Psychological Therapist, Nurse or DBT Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum pro rata inc. Outer HCAS
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an innovative, motivated and enthusiastic psychological therapist, nurse or DBT therapist to join our well established DBT hub, which operates across CNWL CAMHS services (Harrow, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, Hillingdon and Westminster). You will be working with young people in the boroughs of Hillingdon who have complex needs associated with complex trauma. The young people you will be working with struggle with emotional regulation, engage in risk-taking behaviours, recurrent self-harming and suicidal behaviours.

We are expanding the provision of DBT across the board for CNWL CAMHS. This role will be trained in DBT in order to provide 2.5 days a week each in Hillingdon as well as act as a core member of the Enhanced Treatment Team.

The successful candidate will be working as part of a virtual DBT team, which is expanding due to funding from the Provider Collaborative (CNWL/WLMHT). Time in DBT is guaranteed.

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Main duties of the job

This post that will provide the opportunity in delivering psychological services to improve short and long-term outcomes for service users experiencing problems associated with personality disorder and other complex mental health problems. The post holder will be expected to provide specialist psychological assessment and effective evidence-based interventions (including formulation and care planning where appropriate) and advice, consultation and training on aspects of psychological care to colleagues from other disciplines as well as advice, family interventions and consultation to non-professional carers. This is a developing area of service provision and the post holder will have an opportunity to be involved in shaping and developing the service.

About us

The post holder will be part of a supportive team, with good supervision structures and access to opportunities within the borough and wider trust for development of special interests and the sharing of specialist knowledge.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a real commitment and compassion for working with this client group and across a diverse population. Excellent psychological assessment and intervention skills are required, especially in the delivery of NICE recommended interventions. Experience in delivering evidence-based treatments for people with personality disorder is essential, and the successful applicant will also ideally have experience of working within specialist CAMHS services.

The post holder will have a strong commitment to recovery principles, multi-disciplinary working, service user involvement, and working with people who are reticent about engaging with mental health services. Strong team skills and the ability to work through consultancy with other staff members will be essential.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To conduct psychologically informed assessments, specifically in relation to Complex Trauma, Complex Mood or Personality Disorder, of service-users referred to the Enhanced Treatment Team within Hillingdon CAMHS including appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.

To formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes across a range of complex problems with which service users present.

To engage in clinical work that will involve working with individuals in intimate and emotionally intense individual and group sessions, where behaviour and communication might be unpredictable and challenging

To provide evidence-based individual and group evidence-based interventions, preferably DBT.

To facilitate short term psycho-education groups based on evidence based practice

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for all service-users in attendance within the service, including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.

To be able to provide crisis intervention to clients as and when indicated.

To take a lead role in identifying safeguarding issues and be competent in demonstrating an understanding of safeguarding legislation & its implementation.

To use highly developed communication skills and therapy-specific (e.g. DBT) competencies in working with people to understand their personal and often very sensitive difficulties and develop carefully tailored interventions.

To be aware of and to embed principles of the trauma-informed approach within the pathway.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of service users in line with the service.

To act as a lead professional where appropriate taking responsibility for initiation, planning and reviewing care plans and risk assessments involving service users, carers and other professionals and agencies.

To adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of service users contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical Psychology, a degree level qualification in mental health nursing, Social Work, or Occupational Therapy
  • Further training relevant to the care of clients with Personality Disorder
  • Relevant professional registration with HCPC or, with other UK recognised professional body such as Social Work England or Royal College of Nursing


  • Specialist training in CBT, DBT or MBT for personality disorders



  • Experience of specialist psychological and social assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including inpatient, outpatient and child and adolescent mental health settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of parents and young people presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Extensive experience in the NHS
  • Experience of working therapeutically with people with Personality Disorder or challenging behaviour
  • Experience of using CBT/DBT/MBT interventions with people with Personality disorder
  • Experience of conducting psychologically informed assessments, group work, risk assessment and crisis intervention
  • Experience of managing co-existing issues (depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, eating disorders, psychosis)
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Active participation in service planning and delivery


  • Experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems in the community, including personality disorders and psychosis.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of psychologically informed interventions in different cultural contexts.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychosocial assessment and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Extensive knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the area of mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Experience of supervision of other mental health staff or psychological therapists


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.



  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Minet Clinic, Hillingdon CAMHS and Monks Park Health Centre, Brent CAMHS,



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