the team.

You will need to have an enthusiasm for, and experience of working with service users with complex needs, as well as experience of and a respect for working in multidisciplinary teams. As a multimodal therapy team our staff have a wide range of skills and come from a variety of professional backgrounds such as Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry. We are a welcoming and supportive team who are keen to develop our skill base in order that we meet the needs of our service users.

You will also benefit from being part of a thriving Adult Mental Health (AMH) Psychological Therapy grouping of around 60 people, which in turn is part of the Wider MDT Psychological Services across Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust. Peer support, clinical supervision, and line management are offered through the AMH Division. We also benefit from strong links with the Sheffield DClinPsy training course, offering teaching, mentoring, and placements. Sheffield is a fantastic place to live and work and has enjoyable cultural and sport facilities. It is 10 minutes’ drive from the beautiful Peak District, and has excellent transport links to other parts of the country.

It is essential you demonstrate in your application that you meet the requirements of the person specification.

We strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss your interest in the post and to answer any questions you may have.

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 (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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