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Consultant Clinical Lead

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year pro rata
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a consultant adult psychotherapist or practitioner psychologist or psychological therapist to join our Tier 3 service as our Clinical Lead in Brighton & Hove for 4-days a week. The Lighthouse service has been operational for nearly 10-years and you will play a pivotal role in leading ongoing service and pathway transformation across the city. The service is in the process of implementing a new co-produced therapy pathway that has been informed by a therapeutic community framework, called Therapy Plus. You will be responsible for the smooth running of the programme, including audit & quality improvement, as we further develop this new initiative. The role will give you the chance to lead a team, working alongside experts by training and experts by experience. You will also be part of the overarching transformation leadership team for B&H pathways

The Lighthouse service forms one part of the Brighton and Hove Complex Emotional Relational Needs (CERN) pathway. The service is run jointly by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Southdown and MIND. The Lighthouse offers a 7-day service with the clinical NHS team operating Monday- Friday.

Transforming services in Brighton & Hove:

As part of our transformation of clinical pathways for people presenting with complexity, we have developed a Complex Emotional & Relational Needs (CERN) team in B&H. We aim to grow our pathways across all the tiers of mental healthcare, from primary care to secondary care and specialist services. The tier 1 (primary care) focus for CERN will be for us to work closely with the PCNs & emotional wellbeing networks, by providing consultation & assessment into primary care systems; developing a Service User Network (SUN) across B&H city; and supporting the training and development of existing pathways in B&H in tier 2 (Assessment and Treatment Services - ATS) and tier 3 services (Lighthouse).

What does Complex Emotional & Relational Needs mean?

Our team works with people with Complex Emotional and Relational Needs, including those with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. Central to the needs of our service user group is managing relationships with themselves and those around them (their attachment systems). We know that most people do not fit into a neat diagnostic framework and acknowledge significant overlaps in presenting issues including histories of trauma and/or neurodiversity.

Main duties of the job

You will lead the Lighthouse team in the provision of a high quality, specialist, psychotherapeutically orientated service to members of Lighthouse with highly complex presentations including histories of trauma. You will support local services who work with this client group through consultation, supervision, formulation and training. As part of your supervisory role, you will oversee the clinical placements and supervision for trainee doctoral clinical and counselling psychologists, adult psychotherapists and psychiatrists in training. The successful applicant will be responsible for the systematic provision of specialist psychological assessments and interventions for our members including Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT). You will need to be an accredited MBT practitioner and ideally an accredited MBT supervisor or working towards supervisor status. We are ideally looking for someone with training and experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy or group analytic psychotherapy.

As the clinical lead for Lighthouse, you will focus on the safe and effective delivery of an intensive treatment programme, but you will also work with other senior leads across the pathways of care to further the development of quality interventions and improved recovery outcomes for those who use our services. Our priorities include pathways for young people, men and dual diagnosis, as well as integrated partnership working.

We are seeking someone with extensive experience and skills in working with people with personality disorder and complexity. This includes the supervision and training of teams who work with this client group. You will need a robust understanding of group work processes and be able to support psychotherapeutic practice in the Tier 3 Lighthouse team through staff reflective groups. You will have excellent communication and leadership skills, ensuring high quality clinical governance and supporting the team to thrive.

The post holder will contribute to the Personality Disorders Pathway (Complex Emotional & Relational Needs) and will be a member of the Trust-wide Complex Emotional Difficulty Clinical Academic Group (CAG) to ensure excellent evidence base and governance of interventions for people with personality disorder within Brighton and Hove.

We are a service that is transforming the pathway of care for this group of people, across the whole of the Brighton & Hove system. Although you will focus on treatments relating to the Tier 3 intensive day programme, you will also need to understand the whole pathway of care, both statutory and non-statutory. It would therefore be desirable if you have experience, training or a good working knowledge of SUN and PICT as well as MBT, SCM, STEPPS & DBT.

You will be expected to take a lead in the monitoring and evaluation of the service, and able to represent Lighthouse at clinical commissioning meetings. We would want you to be confident in research skills and able to support research, audit and quality improvement within the service, to really embed learning, growth, quality improvement as part of the Lighthouse culture. You will link in with other personality disorder services both locally & nationally, to share and expand the evidence base in this area.

About us

The Lighthouse is a specialist personality disorder service which offers an intensive day service for individuals experiencing complex emotional relational difficulties. It is part of the Brighton and Hove Complex Emotional Relational Needs (CERN) pathway.

The service is run jointly by Sussex Partnership NHS Trust, Southdown and MIND.

It is an exciting and rewarding time to work at Lighthouse which has now been operating successfully for nearly 10 years.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job outline:
  • To work as a member of the Lighthouse clinical service/ team in a leadership role, providing a high quality, specialist psychotherapeutically orientated service to clients, their families or carers, where there are highly complex presentations. In addition to be responsible for the supervision and governance of psychologists and psychological therapists at Lighthouse and to support psychotherapeutic practice within the team and other agencies through consultation, supervision, formulation and training.
  • To contribute and lead on ongoing service developments, including the development of the intensive day programme with staff and members, and supporting and developing other local pathway developments.
  • To contribute to the Personality Disorders Pathway (Complex Emotional Difficulties) in Brighton & Hove in consultation, workshop and education events and to develop constructive working relationships with all stakeholders for this service, for example acute & urgent care, community mental health teams, social care & third sector organisations including formal partners.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, service development and research within the area served by Lighthouse.
  • To lead on agreed parts of the clinical and social care governance framework within Lighthouse. To be responsible for the systematic governance of psychological and psychotherapeutic practice within Lighthouse.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines, and collaboratively with other professional leads within the Personality Disorders Pathway. To supervise and support the psychotherapeutic and psychological assessment and practice provided by other psychologists, psychotherapists and psychological therapists and other clinical members of the service who provide psychologically based psychotherapeutic care and treatment and to provide clinical and professional leadership to appropriate clinical staff.
  • To manage a complex caseload of individuals and groups.
  • To plan, organise and contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit, and to advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological, psychotherapeutic and/or organisational matters need addressing

  • You will have an approved post graduate diploma, Masters or Doctoral qualification (or equivalent) in a recognised psychological therapy, leading to professional accreditation, in Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic Psychotherapy or Group Analysis (BPC, UKCP, BAP, BACP). This may be in addition to a core training as a mental health professional (practitioner psychologist, nursing, OT, social work, Arts Psychotherapy or a creative therapy such as psychodrama
  • Professionally registered as an adult psychotherapist or psychological therapist with relevant registration body
  • Post-qualification training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological/psychotherapeutic practice to include group work, but it would be desirable to be a recognised MBT practitioner. It would be desirable to have an understanding and working knowledge of evidence-based treatments such as SCM, DBT, STEPPS, CAT, schema-informed CBT, as well as SUN and PICT
  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training, supervision and/or other fields of psychotherapy & psychological therapy.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in a recognised psychological therapy [or equivalent postgraduate level qualification with further experience and/or training], leading to recognised professional accreditation in Systemic Family Therapy (AFT), Child Psychotherapy (ACP or UKCP), Art Therapy (HCPC), Play Therapy (BAPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP), or Psychotherapeutic Counselling (BACP or UKCP).
    • An accredited MBT practitioner
    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    • Accredited / registered with professional body / regulator as detailed above
    Knowledge/Experience Essential
    • Doctoral level knowledge of applied psychology and psychological therapy including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
    • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological practice
    • Assessed extensive experience of working as a qualified or registered Practioner psychologist, Psychotherapist or psychological therapist, including significant post-qualification experience within the Specific Care Group/Service
    • Demonstrable knowledge of the theory and practice of leadership and management in mental health services
    • Extensive experience of providing successful clinical leadership within a multidisciplinary mental health provider context
    • High level knowledge of national policy frameworks and initiatives and the mental health economy within which the Trust services are provided
    • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological practice
    • Experience of the successful professional management of psychotherapists, psychological therapists, Practioner psychologists and other psychological professionals

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