Mental Health Practitioner - Enfield Personality Disorder Team

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Mental Health Nurse, Psychological Therapist, Allied Health Professional or Social Worker to join our team. We are looking for candidates who are highly skilled with relevant experience of working with people with complex emotional needs and emotional difficulties to work in the Personality Disorder Stream in Enfield.

The Personality Disorder Stream has been developed from the model at the Halliwick Personality Disorder Service, the birthplace of Mentalisation-based treatment (MBT) which was developed and manualised by Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman. In addition to MBT we also offer Comprehensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Structured Clinical Management and are currently expanding our Family and Carers Programme. We also offer a small provision for people with Personality Disorder who require care coordination.

There is an emphasis on team based multi-disciplinary decision making in the treatment planning which lends itself to creating a supportive environment for staff. There is a good record of effectively supporting people with complex emotional needs towards a sense of satisfaction and achievement.

We aim to promote excellence and innovation in the provision of care to patients. There is a culture of continuous learning and development opportunities and we regularly offer consultation and training to wider services.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will undertake skilled assessment of emotional and psychological needs, working with the patient and using other appropriate sources of knowledge about the patient. The applicant will also offer individual psychotherapy in at least one of the offered modalities to a caseload of patients within the Personality Disorder Stream who may be part of the MBT programme, DBT Programme or Structured Clinical Management model. This will include formulating and implementing treatment plans with support of the MDT. As an allocated professional you will signpost and liaise with Social Care and other colleagues to support the service user to have their needs holistically met.

Supervision is central to the work we do. You will receive both Group and Individual supervision. You will also be supported to supervise junior staff.

About us

At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Mental Health Trust, our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

The Trust's values are:
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Being Positive
  • Working together

By coming to work at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust you will be joining a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million.

As part of the national transformation programme within the NHS, BEH Community Mental Health services are in the process of transforming. We do not foresee this process greatly affecting the posts in the Personality Disorder Stream.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification by clicking on the JD/PS attachment in the advert.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Core health professional qualification (nursing, social work, art therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, psychotherapy) live registration with a professional body ( NMC, HCPC, BACP,UKCP)
  • Basic Training in Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT)
  • Basic training in DBT
  • Substantial post graduate training or qualification to at least diploma level relevant to the clinical field and model of practice (for example personality disorder or some form of psychological therapy)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of facilitating groups e.g. psycho-education; health promotion; emotional regulation
  • Working with patients with severe and complex mental health problems
  • Able to implement and evaluate risk management plans
  • A minimum of 18 months post-registration experience including experience in Adult Mental Health
  • Significant experience of working in an acute mental health/psychotherapeutic setting, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of managing a caseload of patients with complex difficulties
  • Experience of working with complex mental health presentations including Personality Difficulties
  • Experience of working with psychological therapists and an interest in psychological approaches
  • Previous experience at Band 6 level
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • To be able to assess risk for a wide range of patients with mental health problems and specifically for patients with personality disorder
  • To have the capacity to work calmly and thoughtfully when addressing traumatic psychological issues, demonstrating an awareness of the sensitivity and unpredictability of Personality Disorder patients, and a capacity to tolerate the strong emotions evoked by such work
  • Ability to manage own stress and work in a stressful and unpredictable environment
  • To have the capacity to work calmly and thoughtfully when addressing traumatic psychological issues, demonstrating an awareness of the sensitivity and unpredictability of Personality Disorder patients, and a capacity to tolerate the strong emotions evoked by such work
  • Able to develop a comprehensive programme of intervention and support for the identified patient group and their families
  • Knowledge of the frameworks and legislation within which to work with people with No Recourse to Public Funds
  • Knowledge and skills in Counselling/Psychotherapy
Other Essential
  • Demonstrate professional independence
  • Work in a flexible manner and adapt to changing environments
  • Willingness to work as a proactive member of the MDT and to travel to and from various locations
  • The post-holder must have the ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job and be committed to anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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