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Principal Group Psychotherapist

Job Reference: 363-CH5176

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
C&H Psychodynamic Therapy, LONDON
£59,083 to £67,760 per annum, Inc HCA

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

A vacancy for a Principal Group Psychotherapist Band 8B has arisen in the forward thinking City & Hackney Specialist Psychotherapy Service based at Vivienne Cohen House, 2 Crozier Terrace, London E9 6AT. This service is part of the East London NHS Foundation Trust offering assessment and psychological therapy to a secondary care population with complex and often comorbid presentations, including treatment resistant depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, complex trauma and Personality Disorder. A number of treatment modalities are offered within the service including cognitive, psychodynamic, individual, group, couple and family therapies, as well as more intensive programmes for individuals with Personality Disorder that are delivered according to a Mentalisation-Based Therapy model .


The post-holder will be based in the Psychodynamic Therapy team within the service and will be responsible for co-ordinating and overseeing the Group Psychotherapy treatment pathway. More specifically, s/he will provide specialist assessments, maintain a group caseload, offer specialist clinical supervision to junior colleagues and honorary therapists, and oversee the waiting list for group psychotherapy treatments. As a member of the Specialist Psychotherapy Service senior management team, the post-holder will also take on some senior management/operational responsibilities as and when required.


We are looking for an energetic, motivated, flexible and creative clinician with significant experience working as a mental health professional with theoretical, clinical and practical knowledge of delivering group psychotherapy and psychodynamic interventions within an NHS context. In return, we will offer a contained and thoughtful work environment within a team that is committed to improving the psychological wellbeing of our service users.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Contact Details: Rory Bolton


Contact Number: 020 8510 2900


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ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2018. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission to improve the quality of life of all we serve, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

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Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire, Luton and psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond.

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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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