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Senior Practitioner - Inpatient Personality Disorder Linkworker

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, or Social Worker to work as a Senior Practitioner

Would you like to work for an Outstanding NHS Trust, join an innovative service that is highly committed to decreasing stigma associated with personality difficulties, and support our inpatient services to offer evidence-based interventions for people with complex emotional needs within a structured admission pathway? An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Northamptonshire Personality Disorder Hub as a Senior Practitioner.

Main duties of the job

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 service provides a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) programme and leads on the delivery of Structured Clinical Management (SCM) across general secondary mental health services. 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-producing staff training.

This post will provide support to inpatient services in the south of the county to enhance the effectiveness of acute admissions for people with a 'personality disorder'. The post holder will contribute to the early identification of personality disorder in inpatient settings, support others to further develop therapeutic skills and contribute to discharge planning and pathway development.

About us

This post will give the successful candidate the opportunity to develop their capabilities within a highly supportive and motivated multidisciplinary team, whilst primarily being based at Berrywood Hospital. As a contributor to DBT and SCM national training programmes the service is at the forefront of transforming services and providing high quality care. Psychological formulation, reflective practice and an investment in on-going professional development are embedded in the team's approach and the post holder will also have the opportunity to continue to expand their own knowledge and skills by accessing further training and contributing to the delivery of therapeutic programmes offered by the service.

There are a range of CPD opportunities within the service and wider network, and clinical supervision is viewed as integral to maintaining staff wellbeing and effectiveness.

You'll have access to our generous pension scheme and health service discounts, as well as generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

A relocation package is available if the successful postholder relocates to Northamptonshire and meets other eligibility criteria. This is subject to approval.

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
  • oIT and keyboard skills

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