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Senior Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Basildon Mental Health Unit
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Band 8a

About Us

EPUT provides community health, mental health and learning disability services to support more than 3.2 million people living across Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk. Also:

  • We are among the largest employers in the in the East of England region, with more than 10,000 staff working across more than 200 sites.
  • We run the COVID-19 vaccination programme across mid and south Essex and Suffolk and north east Essex.

EPUT was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT). A new leadership team was established at the Trust in 2020.

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Our vision and values

Our Vision

“To be the leading health and wellbeing service in the provision of mental health and community care”.

Our Purpose

“We care for people every day. What we do together, matters”.

Our Values

  • We Care
  • We Learn
  • We Empower

Our strategic objectives

  • We will deliver safe, high quality integrated care services.
  • We will enable each other to be the best that we can.
  • We will work together with our partners to make our services better.
  • We will help our communities to thrive.

Our services

  • Mental Health Services
  • Community Health Services
  • Learning Disabilities Services
  • Social Care

Find out more about the services we offer in our service directory. 

Job overview

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is one of the biggest Mental Health NHS Foundation Trusts in the country. We provide integrated care including mental health, learning disability, social care and community services to culturally and economically diverse communities across Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk. We employ approximately 7,000 people and work with a wide range of partners together 'Working to Improve Lives'.

EPUT is currently developing a more comprehensive pathway for clients experiencing personality disorders. We are developing integrated interventions across community, primary care and secondary care services. This is a major transformation in service delivery and an exciting opportunity to join a progressing and developing service.

Main duties of the job

The Personality Disorder and Complex Needs Pathway is looking to recruit two Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists to join a team of dynamic and experienced clinicians who provide psychotherapy to clients on this pathway. This will include providing psychotherapy, assessment, consultation and treatment plans to clients who experience severe emotional disturbance often with a history of trauma and complex needs. The successful psychotherapy candidate will need to be able to work in a multidisciplinary setting and support colleagues across this pathway.  There is a good skill mix across the pathway including psychology, OT, psycho-social nursing and CMHT support. The psychotherapy provision includes individual and group psychodynamic psychotherapy, art psychotherapy, Mentalization Based Therapy and systemic family therapy. The psychotherapy delivery is embedded in this pathway. The medical psychotherapist will be providing expert supervision; additional supervision for the specialism is supported. Continued professional development is encouraged.

Working for our organisation

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;

  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The successful candidate will need to have experience working with this client group. In addition to being able to provide psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy appropriately to this client group, the post holder will work collaboratively with colleagues, attending appropriate multi agency treatment planning meetings, managing risk, reviewing treatment, attending supervision and in turn be able to support colleagues working with this client group by providing supervision or reflective practice space. Experience in providing MBT interventions or a willingness to develop these skills is desirable. As a senior post holder you will be responsible for leading on the use of outcome measures and other tasks that support the effective management of the service.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate a trauma informed approach in all their interactions with colleagues and clients.  The Trusts’ approach to recruitment is values based and applicants must be able to demonstrate the Trust's corporate values and behavior which are We Learn, We Care and We Empower.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of different pathways of care in terms of mental health provision in statutory and voluntary sectors.
Desirable criteria
  • Comprehensive knowledge of theory, that gives a clear and coherent understanding of psychological development and psychopathology.
  • Understanding of trauma informed care.


Essential criteria
  • Experience in providing highly specialist psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Experience in performing operational tasks as required for the function of the service including: data, audit, contributing to outcome measures, attending service wide operational meetings and induction of new staff, honorary therapists or students.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveCare quality commission - Good

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kathy Swearingen
Job title
PD&CN Operational Manager
Telephone number
07961 500338
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