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Psychological Therapist (Personality Disorders)

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT) band 6- North HertfordshireDelivering great care, achieving great outcomes - together

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a successful provider of mental health and learning disability services delivering services, rated Outstanding by CQC. We are a Values Based organisation and our aim is to ensure that we deliver an experience that is consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional, because these are the Values that our service users, Carers and staff told us meant the most to them.

We are excited to announce that a major new investment will support us to extend our services for people diagnosed with a Personality disorder. This allows us to expand our established Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Programme and to develop additional Structured Clinical Management in our Community Teams across Hertfordshire.

We now have a vacancy for two band 6 DBT therapists to join our established DBT programmes in Hertfordshire. One post will be based in Stevenage and the other in Hitchin and both postholders will work with individuals accessing services across North Hertfordshire.

This offers an exciting opportunity to join an established group of therapists to offer a quadrant-wide therapy service within the community mental health team who provide a local DBT service, as well as joining the wider network of therapists across the trust.

Main duties of the job

The service works to meet the needs of service users who are experiencing significant difficulties with emotional instability and is based within the local multi-disciplinary community teams. We pride ourselves on the quality of the service that we offer and place importance on supporting all our therapists to provide great care, with an emphasis placed on maintaining and developing therapist skills and regular supervision.

This post would suit someone with a core mental health qualification and registration (including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, or other appropriately registered therapists - see person spec for details) and with an interest of working collaboratively with service users (and their families) to develop their skills to improve their ability to tolerate and manage strong emotion. Also it would suit someone who loves working as part of a therapy team and alongside multidisciplinary colleagues, supporting their practice . We are looking for someone who has experience of working with this service user group in community settings. Ideally they will have experience, or training in DBT or SCM, however we are happy to consider to individuals able to commit to completing these trainings - which will be provided. The post will be based as described, but the ability to work flexibly as the needs of the service demands will be essential. The post holder would expect some travel within their working week.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

For full details of the role and responsibilities for this vacancy please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Qualification and continuing registration* in one of the core mental health professions
  • *Continuing registration with body overseeing practice of core mental health profession (e.g. NMC, HCPC
  • Additional training in approaches to PD (e.g. DBT or SCM)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of assessment and treatment of clients across a full range of care settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups including adults with personality disorders
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments
  • Experience of MDT working
Diversity Essential
  • Ability to apply psychological practice in different cultural contexts
Physical Skills Essential
  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 2010)

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