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MBT Practitioner/Qualified Mental Health Professional

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including high secure services, at Springfield Hospital.

Sutton and Merton Complex Needs Team delivers psychological treatment and a care programme approach (CPA) for people who meet criteria for Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) within Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), or Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This role is for a MBT Practitioner. We are a friendly, warm multi-disciplinary team who are passionate about working with people to reduce distress.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a registered Mental Health Professional to join our team as an MBT practitioner. There is earmarked funding for training for the post holder. If a core mental health professional without assessed psychotherapeutic training and/or MBT training and experience wishes to apply, they can be appointed at Band 6 whilst they do their MBT training and supervised experience (approx. 2 years) as an MBT Therapist.

About us

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and Agile Working from home.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes with secondment opportunities
  • Subsidised car parking- You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Free gym membership

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist assessments of clients referred based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources, as required including, as appropriate, 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 where necessary.
  • 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 problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options in line with the theoretical and therapeutic models and the highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual.
  • To manage an individual case load that includes individual and group-based therapy.
  • To provide specialist clinical advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan, drawing on expertise in MBT.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other services across service lines on specialist risk assessment and risk management for this client group.
  • 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. To prepare reports for, attend and contribute to CPA meetings. To be responsible for the flexible management of a defined caseload designed to meet the individual needs of the client and the carers within the trusts CPA policy and Mental Health Act frameworks.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress.
  • To ensure effective communication and share relevant information as required.
  • To implement and/or participate in crisis intervention measures with the client/family or in conjunction with other agencies

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Core Mental Health Profession registered with an appropriate professional body (e.g., NMC, UKCP, HCPC)
  • Post graduate qualification that includes supervised and assessed psychotherapeutic training OR
  • * Formal training and experience* in DBT (to intensive/upgrade level) if core mental health professional without assessed psychotherapeutic training and/or DBT training wishes to apply, they can be appointed at Band 6 whilst they do their DBT training and supervised experience*. *at least 2 years supervised experience, attended weekly consult, minimum 20 supervision sessions, worked with 4 clients, having completed with 2 clients, and have taught all 4 skills modules.
  • Post registration qualification in group work
  • Accreditation or working towards accreditation DBT
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable experience of working with adults with mental health problems in a variety of community settings
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience of inter-agency working
  • Experience of working with clients with a diagnosis of personality disorder
  • Experience of the use of a variety of therapeutic tools
  • Experience and skills in risk assessment and management
  • Experience of working with diverse communities
  • Experience of working with clients with a diagnosis of personality disorder
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Good knowledge of Risk Assessment procedures and skills to make significant clinical decisions based on this knowledge
  • Ability to undertake complex assessments and develop comprehensive clinical formulations.
  • Ability to reflect on personal experience. Demonstrates capacity and willingness to use clinical supervision
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice, clinical governance and related knowledge for research and audit.
  • Good knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to relevant fields.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional g
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Understanding of the organisational framework in which the service operates

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