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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37.5 hours per week)
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Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
London Road Resource Centre
£38,890 - £51,668 pa, pro-rata
Salary period
12/07/2021 23:59

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Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Want to make a real difference and have a truly rewarding career?  Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

We’ve been rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC, with some outstanding services.  The CQC commented at our most recent inspection on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Derbyshire Healthcare and our Chief Executive, Ifti Majid, is a national advocate on these issues.  We are actively seeking to increase diversity in our workforce through our recruitment activities.  Selection will be on the basis of merit and we are committed to the principles of positive action, to address any imbalances of opportunity.

We are committed to ensuring that all Trust colleagues can work safely during the current Coronavirus crisis. As part of this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to COVID-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practice, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients.  Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with COVID-19 national guidance.

Job overview

Are you either a qualified Group Analyst looking to further develop your experience in a group therapy/Therapeutic Community setting?

Or a suitably experienced clinician (, or a current member of the qualifying course for Group Analysis) with a core profession looking to train as a Group Analyst with the Institute of Group Analysis.

The successful candidate would work as part of the Department’s 3 day a week Intensive Group Psychotherapy Programme providing psychodynamic group interventions including an analytic group, creative art and drama and psychoeducation, within an 18-month timescale. The programme is looking to achieve validation as a Therapeutic Community within the next few years.

Main duties of the job

Applicants for the training post must ensure they have read and can meet the requirements for being accepted on to the IGA (Institute for Group Analysis) training, In terms of time commitment, personal analysis and academic content.  DHCFT have secured funding for the full training up to and including the Qualifying Course.  This is a development post and once you have completed all the requirements of the post, you will be eligible to move to a Band 8a post.  Please read the Group Analysis training information attached or visit the Group Analysis website for more information.

Hours: Full time (37.5 hours), Monday-Friday, 9am–5pm with some evening work potentially required to run Psychotherapy groups outside of normal working hours.  The post is open to flexible working within a full-time post.

Interview date: Friday 23rd July

Working for our organisation

The Group Programme provides therapy for people who have complex developmental trauma and often have a diagnosis of Personality Disorder and significant levels of dissociation and risk.

The Group Analyst role provides opportunities for teaching, training and supervision within the Trust and as part of the South Trent Adult Psychanalytic Psychotherapy Training.

This is an opportunity to work within a Department with a strong commitment to supervision and CPD embedded within the Trust’s wider Psychological Therapy’s Services.

Relocation expenses up to £8000 payable

Interested and want to know more; then contact us for further discussion?   Informal visits are encouraged.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Band 8a Qualified Group Analytic Post

Applicants must meet the following essential criteria:

  • a recognised qualification in one of the mental health core professions (such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work) and be registered with the appropriate professional body. Psychologists will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered with the BPS.
  • completed a relevant clinical training in Group Analytic Psychotherapy and be eligible for membership of either the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) or BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council)
  • IGA Certificate or relevant clinical experience with Group treatment  of Personality Disorder /Complex Trauma 

Band 7 Training Post

Applicants must have the following essential criteria:

  •  A recognised qualification in one of the mental health core professions (such as Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work) and be registered with the appropriate professional body. Psychologists will need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and Chartered with the BPS.
  • Three years of experience in providing NHS psychotherapy and working with Service Receivers with severe personality disorder and complex trauma within a Group or Therapeutic Community setting.
  • Have completed the IGA (Institute for Group Analysis) Diploma in Groupwork Practice

Person specification


Essential criteria


Essential criteria
  • Registerd as Psychiatric Nurse/OT/Social Worker or Psychologist


Essential criteria
  • IGA Certificate or relevant clinical experience with Group treatment of Personality Disorder /Complex Trauma
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Steve Wheeler
Job title
Service Manager/Clinical Lead
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Telephone number
0300 013 4796
Additional information

If you encounter difficulty in applying online, please contact the Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust People Resources Team:  01332 564856 option 1, option 1  or (quoting the job reference number) for support.

If you have problems applying, contact

People Resource Team
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
1st Floor Kingsway House (Entrance D)
DE22 3LZ
07900 135638
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