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Clinical Practitioner in Personality Disorder

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Hillingdon Community. We are committed to providing high-quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in North West London. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' however we aim to be 'outstanding'.

The clinicians will support defined cases of service users living in the community and offer a range of specific therapy groups including Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) in a Complex Needs service operating within a psychologically informed framework.

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.

Main duties of the job

This post holder will be a member of a Hillingdon Community Mental Health hub Complex Emotional Needs (CEN) service, and work sensitively to engage hard-to-engage service users who may be traumatized and exhibit emotional dysregulation and self-harm.

We offer a range of appropriate evidence-based, health interventions for clients with more complex and severe, enduring mental illnesses (SMI) providing interventions and working within the DIALOG+ framework.

To conduct a range of specific therapy groups including Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) in our Complex Needs service

To work individually with high-risk patients, offering a period of stabilisation and support, who may struggle to engage and who may not be ready for more formal psychological interventions.

To liaise effectively with colleagues from Community Mental Health Hubs (CMHH) and HTT, offering advice on potential referrals, conducting joint assessments (where appropriate), and contributing to discussions on recommendations for future treatment and management.

To provide, if required, clinical supervision and appraisal for those less experienced members of the multi-disciplinary team and undertake the supervision of students and junior staff.

About us

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust is committed to workforce development and is keen to enable the successful applicant to innovate and evolve with the service. In Hillingdon Community Mental Health Hubs (CMHH) we work with adults covering the Hillingdon borough and we are based at Mill House within walking distance from the Uxbridge Town Centre.

We are a service user-led and work with adults with mental and physical health issues who require support from a multidisciplinary approach. We have recently transformed to the new Hub model and therefore it is an exciting opportunity to join the team when services are changing to be more responsive to the service users within the Hillingdon borough.

We are a multidisciplinary service, comprising of mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, employment specialists, and peer support workers. The team is supported by a good administrative system and offers an excellent work environment. The team has good links with local statutory and non-statutory services.
  • We offer Regular individual supervision
  • We work within a dynamic team with visibility of the Senior Management Team
  • Opportunities for flexible working and some remote working
  • Great Opportunities available for carer development

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work sensitively to engage hard to engage service users who may be traumatized and exhibit emotional dysregulation and self-harm.

To work carefully to reduce self-harm and other crises.

To work carefully to enable such service users to engage with group treatments offered within the CEN pathway

To Co-facilitate a range of therapy groups including psychoeducation groups, Managing emotions Groups, Safety and Stabilisation Groups, Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT), and Dialectical Based Treatment (DBT).

To use psycho-educational and self-help materials for people with complex personality difficulties across the CEN pathway from the time of first referral and presentation to the CMHH.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification (i.e. BSc/ MSc) and professional registration with a professional body (Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Registered Nursing, Psychologist, and Counselling
  • Evidence of post basis education


  • Psychological training (DBT/ MBT/ CBT)



  • Ability to participate in the work of the CEN and contribute to the work of the team
  • To demonstrate a knowledge of a range of therapeutic assessments and interventions available to reduce distress for individuals experiencing complex emotional needs.
  • Ability to teach and supervise qualified and unqualified staff
  • To demonstrate their understanding of legislation
  • Ability to assess and support individuals experiencing complex emotional needs.
  • Ability to determine priorities against conflicting demands
  • Ability to reflect on practice and interpersonal relationships
  • Verbal, and non-verbal communication skills and telephone skills.
  • Skills in a range of therapeutic interventions
  • Skills in psycho-social treatment options
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership
  • Negotiating skills



  • Evidence of post-registration experience
  • Evidence of clinical experience with Complex emotional needs and community service users.


  • Evidence of supervising the work of others



  • Mental Health and Legislation
  • Needs of the client group and their carers
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical governance
  • The principles of whole team approach
  • Understanding of CMHT practices


  • Standard Setting and Audit
  • Evidence-based service development



  • Potential to embrace new concepts
  • Courteous and respectful of the client group
  • Assertive independent, flexible, and self-aware
  • Diplomatic in multi-disciplinary and interagency working
  • Passion for the delivery of quality services
  • Computer, word processing skills, (IT)

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Mill House

38 Riverside Way



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