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Band 7 - Psychotherapist

Job Description

25 million people living in east London and beyond look to the services run by the Barts Health group of hospitals to provide them with the healthcare they need. We are the biggest NHS teaching trust in the country, and our challenges are those of a large and complex organisation. Coming to work for Barts Health mean you will gain experience like no other NHS trust. We offer you the opportunity and support to experience a wide and varied career within one Trust.

Recent improvements has led to a stronger focus on providing Safe and Compassionate care to our patients and this has increased opportunities available to learn, develop and expand your career. We believe that providing excellent education, training and development for our staff is essential. We offer a wide range of benefits for example access to childcare vouchers, home-electronic scheme giving you discounted prices for home –electronics, salary sacrifice for cars, season ticket loans and access to staff discount for local restaurants and gyms

So while we are improving, you can too - within a professionally challenging yet exciting environment.

Band 7 - Psychotherapist

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Royal London Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care unit for an experienced psychologist / psychotherapist. The unit consists of a multidisciplinary team of neonatologists, surgeons, junior doctors, nurses, health care support workers, physiotherapist and other members of the wider hospital team. The psychotherapist will play an integral role in providing emotional support to the parents, occasionally other members of the family (including siblings) who use our service and provide a resource for the team members themselves.

The Royal London neonatal service comprises a Neonatal Intensive Care unit with 37 beds, caring for over 700 babies every year. We receive admissions of sick and premature babies from our adjoining labour ward, as well as other smaller hospitals within our network for specialist medical and surgical intensive care. We care for some of the sickest babies with significant morbidity and mortality and the post holder will play an important role in supporting parents and families of these infants.

The Hospital serves a diverse community and equally consists of a large multi-disciplinary team with diverse backgrounds. It is therefore important that the post holder is able to demonstrate an ability to work with people from all backgrounds. Language and cultural barriers may need to be overcome with creative and empathic communication.

The post holder will play an integral part in developing the parental support and counseling service and will have the opportunity to have creative input into how the service will operate. It is anticipated that the post holder would be trained to offer an array of therapeutic options for the parents which include Cognitive Behavioral and Analytic therapies (CBT & CAT), Compassion focussed Therapy and/or psychodynamic work. In addition, peer support and supervision for staff and debriefing will also be an essential part of the role.

The ideal candidate will have a psychoanalytic or psychodynamic background, will have experience working with individuals, couples and groups, and have experience working within the NHS. Experience working with mental health issues an understanding of perinatal mental health is desirable.

The candidate is based on the Neonatal unit; however, it is expected for the candidate to work with the perinatal mental health teams. The candidate is expected to join any pre-existing clinical network and attend MDT meetings and safeguarding meetings across teams. The candidate is expected to attend the yearly peer review from the Royal College Perinatal Quality Network and the annual Birth Trauma Day.

It is expected for the candidate to develop and contribute towards national and local audits, research and QI projects. We are creative and innovative in our work, encouraging research and service evaluation and we are committed to involving and empowering service users.

For more information please contact Deborah Jackson, Senior Nurse (( Email address removed )) or Dr Vadivelam Murthy , Consultant Neonatologist (Clinical Lead) (( Email address removed )) through the Neonatal Unit Secretary on  ( Phone number removed ) .

Please note: -

All staff identified as AT-RISK who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly. Priority will initially be given to Barts Health employees. This does not apply to Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) roles.

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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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