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Senior Clinical Practitioner in Personality Disorder

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,448 to £47,965 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to work within a dynamic and forward thinking team, whilst developing skills across specialities, such as DBT, MBT?

The Waterview Centre may have just what you are looking for.

The Waterview Centre is a dedicated specialist personality disorder service, serving the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster and is the only such service of its kind in the Trust.We deliver both long term Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to individuals with high severity and complexity - often with multiple co-morbid conditions and history of high service use.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our small team and in return you will receive specialist training in psychological interventions to enhance your work and your career.

\The role is challenging but we look after each other and value our own and each other's wellbeing. This is the best team I've worked with in my career and I'm so proud to be here - Senior Nurse

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Waterview Centre team members are trained (training can be provided within post) in MBT and DBT models, and need the ability to apply a psychodynamic approach in maintaining therapeutic relationships and co-working within the team.

Whether you are an RMN, Social Worker, OT or Therapist, there will be space for you to practice your core profession and this will be actively encouraged by the team.

About us

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with an innovative team that actively encourages and supports career and clinical development. You will be offered;

- Opportunities to train in DBT/MBT approaches

- Opportunities to enrol on the extensive 1 year DBT/MBT Practitioners course

- Enhanced supervision to support you in your role, including 1:1 supervision, group supervision and MBT/DBT supervision

- Wellbeing support from our intimate and close-knit team which in addition to the above includes \Wellbeing Friday for all the staff!

- Career Mapping designed to ensure that you are developed and retained in your field

Job description

Job responsibilities

The service, which has a long history and is the only such service within the Trust, has undergone exciting developments in the past 24 months. We are proud of the work we do in collaboration with our service users and this is highlighted no more so than the success of our service user forum, where all changes and innovations are discussed with our service users.

The service also has a track record of involvement in clinical research and links with the Division of Psychiatry at Imperial College London, including recently hosting a feasibility study for Structured Psychological Support (SPS).

If you want to be part of our exciting team then get in touch!

For more information visit our dedicated website;

Interviews TBC

Person Specification



  • Relevant core professional qualification and registration (e.g. Nursing, Occupational therapy, Social work, Psychology, Psychotherapy).
  • Training / knowledge of therapies relevant to Personality Disorder, i.e. Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) and/Or Dialectical behaviour therapy and application to practice.
  • Student mentorship


  • Substantial postgraduate training and/or qualifications to diploma level relevant to personality disorder or models of practice.

Previous Experience


  • Post (core profession) qualification experience in mental health including managing a caseload under Care Plan Approach (CPA) and/or Lead Professional Care
  • Experience of working therapeutically with people with personality disorder
  • Experience of conducting psychologically informed assessment and compiling reports
  • Ability and experience in risk assessment and crisis management.
  • Experience of student and staff supervision.


  • Group work experience.
  • Experience of working in a dedicated personality disorder service

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Sound clinical skills in mental health practice, including CPA care co-ordination, group work, risk assessment and management, and crisis intervention.
  • To demonstrate to a high standard the ability to manage and understand the importance of therapeutic relationships and to hold the capacity to understand the psychological processes underlying their communications.
  • To be able to undertake psychological assessment of service users with personality disorder.
  • To be equipped to offer complex liaison, advice and guidance concerning referrals to the service.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision on a day-to-day basis
  • To demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical frameworks and evidence base on which the service is structured.
  • Capable of establishing and maintaining long term therapeutic relationships with patients and supporting other staff in maintaining therapeutic relationships & boundaries.
  • Capacity and willingness to use individual and team clinical supervision.
  • Capacity and willingness to participate in staff support meetings.
  • To be committed to continue to develop practice.
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach which considers the needs of the whole person
  • Demonstrate an ability to build constructive relationships with warmth and empathy (colleagues and service users).
  • To demonstrate and apply to practice & work relationships, a high degree of personal awareness
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn from experience.
  • The post holder must demonstrate an understanding of the Equal Opportunities Policy and its implementation


  • To be informed of clinical developments and research relevant to clinical setting.

Attitudes, Aptitudes, Personal Characteristics


  • To demonstrate the capacity to be robust, reflective and reliable.
  • Ability to tolerate positive and negative transferences from service users both individually and in groups.
  • Able to work with trauma, and contain the emotional impact of the work through clinical supervision and team support systems
  • To demonstrate the capacity to contain and manage own anxiety and frustration when working with service users.
  • Ability to work in a healthy and constructive way with a multi-disciplinary team and/or external departments.

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