Nightingale Hospital is the only private mental health hospital in Central London, with over 30 years of experience in delivering specialised, evidence-based treatments in outpatient, day patient and inpatient settings.

Our dedicated team of specialists are committed to the diagnosis and treatment of all types of mental health conditions, including eating disorders and addictions. Conveniently located, we are a two-minute walk from Marylebone mainline and Underground stations, and within a ten-minute walk of Baker Street and Edgware Road Underground stations.

We are owned by international medical group Orpea, delivering the full spectrum of psychiatric care, high-quality care home and rehabilitation services across the globe.

The main purpose of the job

The lead therapist for OCD and related disorders will have full responsibility for the day-to-day management of the OCD therapy programmes. This will be a key role within a new specialist 6-bedded service the hospital is launching, to support patients with OCD and related disorders led by Professor David Veale

This includes providing therapeutic input on a group and individual basis working with inpatients, day patients and outpatients who have been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and related disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder

They will be required to:

  • Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the OCD/BDD group therapy programme
  • Oversee the OCD/BDD inpatient group therapy programme, in terms of any changes to groups or group facilitators
  • Oversee, with the support of the day therapy coordinator, the delivery of the OCD/BDD day therapy programme and ensure a safe environment for patients
  • Promote the continuous development of the OCD/BDD group therapy programme(s)
  • Support the therapy services manager by acting as liaison with the wider therapy department
  • Communicate therapists’ concerns, suggestions and ideas to the therapy services manager
  • To ensure that the model of treatment is appropriate and consistent with sound practice, and grounded in recent relevant evidence


  • Completion of postgraduate training in cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
  • Core professional registration (e.g. psychology, nursing, social work) or equivalent recognition through Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes route to accreditation through BABCP.  
  • Knowledge and experience of assessment, formulating and providing cognitive behaviour therapy to clients with OCD and related disorders
  • Knowledge of assessment tools and their psychometrics
  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience delivering therapy in an acute mental health setting/inpatient setting
  • Group therapy experience
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Well-developed aptitude for self-awareness
  • Ability to deal with challenging presentations in a positive manner
  • Ability to identify and manage stressful situations
  • Proficient in all forms of communication including verbal and written
  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage the competing demands of a varied workload
  • Ability to balance team working with independent initiative
  • Good interpersonal skills to work collaboratively within the wider hospital teams
  • Readiness to accept direction
  • Awareness of different cultural backgrounds of clients and diversity at work
  • Fully IT literate (e.g. electronic databases/file systems; email and other electronic communication)
  • High level of self-confidence
  • Motivational leadership style
  • Good time-keeping skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the business

Main benefits

  • 25 days’ holiday increasing up to 30 days for long service plus bank holidays
  • Generous Company pension scheme with The People’s Pension
  • Generous Company sick pay
  • Annual staff bonus (discretionary)
  • Paid for DBS
  • Death in service cover
  • Travel loan scheme
  • Subsidised staff meals
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Flexible working
  • Perkbox discounts

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  • Marylebone, London

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