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Highly Specialist Psychologist(Preceptorship option)/ MBT Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
In line with the transformation work, the Bedfordshire and Luton Complex Needs Service are developing a Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) offer to complement the existing DBT service provision and offer choice of evidence-based treatments. The service is being set up by an experienced MBT Supervisor within the service in consultation with the Clinical Lead. There is an exciting opportunity for a Band 8a Psychologist or Senior Psychological Therapist to improve access and treatment for people with complex emotional needs associated with a diagnosis of 'personality disorder'.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will be a MBT Practitioner, or have experience of the approach and be committed to further training in MBT, as well as experience in supervising the delivery of psychological therapy and a good understanding of the mechanisms of governance for a dedicated Complex Needs service. They will be committed to working collaboratively with service users, carers, and colleagues to create a psychologically safe environment that enables the delivery of effective treatment. The successful candidate will be required to participate in weekly peer supervision, and will offer specialist advice, supervision, training, and consultation to other professionals and teams to support effective and efficient psychologically-informed care and treatment across the BLMK integrated care system. We would welcome interest from candidates who are committed to co-producing the development of the care pathway through participation in clinical research, audit and/or quality improvement projects.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Newly/early qualified psychologists could be appointed at Band 7 under a preceptorship to work towards requirements for Band 8a, subject to satisfactory completion of preceptorship process.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Core Mental Health Profession (e.g. Social Worker; Occupational Therapist; CPN; Psychologist or a) ? Current HCPC/NMC registration
  • Further intensive training in an evidencebased therapy for people with a diagnosis of ''personality disorder'' (Mentalization Based Treatment)
  • MBT Practitioner accreditation
Other Essential
  • Willingness and ability to travel using own or public transport to travel between sites across Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and occasionally, London.
  • Driver's license and access to a vehicle insured for business use.
Experience Essential
  • Post-qualification experience of conducting trauma-informed psychotherapeutic assessments, risk assessments and collaborative safety planning in a community mental health setting.
  • Post-qualification experience of autonomously managing a caseload in a community mental health setting
  • Clinical experience delivering either Mentalization-Based Treatment to people with complex emotional needs associated with a diagnosis of 'personality disorder'.
  • Experience of supervising staff and/or students.
  • Experience, skills and ability to liaise effectively with other agencies and professionals.
  • Experience of tExperience of teaching/training others.eaching/training others.
  • Experience of actively participating in coproduced service planning and delivery
  • Experience of using outcome measures in clinical practice.
  • Experience of working with people with comorbid mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, substance misuse and psychosis.
  • Experience of supervising the delivery of Mentalization-Based Treatment to people with complex emotional needs associated with a diagnosis of 'personality disorder.'
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge and skills in an evidencebased therapy for people with ''personality disorder'' (MBT, DBT, CBT)
  • Ability to deal with highly stressful situations arising with service users, carers and staff
  • Demonstrable skills in clinical outcome evaluation, audit, research and/or clinical governance.

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