Job overview

The Relationship and Sexual service offers assessment and therapeutic treatment programmes to individuals and couples with many forms of sexual difficulties.

This is an opportunity for an experienced professional to provide assessment and counselling and relationship therapy to individuals and couples who present with complex sexual and relationship problems. Candidates must be able to formulate and implement complex treatment plans and evaluate the effectiveness of care through patient outcomes. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an ability to work with an integrated approach, drawing on models such as cognitive behavioural, systemic, person-centred and psychodynamic models. We are keen to explore new ways of working and delivering care through partnership working with other services, and in developing groupwork. The clinic has a high-profile role in delivering training to medical students and there is an expectation that you will participate in training events and offer clinical supervision to other professionals and trainees. We are keen to provide a flexible service, both in terms of face to face and remote working, and in offering a range of clinic times to suit patient need. We offer a vibrant and busy out-patient environment and can offer excellent supervision and support.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be provide psychological input to adults presenting with psychosexual difficulties.

The post holder will have experience of working with those having a range of complex mental health needs and deliver evidence-based interventions to service users with psychosexual issues, including those who may have mental health problems and may have experienced complex trauma.

The post-holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service’s policies and procedures. They will provide supervision to Psychologists during their postgraduate training and other Psychologists as appropriate and agreed with the Lead Psychologists. They will offer and provide advice and consultation to other Psychologists and Psychological Therapists, colleagues from other disciplines, and formal and informal carers, on matters related to the psychological needs and issues relevant to the service and its users.

Working for our organisation

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we’re looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it’s all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It’s important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you’re interested in developing your career, you’ll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people’s lives each and every day and if that’s something that you’d like to be part of we’d love to have you with us.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Manage a caseload of clients using specialist psychotherapy skills and evidence based, client centred principles to assess, plan, implement and evaluate psychological/integrated interventions.

  • Develop and co-ordinate effective audit and reporting tools for clinical supervision, practice and activity.

  • Contribute to audit and research within the R&S Service.

  • Provide management of the R & S Service waiting list.

  • Work with the Senior Management Teamtopursue the strategic development of the R & S service, through active participation and representation of the service on a variety of working parties, as appropriate.

  • Contribute to training provided by the R & S service. including the ongoing development and delivery of a training programme to SHSC staff

  • Develop partnership working with Primary Care, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Voluntary Sector and non-statutory Providers as appropriate.

  • To provide a highly specialist clinical service in sexual and relationship psychotherapy.

  • To manage all referrals to the R & S Service at the Porterbrook Clinic conveying information to referrers about the suitability of clients for all forms of sexual and relationship psychotherapy and integrated treatment approaches.
  • To work with individual clients and couples referred to the Porterbrook Clinic from primary and secondary care. To provide a comprehensive assessment of need, including an assessment of risk, using standardised assessment tools. To develop care plans and to formulate recommendations for therapy based on clinical judgement and clinical discussion with fellow team members.
  • To accept clinical responsibility for a designated caseload with complex presentations, prioritising need and taking on a coordinating role within the team where relevant. To initiate effective systems of liaison with other professionals including the clients GP to further the clients care, ensure liaison and feedback and arrange appropriate follow-up.
  • To plan and implement specialist evidence-based client centred interventions for individuals, couples and/or groups, based on a collaborative formulation of the clients difficulties, to achieve therapeutic goals. 
  • To assess risk and in conjunction with the Team to determine the need for referral on to other agencies or Teams within the Mental Health or Medical Services. To maintain effective communication between all professionals involved in the clients care at all times.
  • To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment through the appropriate use of client feedback and audit tools to measure the outcomes of therapy.
  • To work within the legal framework of the Mental Capacity Act, the Patients Charter and other government legislation that has an impact on Service delivery. To obtain informed consent and work within a legal framework with clients who lack capacity to consent to treatment.
  • To assist the senior management team in planning the therapeutic programme delivered by the service, including protocols for immediate care for urgent clients. To develop policies to ensure safe working practice and access to appropriate evidence based care.
  • To provide a consultation service for other professionals in both primary and secondary care with regards to the sustainability of referrals, the likely benefits of sexual and relationships psychotherapy, the knowledge they may need to manage client difficulties.
  • To participate in clinical and CPA meetings outside of the service in order to provide specialist advice, facilitate cross referrals and share in co-working.
  • To represent and promote all aspects of the R&S, locally, nationally and internationally. 
  • Training

  • To organise, manage and take responsibility for the clinical activity of students within the R&S service.
  • To contribute to the development and implementation educational/training provision at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels for medics and trainees in sexual and relationship therapies and treatments.
  • To plan and facilitate training events within and external to SHSC as agreed with the senior management team.
  • To take a lead role in the organisation, development and evaluation of University teaching linked to SIFT within the clinic. To work with other clinicians and professionals to deliver teaching, liaison and examination marking in collaboration with the University.
  • Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Registered Health professional
  • Registration with NMC, UKCP, BASRT or HCPC
  • Post registration experience of working with clients in psychosexual therapy
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Specialist knowledge and application of current best practice in assessments and interventions relevant to clients with relationship / sexual problems.
  • Ability to provide highly specialist advice and information relating to the formulation and treatment of complex client problems.
  • Knowledge

    Essential criteria

  • Expertise In training and education sexual and relationship psychotherapy
  • Expertise In training and education sexual and relationship psychotherapy
  • We aim to be an organisation that is diverse and inclusive and to meet this aim we welcome applications from people with a wide range of life experience and whose diversity echoes the diversity of Sheffield, that of the people who use our services, and that of the people who may need to use our services but face barriers to access. Please think about your personal values and how these align with our values when you are applying. Find out more about our organisation through our website.

    We are a Disability Confident employer level 2 and hope to achieve level 3 this year. We offer a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for a role. When you apply you will have the opportunity to let us know if you require adjustments to be made, please contact us if you are not sure or if you require adjustments to the application process itself.

    Our six staff network groups welcome new members, these are:

  • The Ethnically Diverse Staff Network Group
  • The Disability Staff Network Group
  • The Lived Experience Staff Network Group
  • The Rainbow Staff Network Group
  • The Staff Carers Staff Network Group
  • The Women’s Staff Network Group
  • We know how important flexible working can be to applicants and therefore we encourage you to discuss any working arrangements as part of this process. We will always aim to accommodate requests, wherever possible.

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

    When applying for this post you will redirected to complete your application in our preferred applicant management system, Trac. If you are successfully offered a role, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. In addition, in submitting an application, you authorise our Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed.

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