Full time Dialectical Behaviour Therapist (DBT) band 5/6 or 6 (Based in North West Hertfordhsire - St Albans/Hemel)
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. 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.
Could suit a band 5 newly qualified Social Worker completing ASYEtraining, developing to band 6; or band 6, depending on qualifications andexperience.Locations areNW Quadrant (St Albans/Hemel Hempstead)
Main duties of the job
- Provide psychological assessment and intervention to service users with complex mental health needs and with the diagnosis of personality disorder
- Provide evidence- based assessment and psychological intervention for individuals and groups
The post-holder will work closely with psychological therapies staff and other non-psychological therapy colleagues.
This is 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. 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 would suit someone with a core mental health qualification and registration (including nursing, social work, occupational therapy, or other appropriately registered therapists) 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 will consider offering this post to individuals able to commit to completing DBT training - which will be provided.
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
To provide clinical assessment and psychological intervention to service users with Personality Disorders, at a variety of venues across the SBU.
To act as a resource on positive risk taking and management of people with personality disorder for staff within the community hubs
- To provide psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care
- To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problem
- To be responsible for implementing psychological interventions from within your area of specialty for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across team
- To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models for individuals, families or groups as appropriate
- To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plan
- To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan
- To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management
- To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care
Person Specification KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE Essential
- Qualification and continuing registration* in oneone of the core mental haelt professipons (e.g. psychistric nursing, social work, occupational therapy one of the core mental health professions (e.g. psychiatric nursing, social work, occupation Occupational therapy).
- Continuing registration with body overseeing practice of core mental health profession (e.g. NMC, HCPC).
- Completion of DBT Training or willingness and aptitude to train
Areas of Experience and Knowledge Essential
- Experience of assessment and treatment of clients across a full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, adult mental health and in patient settings
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, including adults with personality disorders. Experience across the whole life span 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
- Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental well-being
- Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
- Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
- Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
- Awareness of current NHS initiatives and Developments
- Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with mental health problems
- Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
- Experience of working in a community mental health setting
- Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
COMMUNICATION SKILLS Essential
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
- Ability to work and communicate therapeutically with clients and their families consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating
- Ability to work and communicate as a responsible participating member of a multidisciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members' contributions and to encourage participation of all involved
- Ability to keep accurate and complete records of activities and communications consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
- Ability to alert line manager / team when direction, policies and strategies are adversely affecting users of services or the public
- Ability to time manage effectively and to work under pressure and to prioritise a clinical workload
ANALYTICAL SKILLS Essential
- Positive problem solving approach
- Ability to critically evaluate and review developments made by others to determine if and how they could be applied within own area of work
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