Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or Cognitive Analytic Therapist, Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT

Psychotherapist and/or Cognitive Analytic Therapist: Bracknell CMHT Therapy Services- Band 7

Permanent: 0.8 WTE position in Bracknell CMHT – Integrated Psychological Therapies Team

Interview Date: Friday 16th July 2021

What’s special about this opportunity?

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust can provide you with a dynamic, people-centred environment, where you will be empowered to support patients with complex conditions, adopting a personalised approach to patient care that maximises independence, choice and control, following our philosophy of enabling people to reach and maintain their optimum level of health and wellbeing.

We value our employees and put people first. As a Global Digital Exemplar, we will provide you with an excellent working environment that has just been recognised as having an ‘Outstanding’ rating overall, being an ‘Outstanding’, well-led, organisation, and having an ‘Outstanding’ Older Adults Mental Health Team in our latest CQC inspection, which found that: ‘Managers across Berkshire Healthcare promoted a positive culture that supported and valued staff, creating a sense of common purpose based on shared values.’

Working in a passionate multi-disciplinary team, you will have access to our Trust-wide Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth, with opportunities to help you build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, enabling you to extend your skills and ensure that you excel.

We are pioneers in compassionate leadership and Quality Improvement, which is about creating a culture where everyone has a voice and where service users and staff collaborate to have a direct impact on the things that matter most.

About you:

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated psychotherapist (UKCP/BCP) or a Cognitive Analytical Therapists (CAT) to join our Bracknell Integrated Psychological Therapies Services, working as part of the Bracknell CMHT. There may also be opportunities to work across other services in line with service need.

We are looking for someone with experience in delivering direct clinical work, who has exceptional communication and people skills and experience of delivering specialist psychological services, individually and in groups to clients in a multidisciplinary setting.

You will also have skills in psychological assessment and formulation of complex presentations, with knowledge of the range of evidence-based psychological interventions in adult mental health. You will also have a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of appropriate specialised psychological therapies.

You will work as a valued member of the Community Mental Health Team within Psychological Therapies, and will contribute to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including risk management and safety planning, co-working with other professional disciplines and where appropriate, you may also be involved in teaching, consultation and liaison to multidisciplinary mental health staff. Working autonomously, you will have experience of services that operate the Care Programme Approach. You will also engage in appropriate research activities for audit and service evaluation as the service/Trust requires

You will have great IT skills and be familiar with electronic patient recording systems and software packages. You will need access to your own car and be able to travel independently to locations across Berkshire.

Your enthusiasm and commitment will be rewarded with the support of a dedicated team that strives to create a progressive, warm and considerate environment.

What’s next?

If you share our passion for people and the dedication to excel, we’d love to hear from you.

At present, we are unable to facilitate visits to the services in line with the Covid-19 distancing measures. However, we are very happy to discuss the role with you and answer any questions that you may have. Please contact Anne Reilly, Consultant Psychotherapist on 01628 640200 or email at

In addition to a competitive salary, as a valued member of our team, you will receive generous annual leave, have access to a car salary sacrifice scheme (available to all permanent staff over the age of 21), support with childcare and, as a respected member of the NHS, discounts from high street retailers and restaurants.

We’d love to welcome you to our warm, friendly teams, and want to help you to make your career reflect your ambitions.


The post holder will work as part of the Bracknell Community Mental Health Team, Psychological Therapies, to provide evidence-based psychological therapy. 

To provide assessment, formulation, and therapeutic intervention to clients with complex and severe mental health problems referred to the service in line with most recent evidence and service model.

To provide clinical advice, teaching and joint working to multi-professional teams and colleagues.

To undertake clinical audit activities, contribute to outcome measurement and review of the efficacy of the programme.

To participate in regular supervision and work within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust and service policies and procedures. 

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