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PD Senior Practitioner/Acute Liaison

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum including Outer London Allowance
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The post-holder will primarily offer liaison to the Acute Wards in Enfield relating directly to the service users with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder who are being considered for admission or already an inpatient . This will include attending ward rounds and team meetings to offer trauma-informed consultation and clinical advice to Acute teams as well as delivering training and supervision.

The role aims to use experience and clinical knowledge to increase the capacity of the teams delivering care to meet the needs of this service user group as well as enhance the experience of the service users in the least restrictive environment possible. Therefore, understanding risk and a confidence in discharge planning is an essential skill for the post holder. The post holder will undertake urgent assessments on behalf of the Personality Disorder Pathway, supervising team members from the ward and the Community Teams to take up the outcomes and recommendations of these.

The post holder will lead on ensuring that service delivery focuses on the quality agenda and that dignity, privacy and respect is afforded at all times to service users. They will also support the development, implementation and embedding of trauma informed practice on the Acute wards.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide skilled trauma-informed assessments of patients' emotional and psychological needs based upon the understanding, interpretation and integration of complex data given by the patient and obtained from other sources
  • To evaluate and make decisions about trauma-informed treatment plans in conjunction with the MDT
  • To formulate and implement plans for the management of the patient's mental health problems, informed by the Structured Clinical Management model, Mentalisation-Based Treatment model, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or another appropriate psychological model.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning assessment, formulation and treatment plans for patients and to monitor progress together with the MDT
  • To demonstrate, through case supervision and clinical meetings, the explicit implementation of a Structured Clinical Management model, Mentalisation Based Treatment or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy informed approach to all clinical work and reflective practice groups.
  • To undertake frequent risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide advice to other professions on aspects of risk assessment and risk management, including both the immediate physical risk to the safety of clients, as well as the psychological aspects
  • To provide advice, consultation, training and skills development to acute ward colleagues and community colleagues

About us

Working for North London Mental Health Partnership

The partnership between Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I) is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming the North London Mental Health Partnership.

Why choose to join the Partnership?
  • We believe that by working together, our two Trusts can achieve more for the residents of North Central London and our patients than we can by working apart.
  • Deliver the best care using the most up-to-date practise in supporting those with mental health illnesses.
  • Transforming and creating a positive environment for our service users, staff and visitors.
  • Creating and working together to become a great place to work for all our staff.
  • We offer flexible working, a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives, NHS Pension and so much more.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • NHS Discounts in a large variety of retail stores and services.
  • We have excellent internal staff network support groups.

The postholder will need to be comfortable working in an environment of complex matrix management arrangements and will at all times behave and align with our Trusts' values and cultural pillars:
  • We are kind
  • We are respectful
  • We work together
  • We keep things simple
  • We empower
  • We are proudly diverse

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification document for more thorough information about the post.

Person Specification



  • oCore health professional qualification (Nursing, Social work, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Psychotherapist, CBT Therapist)
  • oRegistration with the appropriate professional body (NMC, Social Work England, HCPC, UKCP, BACP, BABCP etc).
  • oBasic Training Certificate in Structured Clinical Management, Mentalisation-Based Therapy (MBT) or in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)


  • oWorking towards Accredited Practitioner Status in SCM, MBT or DBT



  • oWorking with patients with severe and complex mental health problems
  • oDemonstrable substantial experience of working directly with patients with Personality Disorder, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • oDemonstrable experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment
  • oExperience of the psychological assessment of Personality Disorder, including risk assessment


  • Experience of delivering training to different disciplines and professions.
  • oExperience of the supervision process and ability to offer effective supervision to staff at different levels.
  • oExperience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts
  • oExperience of delivering psychological care and treatment according to a multidisciplinary care plan and under supervision



  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional group
  • oTraining and advanced skills in a specialised approach such as psycho-social interventions, dual diagnosis, personality disorder.
  • oKnowledge of the process necessary for effective risk assessment and management
  • oTo be able to assess the mental state and risk for a wide range of patients with mental health problems and specifically for patients with personality disorder
  • oKnowledge of and ability to work as part of a multi-professional team as a senior clinician and role model.
  • oAbility to work effectively in crisis situations in order to maintain the safety of both staff and client.


  • o Ability to set, monitor and evaluate standards for quality within the service.
  • oAbility to teach staff and provide advice and support to other agencies/professionals
  • oExperience of effective communication with other key stakeholders at a variety of levels.
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration



  • oAbility to work independently, reliably, and consistently with work agreed and managed at regular intervals.
  • oAbility to maintain professional boundaries and form positive therapeutic relationship with service users and carers
  • oAbility to manage stress and work under pressure
  • oAbility to demonstrate BEH Trust Values



  • oIT skills including email, word processing and basic data base.
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • oOrganised and good time management skills


  • oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Chase Farm Hospital

127 The Ridgeway



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