Recruitment

The Retreat in York has been helping people for over 200 years. Our expert team are enthusiastic and highly motivated.

The Retreat cares about its staff. We offer continuous professional development, regular clinical and management supervision, a high quality employee assistance scheme, an excellent pension, access to Retreat Rewards, a beautiful working environment, free parking, flexible working (including opportunities to work from home) and a clear and jointly-developed operational framework.

Why not take your career to the next level, and join our passionate staff in helping people to get their lives back on track.

Latest Vacancies

Investing in and developing our people is central to The Retreat’s vision and values. We are committed to providing all of our colleagues with a challenging, fulfilling work environment. 

Please click on one of the recruitment opportunities below

For details and application dates.

Director of Clinical Services

The Retreat is a renowned mental health charity with clinics based in York, Manchester and online, working with clients across the UK. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators and leaders in the field of person-centred, modern mental health care providing high quality, sustainable services for neurotypical and neurodiverse adults, young people, and children. We’re looking for a very skilled and experienced person with a wide range of qualities that will help us to secure a successful future for The Retreat.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference, if you are driven by excellence, achievement, recognition, and a person-centred values base then we would like to hear from you.

 Working at The Retreat

Your work will make a real difference to the lives of the people who use our services. You will have the opportunity, time, and space to lead, develop and manage tailored, high quality holistic person-centred services. We see your role as pivotal to the future success of the charity.

Our Quaker heritage and values underpin everything that we do, and our team are committed to our core values of compassion, collaboration and community building, enabling people to gain hope and encouraging resilience.

You will be supported both personally and professionally with consideration taken to your own wellbeing and development. We actively support continuous professional development and encourage career advancement. You will receive comprehensive administrative support enabling you to concentrate on your senior leadership role.

Remuneration and benefits

  • 35 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Good pension scheme
  • Protected CPD time and negotiable contracted hours and job shares
  • Professional registration fees and clinical supervision paid
  • Family friendly policies, including enhanced maternity pay, parental leave and flexible contracts
  • Flexible & home working
  • Supported wellbeing through our Employee Assist Programme
  • Free car parking

We want to make sure that we are the right organisation for you and that you are the right person to take on this important role. We are, therefore, asking all candidates to attend a full day’s interview process, which will include a presentation, a timed task, group discussions and a formal interview with the Chief Officers and some of our Trustee Directors. The interviews will take place on Friday 13th May and you will need to be available all day. Further details will be provided the week before the interview.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 3rd May 2022.

If you would like more information about the role or just an informal chat, please feel free to contact Jane Cameron, Director of Operations on 01904 412551 extn. 212 or email jcameron@theretreatyork.org.uk

You can also apply for the post through NHS Jobs: Director of Clinical Services (jobs.nhs.uk)

 

Consultant Psychiatrist

The Retreat is a world-renowned mental health clinic based in York and Manchester working with clients across the UK. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators and world leaders in the field of modern mental health care providing high quality, sustainable services for both adults and children, including neurodevelopmental conditions, stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders.

In addition to privately funded therapies, we offer some services free at the point of delivery through contracts with NHS partners and through charitable funding.

Our organisation is growing, and we are currently seeking a Consultant Psychiatrist to work 22.5 hours per week to support our ADHD pathway. We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate post-graduate qualifications in Psychiatry and accreditation with RC PSYCH professional body or equivalent, with consultant status on the Specialist Register for Adult Psychiatry. You will have experience and appropriate training in working with clients presenting with ADHD and be able to demonstrate in depth knowledge of UK mental health legislation and mental health capacity legislation.

If you are driven by excellence, achievement, recognition and the reward that comes from making a positive difference, we would like to hear from you.

Our history

The Retreat was founded by Quakers in York in 1792 and for over 200 years it has been a source of hope, comfort, support and care for people with mental health difficulties.

Founders William Tuke and his family took an innovative and compassionate approach which led to major legal reforms in the care of mental health in the UK and beyond. Every textbook on the history of mental illness mentions the unique part played by The Retreat in the reshaping of attitudes. This approach of innovation and humane care endures to this day and is something which we feel privileged to continue.

Working at The Retreat

Your work will make a real difference to the lives of your clients. You will have the opportunity, time and space to deliver a tailored, high-quality service and have the support of other senior clinicians to offer truly holistic care. This post is being offered as home-based working if you live more than 50 miles from The Retreat and live in the UK. You will be required to work your induction in York, North Yorkshire and attend site on a quarterly basis.

Our Quaker heritage and values underpin everything that we do, and our team are committed to our core values of compassion, collaboration and community, enabling people to gain hope and encouraging resilience.

You will be supported both personally and professionally with consideration taken to your own wellbeing and development. We actively support the development of our team through monthly supervision and encouraging career advancement. You will receive comprehensive administrative support enabling you to concentrate on your clinical role.

Remuneration and benefits

 £86,500 – £97,500 (FTE) dependent on skills & experience

  •  35 days holiday FTE (including Bank Holidays)
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Protected CPD time and negotiable contracted hours and job shares
  • Professional registration fees and clinical supervision paid
  • Family friendly policies, including enhanced maternity pay, parental leave and flexible contracts
  • Flexible & home working
  • Free car parking
  • A variety of shopping discounts via our high-street partners
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employment Assist Programme – giving access to range of advice and support
  • Well-being support

If you are interested and would like an informal chat, please contact Richard Dunston Brady, Service and Contracts Manger: email abedingham@theretreatyork.org.uk or phone 01904 412551

or you can apply via NHS Jobs: Consultant Psychiatrist (jobs.nhs.uk)

 

Administrator Children's & Young People Therapy Service

The Retreat Clinics has a vacancy for a dedicated person to work in our Children’s Psychological Services team.  We are looking for a highly organised, effective administrator who can work closely with our clinical team to ensure their administrative requirements are fulfilled in a timely and efficient manner.

This interesting and varied role involves dealing directly with clients providing them with information and support, ensuring records are maintained correctly, acting as liaison between the clinician and their client and working closely with the Service Managers and Clinical Leads to arrange bookings and take payments.  Other day to day tasks includes preparing client reports, scanning paperwork onto our CRM system, ensure clients return any required paperwork and monitoring client waiting lists. 

We are looking for an experienced Administrator to work 37.5 hours a week.  You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and your customer service skills will be a key strength.  You will have good IT experience preferably with a good familiarity of working within a records management system.  You will have a keen eye for detail and a desire to ensure clients receive an excellent impression of the organisation. Experience of working in a health care environment is desirable but not essential.

We offer excellent conditions of working at The Retreat Clinics; we value our staff and their well-being, something we promote at all times. Our values are focused on compassion, care and community. You will be offered the opportunity to join a good company pension scheme, we offer family friendly policies, flexible working and 25 days Annual Leave (WTE) along with all bank holidays. We promote training and development of our staff, encouraging and supporting career advancement. We offer a fully comprehensive Employer Assistance Programme that provides you with access to a range of externally managed and personalised support. Finally, and most importantly we are a great team to work with, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Closing date for applications is 15th May 2022.

If you would like more information about the role or just an informal chat, please feel free to contact Amanda Donato, Administration Manager on 01904 412551 or email adonato@theretreatyork.org.uk

You can also apply for the post through NHS Jobs:  Administrator CYPTS (jobs.nhs.uk)

 

Adult Psychological Therapy Service: Sessional Vacancy

The Retreat is a world-renowned mental health clinic working with clients across the UK. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators in the field of mental health care, from a pioneering start in 1792 to the present day, where we continue to build our services around the needs of our clients. The Retreat operates both remotely and from bases in York (including Heslington and Strensall) and Manchester, providing high quality, sustainable services for adults, children, and young people.

 The Adults Psychological Therapies Service has supported a number of clients to make clinically significant improvements, and an overwhelming majority of clients rate the service as ‘Extremely Helpful’ – a humbling 88%. One hundred percent of our clients report that they are happy with the therapy they receive.

 In addition to privately funded therapy for issues including bereavement, depression, anxiety, disordered eating, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, we offer some services free at the point of delivery, through contracts with NHS partners and charitable funding.

 The Retreat is looking to recruit talented, clinically strong therapists and psychologists on a contractual basis, in order to meet the needs of our growing client base. We welcome applications from skilled and experienced self-employed people to work in clinic and/or remotely with an agreed caseload of clients. We are particularly interested in applications from therapists with specialist qualifications in CBT, EMDR, Couple Therapy and Psychodynamic therapy, and from clinicians experienced in working with trauma or more complex presentations.

 If you’re driven by clinical excellence and outstanding results, if you measure your own achievement by that of your clients, and if you would like to work with an organisation that truly values the process, we would like to hear from you. You will be supported as a professional and as an individual, with consideration of your current capacity, preferences, and expertise when you are offered cases. You will receive support from our talented administrators, enabling you to concentrate on your clinical work.


Benefits

 Clients are triaged through an Initial Consultation with a senior clinician before being matched to a clinician. You are able to accept or refuse cases without prejudice.

Unlimited access to clinic space on our historic site. Clients are greeted by our administration team and able to wait in our comfortable waiting area.

Ability to work face to face and remotely – either from the clinic or from your own home, using our secure software.

Responsive support from our clinical leads, as required.  

Access to quality clinical record management systems to support safe practice, and access to IT support for any queries you may have.

Administration support to allow you to focus purely on your clients and therapy.

Free mandatory training if you have not completed this elsewhere.

The option to join one of our clinical network forums where you can meet with other clinicians working in the organisation.

Access to amenities onsite, including free parking, a library and kitchen, with free tea and coffee available.

Access to our clinician office and desktop PCs, to complete your notes, do additional reading, or connect with other clinicians.

 

If you are interested and would like an informal chat, please contact Cat Adlam, Service Manager: email cadlam@theretreatyork.org.uk or phone 01904 412551

or you can apply via NHS Jobs: Sessional Therapist (jobs.nhs.uk)

 

Sessional Psychologist Neurodevelopmental Services

The Retreat is a world-renowned mental health clinic based in York and Manchester working with clients across the UK. We have a long and distinguished reputation for being innovators and world leaders in the field of modern mental health care providing high quality, sustainable services for both adults and children, including neurodevelopmental conditions, stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders.

In addition to privately funded therapies, we offer some services free at the point of delivery through contracts with NHS partners and through charitable funding.

We are currently seeking psychologists to work with us on a sessional basis to provide therapy and assessment within The Retreat’s multi-disciplinary team.

We welcome applications from skilled and experienced self-employed psychologists, to work remotely or on site in York; we are particularly interested in applicants with experience in Neurodevelopmental Services for adults and/or children, providing assessment, diagnosis and psychological therapy services to individuals presenting with Autism or ADHD.

Pay rates are dependent upon experience, training and qualifications. Hours are negotiable and may include evenings and weekends.

If you are interested and would like an informal chat, please contact Richard Dunston Brady, Service and Contract Manger: email rdunstonbrady@theretreatyork.org.uk or phone 01904 412551

Applications can also be submitted via the NHS Jobs website: NHS Jobs Sessional Psychologist

All applications must be accompanied by a CV and covering letter.

 

 

A Great Place To Work

25 days holiday plus bank holidays, Standard Life defined contribution pension, Retreat Rewards scheme which includes various shopping offers, Free on-site parking

Staff Opinion

I love working with a great team of therapists who all have different specialisms and modalities. Sharing our experiences and learning from each other is so valuable. I also enjoy the variety of the therapy work. Each person is so different and they have a high level of motivation to change and overcome their problems. Being part of this change is very rewarding.

Opportunities

Even if there are no opportunities advertised, we still keep CVs on file. Why not contact us and send us your CV for future consideration?

News & Updates

What is Online/Video Therapy?

Our online therapy service allows us to offer help and support to people not able to access our York-based service face-to-face. Online therapy is a developing area for counselling and psychotherapy, and is also known as webcam counselling, e-therapy, web therapy, internet therapy, video therapy and distance therapy. This service allows you all the benefits of face-to-face sessions with a therapist, via your personal computer and from the comfort of your home.

Our skilled counsellors, psychologists and therapists will listen to you in a non-judgmental way in a private, confidential setting. They can help you with your current difficulties, past experiences or anxieties about your future with the aim of helping you improve the quality of your life and relationships.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Any one of us can experience something that we find traumatic. This could be something recent that has happened to us or it could be from our earlier years. Either way, around 30% of people who experience something traumatic go on to develop symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events can vary widely, from road traffic or other accidents, involvement in military combat, near death experiences, or some form of abuse as a child or adult.

PTSD is a name given to a range of symptoms that someone may experience. Often, when we experience a situation that is traumatic, we may at first feel quite numb, but later experience symptoms such as:

  • Nightmares or frightening thoughts
  • Re-living the traumatic event, often termed ‘flashbacks’
  • Avoidance of reminders of the event and of talking about it
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Hyper vigilance and alertness to possible danger
  • Problems with concentration and memory.

These are all symptoms of PTSD and are usually very distressing to us.

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.

It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.

Some people with autism can live relatively independent lives, but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include:

  • Inattentiveness – most people with ADHD will have a short attention span and may be easily distracted.
  • Hyperactivity – there is likely to be some restlessness, fidgeting or overactivity. This can also lead to difficulties in sleeping and increased anxiety.
  • Impulsiveness – people with ADHD may do things without thought for the consequences, without very much reflection and without having a plan.

Some adults will have ADHD without it being diagnosed at a younger age. Those who are diagnosed at a young age are likely to continue to experience problems, though the symptoms might reduce.

What therapies do you offer?

We offer a range of individual and group therapies in line with NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance. All of our therapists are highly trained, accredited, experienced and committed to continued professional development. Many therapists have training in more than one therapeutic modality, and are therefore in the best position to offer tailored, individualised therapy to meet your needs, drawing from the most up to date, evidence-based interventions.

Our therapies can be delivered face to face, in relaxing therapy rooms. However if you are unable to come to The Retreat for your appointments, whatever the reason, we can offer you an appointment via video link, using a secure platform called 3CX. 

How do I access the service?

All therapies are accessed via our Initial Therapies Assessment.

To refer yourself to our therapies services, or just to talk to us about whether we can help, please call us on 01904 412551 or email info@theretreatyork.org.uk.

Is the service confidential?

All our services are confidential, and our therapists and clinicians follow professional codes of conduct which include principles around confidentiality. This means we will not disclose information about you to a third party without your consent, unless we had significant concern for either your safety or the safety of someone else. We would make every attempt to discuss this with you if the situation arose.

Can I get involved in The Retreat?

We welcome representation from people who have finished their therapy or support within our services. There are a number of ways you can get involved, from joining us at information sharing events, helping us raise the profile of our services through the media, consulting or co-producing with us to help develop new services or recruit new staff. Please contact us for more information.

Get in Touch. Talk to us.

If you need to speak to us, we are here to help. Our team of qualified therapists are at your service in person, or via a video call.

Heslington Rd, York, YO10 5BN

Call Us: 01904 412 551

info@theretreatyork.org.uk