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DBT Lead

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Do you have a passion for working with children and families struggling with mental health and emotional difficulties? Do you wish to be part of a growing supportive and innovative team that works across Kent and Medway? If so, an exciting opportunity for a Band 8A Senior Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Lead Practitioner role has arisen to join the comprehensive Children and Young People's Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) working across our inpatient general adolescent unit (KMAH) and our intensive home treatment team (IHT) in Kent and Medway.

KMAH is a 14 bedded general adolescent unit with 3 eating disorder pathway beds included. We are a multi skilled and professional MDT at KMAH who strive to support and achieve the best possible outcomes for those admitted to our care and prepare them for discharge back into the community. Our IHT team is made up of fully established and skilled MDT and we aim to prevent hospital admission to tier 4 services by offering intensive support in the community, as well as support early and safe discharge

Within the NELFT KMAH and IHT we have a strong focus on training and research and team members benefit from excellent training and CPD opportunities focused around developing exceptional NICE concordant skills in working with children and young people with diagnoseable mental difficulties. CYPMHS across Kent and Medway has strong links to CYP-IAPT training courses and leadership opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be a qualified fully registered HCPC/BABCP member with a passion for working in this area. This is part of an exciting expansion of Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CYPMHS) specialist services. The role will work as part of a small established DBT Team. The post holder will work very closely with other professionals within NELFT and external services.

The remit of the DBT Service is to offer young people a consistent evidence-based therapeutic approach, to reduce inpatient admissions and to support the quick transitions of those in an inpatient service back to the DBT and IHT Service. The service will be expected to liaise with all CYPMHS services to ensure clear transitions for young people entering or leaving the DBT Service and where appropriate supporting the transition to Adult Services.

The post holder will be the lead and part of the delivery of a highly specialist therapeutic service to young people and their families who require a DBT Service. There will be expectations of service development, supervision and clinical work with individuals and families. The post holder will be part of the clinical team and take on a leadership role whilst being accountable to the matron, Head of Service and Associate Director for inpatient/home treatment and crisis services. We have excellent links to London NELFT's established and award winning DBT service IMPART, headed by Dr Janet Feigenbaum for CPD and supervision opportunities.

About us

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Use of AI

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities include
  • Clinical Skills
  • Teaching Training and Supervision
  • Research and Evaluation
  • General and Professional
  • Leadership
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Computer/Administration
  • Communication

Please see JD for further detailed informationApplications accepted for developmental post to start in a band 7 and progress into an 8a , for those currently undergoing any current training

If you are an overseas qualified nurse and wanting to start your journey to becoming a UK based registered nurse with the NMC, you can check whether you are eligible to be supported through our Capital Nurse consortium. Please visit Whilst NELFT is happy to welcome overseas nurses we are unable to consider your application directly. You should submit your interest and apply through the Capital Nurse London group.

Although we are a registered sponsor organisation, we are unable to offer sponsorship for some job roles, and this will be identified through filtering questions at the start of any job application on the Trac recruitment system.

Person Specification



  • QualificationsEssential Desirable Measurement o A qualification in one of the following core professions with appropriate associated professional registrations: o Nursing o Social work o Occupational therapy o Clinical psychology o Counselling psychology o Systemic Psychotherapist o Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist o Evidence of continuing professional development. o Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees. Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach. Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality. Intensive DBT training.Application Form Interview Assessment State measurement i.e. Application Form Interview Assessment For relevant professions, registered with the Health Care Professions Council under domain specific



  • o Consolidated experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and in-patient settings. o Consolidated experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting 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. o Demonstrate further specialist training and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months. o Experience in the treatment of young people with complex trauma and disordered eating. o Delivery of DBT in a clinical setting o Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision o Experience of service development or of a leadership role. o Work with young people that have experienced trauma State measurement i.e. Application Form Interview Assessment



  • o Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management. o Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing appropriate to a variety of audiences. o Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. o Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, children with complex problems etc). o Understanding of work with young people with disordered eating.



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills Effective Leadership Skill Accountable for own professional actions, works within professional ethics and trust policies, lead specialist services Ability to form effective working relationships with multidisciplinary team Ability to motivate staff to develop practices and meet new challenges Excellent communication skills, verbal and non-verbal Ability to write detailed reports on present and future services using research methods as appropriate Ability to present and disseminate information both at a senior and field level Ability to develop and use a computerised database and manipulate activity based information, systems and reports Analytic skills (situations and information)

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Kent and Medway Adolescent Hospital

Cranbrook Road


TN12 0ER

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