London, Greater London
£45,000 - £50,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Lead Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Salary: £45-50k pa (Pro-rata)

Reports to: Chief Executive

Hours: 32-40 hours pw

Lead Psychotherapist/Psychologist.

Based in Vauxhall but travel across London and southern counties.

This is an opportunity to become a crucial part of the leadership of a dynamic organization providing residential psychologically informed recovery communities ‘where relationships are the treatment’. You will provide psychodynamic leadership to a small team of psychotherapists and, as part of the organisation’s senior team, clinical support to a small group of therapeutic communities (TC) providing psychologically informed environments (PIE) for young people and adults. You will also have the opportunity to carry a small clinical caseload of clients with complex presentations, including psychosis or personality disorders.

We work with people aged 16+ experiencing severe mental distress with diagnoses of psychosis or personality disorders, and enactments including self-harm, suicidal behaviours, alcohol and drug use, self-neglect, etc., most of whom have histories of compound trauma and long or multiple hospitalisations and placement breakdowns. You will use your neuro-psychodynamic understanding, your capacity to work with and through high levels of anxiety, your ability to focus on and articulate complex interpersonal dynamics, and your wisdom, to enable staff and managers in our services to provide the most enabling interactions they can to support our residents in their journey of healthy re-development and growth into recovery – to ‘get a life worth living’.

We are looking for a second (32-40 hours pw) Lead Psychotherapist to work alongside our other Lead Psychotherapist and two Senior Managers. You will join a growing, committed and vibrant organization at the forefront of best practice in mental healthcare at an exciting period of our development. We offer strong clinical support and CPD, a great working ethos and atmosphere, a real sense of belonging in an organization that profoundly cares about what we’re doing and how we do it, and the best terms and conditions we can afford.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Dr Peter Cockersell at the recruitment email provided to arrange a time for a phone conversation.





Purpose of role

CHT is developing a particular therapeutic style based on housing, community, and psychotherapy, in line with the principles of Therapeutic Communities, Psychologically Informed Environments and neuro-psychodynamic theory. The Lead Psychologist/Psychotherapist is a key role in the development of these new therapeutic environments and in the implementation of the clinical model.

The Lead Psychologist/Psychotherapist will provide leadership, management and clinical supervision to the Community Psychologists/Psychotherapists; work closely with the Senior Managers and Head of Services to lead, enable and develop therapeutic environments in all services; work closely with the Chief Executive to ensure clinical safety; lead on the development of CHT’s clinical offer, including further development of the model, managing relationships with families, and internal and external training; and play a key role in Clinical Meetings and as part of the Senior Team.

Primary tasks

  1. Provide psychodynamic leadership, line management and clinical supervision to the Community Psychologists/Psychotherapists
  2. Work alongside and support the Senior Managers and Head of Services in enabling a therapeutic environment in all CHT’s services
  3. Work alongside the CEO to ensure clinical safety and to optimise treatment plans
  4. Working with the Chief Executive and the Senior Team, to lead on the development of CHT’s clinical offer, training programme, and interactions with the families of CHT residents
  5. Participate in Clinical Meetings and Senior Team meetings
  6. Help keep up-dated and maintain CHT’s clinical policies and procedures
  7. Support the Senior Managers and Head of Services in implementing the CHT clinical model and systematic outcome monitoring
  8. Carry a small 1-1 caseload, offering individual psychodynamic psychotherapy to people with complex presentations

1. Management

  • Work as part of a mutually supportive Senior Team with the Chief Executive, Head of Services and Senior Managers.
  • Provide leadership and line management to Community Psychologists/Psychotherapists, including regular management supervision
  • Work with Community Psychologists/Psychotherapists, and with the Senior Managers, to ensure positive dynamics within the service leadership dyads
  • With the Head of Services and Senior Managers, ensure that formulations, treatment plans and recovery plans are up to date and of high quality
  • With the Head of Services, ensure that outcomes data is regularly collected
  • Attend a variety of meetings with Service Managers (leadership), staff (reflective practice) and with clients (e.g. community meetings, client reviews) and support the development and sustainment of a therapeutic environment.
  • Provide an out of hour’s emergency backup service to project managers.
  • Contribute to the recruitment of Service Managers and Psychologists/Psychotherapists.

2. Clinical practice

  • Provide psychodynamic individual and/or group clinical supervisions as required.
  • Provide 1-1 long-termpsychodynamic psychotherapy to a small number of clients.
  • Attend regular clinical supervision with the Chief Executive.
  • Practice within the ethical guidelines of your professional accrediting body.
  • Attend internal training and ensure an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of neuro-psychodynamic theory and practice, and of Psychologically Informed Environments
  • A commitment to a non-pathologising, recovery-oriented stance and a psychosocial model of human experience
  • Make presentations at conferences and publish articles in academic journals and promote the work of the charity to commissioners and others by making presentations and networking.
  • Maintain CPD and professional accreditation with BACP, UKCP and/or BPS, and provide details of up-to-date accreditation and insurances to CHT.

3. Development

  • Work with the CEO and the senior team on the further development of CHT’s clinical model incorporating the principles of Therapeutic Communities, Psychologically Informed Environments, the Recovery approach and the neuro-psychodynamic understanding of development and the processes of psychological and emotional dysfunction and recovery
  • Further develop CHT’s clinical offer, including developing an open psychotherapy service for people with diagnoses of psychosis and/or personality disorders
  • Develop CHT’s offer to families of CHT residents
  • Develop CHT’s training offer, including developing accredited trainings, and oversee the marketing and delivery of training and making an increasing surplus from the delivery of training

4. Monitoring and training

  • Ensure the implementation of systematic clinical outcome monitoring through the consistent use of tools such as CORE and PROMs.
  • Support the service management dyad in the use of other outcome tools such as Wellbeing Measures, HONOS, etc as required.
  • Work with the Chief Executive and the Senior Team to develop and deliver internal training programmes for all levels of staff
  • Manage the implementation of the internal and external training programmes
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate internal and external trainings in aspects of CHT’s model of housing, community and therapy, and notably in neuro-psychodynamic theory and practice, community practice, reflective practice, and psychologically informed environments
  • Provide training to staff through periodic masterclasses
  • Write and present papers at conferences to a professional standard and publish articles in order raise CHT’s profile within the field.


5. General

  • Comply with CHT’s Equal Opportunities Policy, Safeguarding Policy and other policies and procedures
  • Act in the best interests of CHT and its clients, and to promote CHT’s values and value in all conversations and situations
  • To take part in various duties appropriate to a member of the CHT Senior Team, and the leadership of a small service delivery charity
  • Undertake training and professional development appropriate to the role, and in agreement with the Chief Executive
  • To take part in regular meetings, supervisions and appraisals


Person Specification

  • Qualification in psychotherapy: either UKCP registration, BACP accreditation, and/or BPS chartered status as a Counselling Psychologist, or as a Clinical Psychologist with additional training in psychodynamic perspectives.
  • Experience of working psychodynamically in groups and individually.
  • Experience of providing psychodynamic supervision.
  • Experience of working with people experiencing mental health problems and mental distress, including psychosis, emotional instability and volatility, addictions and anxiety, depression, self-harm, attachment disorders, suicidality and complex presentations.
  • Significant period (>3 years) of personal therapy.
  • Good understanding of positive risk management.
  • Understanding of the principles of reflective practice.
  • Understanding of the principles of Psychologically Informed Environments.
  • Understanding of psychosocial models of madness and a commitment to enabling recovery through psychosocial approaches.
  • Understanding of safeguarding.
  • Commitment to supervision and CPD.
  • Ability to present complex personal and psychological information in a clear and intelligible manner.
  • Ability to write reports, lead presentations and workshops, and provide training at a variety of levels.
  • Ability to manage own and others’ anxiety.
  • Good team worker.
  • Sense of humour.

To apply please send attach your CV and covering letter

Closing date: 20/03/20

Interviews: TBC.

Please note: We will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close the vacancy at any time, we would therefore advise interested candidates to submit applications as soon as possible.

Refreshed on: 05 March 2020
Closed date: 20 March 2020
Job ref: Lead Psychologist/Psychotherapist
Tags: Senior Management