Senior MBT clinical or counselling psychologist or psychotherapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum plus HCAs pro rata
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Lewisham Personality Disorder Service. The service aims to improve patients' well-being and personality functioning. The main treatments consist of weekly individual and group therapy over 18-months: MBT and Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).

The post-holder would lead the MBT arm of the service. S/he would assess patients and deliver individual and group MBT, and provide group supervision of colleagues and coordination of the service.

The postholder will consult to and support CMHTs delivering Structured Clinical Management in Tier 2. Training of the postholder in SCM can be provided.

The post holder would need a clinical/counselling psychology or psychotherapy qualification as well as experience of working with this patient group psychotherapeutically and broad mental health experience. We value diversity and welcome applicants from a BME background.
  • There will be a one-hour online group interview.
  • Those successful in the group will be interviewed individually.

online group assessment task on 13thApril 12.30-1.30, individual interviews morning of 26thApril

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a highly specialist psychotherapy or psychology service to the Lewisham Personality Disorders Service, including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation , functioning as a lead specialist in MBT.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPC/UKCP/BACP/HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, the particular body depending on whether the post holder is a psychologist or psychotherapist, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the Trust and service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.
  • To work as a liaison point with one of the CMHTs, consulting to staff and supporting the provision of Stuctured Clinical Management (SCM) in the CMHTs.
  • To provide individual and group MBTtherapy.

About us

The service was launched in 2021. There are 13 clinicians: psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists, psychiatrist, OT and employment worker, two part-time administrators. We are a supportive team, with an ethos of collaboration .

Lewisham is a multi-ethnic London borough with good transport links. The service will be moving to the Wallace Centre between Deptford High Street and Greenwich town centre.


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and believe in a healthy work-life balance. We want you to feel part of a close-knit team, to feel valued. Our benefits package includes:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,opportunities to progress and we support your development through mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefit from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefit from keyworker housing which is available on selected sites
  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing events
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers

Job description Job responsibilities

KR 1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide highly specialist psychotherapy assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the Lewisham Personality Disorders Service at levels expected of a clinical or counselling psychologist or psychotherapist who has achieved post-qualification specialist development.
  • To provide culturally appropriate professional interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To act as key worker taking responsibility for reviewing care plans, and arranging meetings.

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team or service and to a psychotherapeutically informed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychotherapeutic care of clients.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice and/or currently understood best practice-based evidence, in individual work and work with other team members.

KR 3 Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.

KR 4 Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

KR 5 Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of more junior psychotherapists or psychologists with support from a more senior psychotherapist or psychologist.
  • To supervise honorary psychotherapists or psychologists within own area of specialism.
  • To contribute to the appraisal of more junior psychotherapists, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the recruitment of more junior psychotherapists or psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To provide supervision for the psychotherapeutic work of other multi-disciplinary staff as appropriate.

KR 6 Teaching and Training
  • To undertake occasional teaching and training of honorary psychotherapists/psychologists and specialist training to other professions in the Lewisham Personalities Disorders Service as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the Lewisham Personalities Disorders Service by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in the psychotherapies and by implementing knowledge gained in practice.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

KR 7 Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

KR 8 Research and development
  • To initiate, undertake, support and supervise regular complex service evaluation and audits.
  • To provide expertise in a specialist research area which will contribute to (service).

KR 9 Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior psychologist or psychotherapist according to HCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACP, according to which body the post-holder is registered with, and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with HCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACP (according to which body registers the post holder) and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with HCPC/BPS/UKCP/BACP Standards of Ethics and Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to the HCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACP (whichever body the post holder is registered with) Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

KR10 General
  • To travel to community placements, team or service meetings as appropriate and across the Trust when required.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations such as challenging behaviour, and to support others involved in such situation

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • PSYCHOTHERAPISTS: oEntry-level qualification in Psychotherapy accepted by the HCPC/BPC/UKCP/BACP for professional registration. (A/I) oRegistered with the BPC/UKCP/BACP as Psychotherapist. (A/I) Or PSYCHOLOGISTS: oEntry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) accepted by the HCPC for professional registration. (A/I) oClinical psychologist: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent; oCounselling psychologist: MSc and PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology; oRegistered with HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist. (A/I)
  • oAdditional training beyond entry-level qualification in MBT through formal post-qualification training
Experience Essential
  • oEvidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in working with patients with a personality disorder at secondary or tertiary level
  • oExperience of delivering a psychotherapy therapeutic approach for patients with a personality disorder (A/I) such as MBT, TFP, Structure Clinical Management or Therapeutic Community. (A/I/R)
  • oExperience of carrying out audit or service evaluation projects
  • Experience of delivering therapy in groups.
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • oTo carry out specialist psychotherapeutic assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.
  • oTo deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • oTo communicate complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers including emotional difficulties, and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • oPost-graduate level knowledge of psychotherapeutic research methodology.
Abilities Essential
  • oAbility to manage stressful situations such as working with people who engage in self-harm or are verbally aggressive.
  • oAbility to work within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to team functioning.

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