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Recruit to Train Senior Practitioner Personality Disorder Hub

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £45,839 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to work for an Outstanding NHS Trust, and join an innovative and supportive service that is highly committed to decreasing stigma associated with personality difficulties, promoting optimism about recovery, and increasing access to evidence-based interventions? An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Northamptonshire Personality Disorder hub in a development role that includes enrolment in a two -year, Post Graduate Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The post holder will develop their capabilities within role and specialise in delivering DBT.

This is a 2-year fixed term training role within the Northants Personality Disorder Hub; leading to a permanent Band 7 Senior Practitioner post at the end of this period if the postgraduate diploma programme is completed successfully. This intensive training post will equip the post-holder to provide a DBT service to clients; working in the service for 4 days of the week using the newly developed skills whilst attending the training programme for the other day.

This post is part of an initiative to work towards a psychological workforce that reflects, and is able to work with, the diversity of local communities and we very much welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds who are under-represented in service delivery. We want to ensure that we are offering a service that celebrates difference and diversity, and which is culturally sensitive.

Main duties of the job

As a senior practitioner you'll be expected to:
  • Contribute to the service's community DBT programme
  • Develop formulation-driven care plans with service users and colleagues via consultation and direct assessment
  • Support others to increase their understanding and effective practise
  • Provide DBT-informed staff training and work collaboratively with experts by experience to co-develop and deliver training.

Contribute to a range of service development projects

The post holder will need to have:
  • Demonstrable experience of working with people with complex needs and be passionate about reducing exclusion and stigma for this client group
  • A core mental health profession and demonstrate an ongoing interest in developing competencies in working with people with 'personality disorder'
  • Self-awareness and an ability to reflect on their own emotions and be open to feedback
  • Good communication and team working skills in order to collaborate with a variety of groups and stakeholders

You will need to be able to attend all training required (including intensive teaching blocks that may require travel and overnight stays to attend). You will need to complete all academic components of the course and integrate training into practice. Travelling to/from different sites across the county is required.

About us

The Northants Personality Disorder Hub is a countywide specialist service that works to enhance understanding of personality disorder and promote the delivery of effective interventions across community and inpatient services in Northamptonshire. The team comprises of staff from a range of professional backgrounds (including nursing, occupational therapy and clinical psychology).

The service provides a DBT programme at two locations across the county, and leads on the delivery of Structured Clinical Management (SCM) across general secondary mental health services. Alongside this, the service also frequently delivers training to community and inpatient teams and benefits from an established group of experts by experience who are passionate about promoting hope, improving services and co-developing and delivering staff training.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced mental health practitioner with a passion for working with people with personality difficulties to join our specialist multi-disciplinary team. The post is based in Northampton and involves travel to other locations across the county. As a contributor to DBT and SCM national training programmes, the service is at the forefront of transforming services and providing high quality care. There are also a range of CPD opportunities within the service and wider network, and clinical supervision is viewed as integral to maintaining staff wellbeing and effectiveness.

Job description Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification Knowledge and Experience Essential
  • Recognised qualification in one of the core mental health professions e.g. psychiatric nursing, clinical psychology, social work and occupational therapy or other relevant experience and demonstrable competence to work in the mental health field in the N.H.S (e.g. by maintaining registration with the HCPC and/or your recognised professional body).
  • Significant experience of working in a mental health profession (or equivalent), and in a therapeutic role with people with significant personality difficulties
  • Demonstrate evidence of substantial post qualification training and interest in psychosocial approaches and working with people with personality disorders and complex emotional needs
  • Autonomously organising and managing a complex caseload of patients who are suffering from severe difficulties and who require highly specialist therapies/intervention
  • Knowledge and practice of specialised therapies specific to treating complex presentations pertaining to personality difficulties
  • Awareness and appreciation of equality and diversity issues
  • For professionals whose core training isn't in delivering psychological therapy, significant post-qualification training in a psychological approach
  • Prior experience of working within a DBT or SCM programme
  • Experience of facilitating group interventions
Skills Essential
  • Communicating clearly, effectively and sensitively with patients, particularly when presenting highly complex and contentious issues in a high-risk situation
  • To demonstrate clear strategies of maintaining psychological well-being when working with intense emotions and distressing material
  • Has the capacity to use reflective practice and supervision as an aid to understanding and development
  • IT and keyboard skills

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