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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/08/2021.

Trainee Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Job Reference: 453-21-3358963

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Trainee Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
Psychotherapy services, Lynfield Mount Hospital, Bradford
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum

Bradford District Care Trust is an award-winning Trust that provides a range of innovative services that have been recognised as best practice nationally. As a provider of care for people of all ages who have mental and/or community health needs we are dedicated to providing a high quality service, close to where people live and as much as possible tailored to an individual’s needs.

The Trust’s purpose is to create connected communities and help people to feel as healthy as they can be at every point in their lives and our vision is to connect people to the best quality care, when and where they need it and be a national role model as an employer and provide our staff with the best place to work.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values:- We Care, We Listen, We Deliver

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people’s views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Bradford is the 6th largest city in the UK. The Trust patch goes from urban Bradford right up to Settle, Ingleton and beyond. The Bradford metropolitan area is vibrant and culturally diverse with over 140 different languages spoken, with people who origins are from the South Asian continent and Eastern Europe. It is a city of sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees. Bradford has a growing youth population with a partnership approach committed to reducing adversity and responding early to those in need. Its an area with fantastic cultural heritage - from the Bronte parsonage to the listed buildings of Little Germany and the UNESCO heritage site of Saltaire. There are areas of outstanding natural beauty on our doorstep such as the Yorkshire Dales which the trust reaches into. Most of the BDCFT district has good transport links and renting or buying property is affordable for most. Communities in our catchment range are from some of the most deprived to the most affluent, from inner city to rural farmlands and market towns. Working for BDCFT creates opportunities to work with people who face a range of challenges and present with degrees of complexity. BDCFT aspires to be trauma informed in its provision of treatment and care to people referred and their families and in its support of staff with a heavy emphasis on the wellbeing of the workforce with a strong governance structure. Psychological principles and services are central to the fair and compassionate culture of the organisation, contributing proactively to the presence of a psychologically aware and skilled workforce alongside providing evidence-based, formulation driven therapy provision. We seek someone passionate about working with diversity and marginalised communities as part of a multi disciplinary team committed to reducing health inequalities and providing trauma informed psychological services. Now is an exciting time to join the organisation as we work more closely with our vibrant third sector providers and grass root community organizations.

Our Psychodynamic & Analytic Psychotherapies are a highly valued part of our services for adults. We are eager to recruit a mental health practitioner with interest in training as an dynamic psychotherapist, supported by our experienced team of psychoanalytic practitioners. Ideally the successful applicant will have already completed the Tavistock D58 introductory course and be in a position to commence the D59 intermediate training, though people are welcome to apply who have not yet undertaken this preliminary course of study. The training will be funded by BDCFT and the successful candidate will form part of the psychoanalytic team, with time and physical space given to see their training cases and attend the course requirements. Supervision for training cases will be provided through the D58/D59 but other clinical discussion and supervision is available from the analytic team as required. It is expected that the successful applicant will pay for their own analytic psychotherapy which is a requirement of the training programme. The post is offered at Band 6 until the person has completed all requirements (within the required timescales) and submitted their details for accreditation by the British Psychoanalytic Council, when the person will be promoted to a Band 7 position within the department.

Clinically the organisation embraces MDT working and whilst the post holder will primarily provide 1-1 therapy they will also be encouraged, within their competence levels to support the trauma informed practice of the wider workforce through supervision, consultation and participation in team based activities. The successful candidate will be experienced working with adults with complex mental health needs (all be it in a non psychological therapy role) and familiar with working through a trauma informed lens to understand what has happened to people and ways to alleviate their distress. We welcome innovation, creativity and holistic ways of working to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

We welcome your application and any questions you may have.

Closing Date: 15th August 2021

Shortlisting Date: w/c 16th August 2021

Interview Date: 6th September 2021

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Jeani Lingam

Job title: Consultant Medical Psychotherapist

Email address:

Additional contact information

Dick Agass or Cheryl Williams


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Candidates applying for this vacancy are informed that preference will be given to Trust staff who are currently going through the organisational change process within the Trust and the role may be withdrawn from external candidates on this basis. In the event of this happening the Trust will inform candidates via their email address on NHS Jobs.

We would welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.

We welcome people from all backgrounds and in particular Bradford District Care Trust is keen to reflect the population we serve, we are currently under represented in terms of black and minority ethnic staff. Applications are encouraged from these groups but it must be stressed that selection will be solely on merit and in accordance with the Trust recruitment policy.

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and homes lives and support staff by offering a range of benefits including nursery facilities. We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

We want to understand how you demonstrate the values, skills and knowledge that we are looking for. Please ensure that you read the job description and person specification attached below as this will help you complete your application.

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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