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Highly Specialist MBT Psychotherapist / Practitioner

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year pro rata per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Lambeth's MBT team is looking for a highly specialist MBT practitioner to take a therapy lead and coordination role. MBT has an extensive history in Lambeth and under the guidance of SLaM's MBT Trust lead the service is developing to provide fully adherent MBT, including outreach to other services. We need an energetic, organised experienced MBT Practitioner or registered MBT supervisor to take us to the next level. The team consists of three MBT therapists in training, and a part time psychiatrist.

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career aspirations. The trust provides a range of training opportunities and you will be working closely with the trust MBT lead. You will be part of a Trust-wide peer group of MBT team leads who meet monthly and will join the 6 weekly, Trust-wide MBT Special Interest Group made up of MBT practitioners from around the Trust.

You will be part of Lambeth's Secondary Care Psychological Therapies (SCPT) pathway and also working closely with our local CMHT, the Short Term and Focused Support Teams in our three localities. This will include training and liaison work. Within SCPT, you will be working with a wide range of psychological therapists at different stages in their career. You will receive clinical supervision from the Trust's MBT Lead and professional supervision from one of the two co-leads of Lambeth SCPT.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a highly specialised Mentalization Based Therapy(MBT)service toindividuals and groups of people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. Thisincludes specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in MBT.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional withinHCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACPguidelinesand codes ofconduct andguided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

As one of the few Trusts in Londonwe are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage.

We are currently still mainly working virtually, but team base will be at 151 Blackfriars Road in Southwark, with the expectation that staff would travel across Lambeth when needed. The base at 151 Blackfriars Road is well connected for bus, underground and train and close to London's Southbank.

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

Within the lead MBT Therapist role you will be focusing on the following:

Clinical and client care
  • To providehighly specialist psychotherapyassessments, formulations and interventions for clientsdiagnosed with personality disorderin theLambeth MBTteamat levels expected of a psychotherapist / Highly Specialised MBT Practitioner or Supervisorwho has achieved the equivalent of a PG Diploma-worth of post-qualification specialist development.
  • To provide culturally appropriate professionalinterventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To act ascare co-ordinator, when required,taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviewing care plansand meeting, as appropriate.

Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team orservice and to psychotherapeuticallyinformed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychotherapeuticcare of clients.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • Toutilisetheory, evidence-based literature and research to supportevidence-basedpracticeand/or currently understood best practice-based evidence,in individual work and work with other team members.

Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.

Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has enough resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

Management and supervision
  • Tobe responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work ofmore juniorpsychotherapistswith support from a more senior psychotherapist.
  • To supervisehonorary psychotherapistswithin own area of specialism / MBT Practitioners.
  • To contribute to the appraisal of more juniorpsychotherapists / MBT Practitioners, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the recruitment of more juniorpsychotherapists / MBT Practitioners, as appropriate.
  • To provide supervision for the psychotherapeuticwork of other multi-disciplinary staff as appropriate.

Teaching and Training
  • To undertake occasional teaching and training ofhonorary psychotherapists / MBT Practitionersand specialist training to other professions in theMBT teamas appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within theLambeth MBT team bymaintaining an active awareness of current developments inthe psychotherapiesandMBTand by implementing knowledge gained in practice.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

Research and development
  • To initiate, undertake, support and supervise regular complex service evaluation and audits.
  • To provide expertise in a specialist research area which will contribute tothe MBT team.

Maintaining professional standards andcontinuing professionaldevelopment
  • Amongst other things: To adhere to the HCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACP Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Hold a valid professional registration either as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Practitioner Psychologist. Registered with NMC, HCPC or Social Work England
  • Registered with the HCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACP as a Psychotherapist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACP
  • Formal post-qualification training in psychological approaches to personality disorder, including MBT Supervisor Level evidenced by a portfolio of supervised practice-based learning and assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised assessments and interventions for personality disorder
  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for Mentalization Based Therapy
  • Advanced knowledge of clinical assessment and psychometrics (e.g. experience of use of outcome measures
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in a service providing Mentalization Based Therapy
  • Experience of specialist psychotherapy assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in personality disorder services
  • Experience of supervising psychotherapists having completed the relevant training
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities
  • A personal therapy experience of enough intensity, depth and duration to be able to work psychotherapeutically with difficult and demanding cases
  • The Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do
Skills Essential
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPAs and case reviews.
  • Skilled in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.

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