Medical psychotherapists are trained psychiatrists (doctors who treat mental health problems) who have specialised in psychotherapy (psychological or talking treatments). This can include different therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and systemic (group or family) therapy.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. You’ll then complete two years of foundation training and three years of core training (CT1-3), followed by three years of specialty training (ST4-6). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
Expected working hours and salary rangeDoctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings, on call possible. Pay scales (2017): NHS consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
Desirable skills and valuesFor this role you’ll need to be able to work well under pressure and take initiative in highly pressurised and emotive situations. You’ll also have emotional resilience, empathy and compassion, and will work well in a team. You’ll enjoy problem solving and decision making and have excellent communication and leadership skills. A strong interest in different therapies and psychoanalytic theory and practice is necessary.
ProspectsThere are 50 consultants in medical psychotherapy in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
Compare roles in health
Not sure where to start with the hundreds of NHS careers? Use our compare roles section to get bite-size information on the entry requirements and training, pay and conditions, prospects and skills needed of up to three roles. If there is something that you think you could do, then get more in-depth information on the role.
Don't forget, you can also save your role comparisons by registering with us.