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Lead Practitioner, Emotion Regulation Pathway (Adult Care Community)

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking for compassionate and highly motivated mental health nurses, occupational therapists and social workers, who wish to develop their psychotherapeutic and case management skills.

This particular post is based in the Killamarsh CMHT, and you will also be a part of our trust-wide Emotion Regulation Pathway team.We are a psychologically informed and multi-disciplinary service for people with 'personality difficulties', and particularly problems managing themselves in the context of relationships with other people.

Drawing on the best available evidence for effective treatments, we have created a clear, structured pathway within each CMHT, comprising referral, assessment, socialisation, treatment and discharge phases.

You will be provided with high quality training in SCM, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and related psychologically informed approaches, and also regular supervision to build your own skills and effectiveness and support your wellbeing.

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will work with a small case load utilising the SCM model to enhance problem solving and crisis planning and develop skills in managing emotions, improving relationships and reducing impulsive behaviour.

SCM is an evidence-based approach incorporating both individual and group work that enables generalist mental health practitioners to work effectively with people meeting criteria for diagnosis with borderline personality disorder.

SCM has been adopted by many NHS Trusts and is supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Clinical work will involve: building effective therapeutic relationships with a focus on curiosity and validation structured assessment leading to a shared formulation of the maintenance of problems and identification of the person's own goals co-produced safety plans which actively involve service-users in managing their risks weekly problem-solving, focussed individual sessions and group sessions focussing on developing understanding through shared experiences and skills building.

You will develop expertise in this area and provide a consultative and supportive role to colleagues within the wider CMHT in working compassionately and effectively with our client group.

About us

You will be joining a passionate and motivated, multi-disciplinary Emotion Regulation Pathway team of mental health nurses, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists and soon to be social workers.

We are committed to developing our own awareness and skills, supporting each other, and reflecting on our work in order to continue to develop and provide high quality, effective and accessible services.

You will also join the wider 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'. You will also be supported by relevant professional leads.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

You will be offered Structured Clinical Management Training, as well as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy training.

You will also be supported by regular learning sessions on relevant topics. Recent sessions include understanding trauma and dissociation, general therapy skills and validation, structured assessment and discussing diagnosis, enhancing motivation and stages of change, chain and solution analysis, problem-solving approaches and mindfulness.

Support and management supervision will be provided by CMHT managers, and in addition practitioners attend regular 1:1 and group clinical supervision offered within the Emotion Regulation Pathway to support their continued development.

Our model of a small team of practitioners working within CMHTs is designed to promote safety and confidence in our staff, support their wellbeing and prevent burnout.

Thus, this opportunity will appeal to those who are eager to develop their own therapeutic and case management skills using innovative evidence based approaches, and are passionate about improving outcomes for people with emotion regulation and interpersonal relationship problems.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate experience of and commitment to working effectively with people with difficulties in the area of personality disorder.

Successful applicants will have high levels of self-awareness, the ability to reflect on their own clinical practice, and the ability to work collaboratively with service users and other service providers facilitating seamless pathways of care.

Please note: applicants must hold a mental health nursing or occupational therapy qualification

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker



  • High level of self awareness and ability to reflect on own clinical practice
  • Ability to build effective working relationships internally and externally to the organisation



  • Experience of working effectively with people experiencing a personality disorder
  • Extensive clinical experience including individual and group work


  • Post-graduate training relevant to personality disorder

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


killamarsh Clinic

Parkside Shopping Centre


S21 1FY

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