Trauma Informed Lead / KUF Lead

West London NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
15 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced mental health specialist (e.g. social worker, nurse, psychologist or OT)? Would you like to develop your training and education skills with support from the Trust? Are you interested in training and developing your colleagues in a nationally recognised training package to provide better care for people with a diagnosis of personality disorder? Are you interested in being part of the move towards a trauma informed approach to supporting our service users?

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen to lead the KUF Hub as part of the Wellbeing and Recovery College covering three London Boroughs - Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham and Ealing. The Knowledge and Understanding Framework (KUF) is a national training programme which is designed for anyone working with people with complex emotional needs associated with a diagnosis of 'personality disorder' (including professionals from the health, criminal justice and voluntary sectors).

This post is ideal for an experienced individual who is interested in expanding and developing their clinical career through education and workforce development. Lived experience of mental health services is preferred but not essential. There are two aspects to the role - leading and developing trauma informed training as part of the Wellbeing and Recovery College, and also leading and developing the localised KUF training for WLNT staff.

Main duties of the job

This role involves working alongside the Mental Health Integrated Network Teams (MINT) and being able to develop training that supports this services as well as other mental health services. You will lead on developing varied courses for people with complex needs and with emerging or an actual diagnosis of personality disorder.

You will contribute to effective and compassionate service development over the remaining years of the Long Term Plan for mental health, shaping this service according to population based needs.

Experience of working with individuals who have experienced trauma / clients with a diagnosis of personality disorder is essential as well as some experience of supporting the Wellbeing and Recovery College to deliver trauma informed courses in a co-produced, collaborative way. It would also be beneficial if you were KUF trained or had a good understanding of the KUF principles, although training will be provided.

Co-facilitated by trainers with lived experience and clinical/practitioner expertise, KUF training takes a co-produced, multiagency, trauma-informed approach to working with the complexities associated with these difficulties.

You will also be leading on developing interfaces with multiple services and stakeholders and developing partnership working to ensure the courses offered at the W&RC are both trauma informed and reflect the needs of the local population.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary:

To be responsible for the complex emotional needs (CEN) training as part of the Wellbeing & Recovery College, rolling out trauma informed training and leading on local KUF (Knowledge and Understanding Framework) training. Training and leadership will be for clients who experience difficulties with emotional instability and relationships, particularly those who frequently use unplanned and emergency care. This post will lead on developing training to support clients who remain under the care of their GP or who are being transferred back to primary care as well as supporting West London NHS Trust staff to complete the KUF training.

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Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Educated to degree/ diploma level with a relevant qualification or equivalent experience
  • Core Mental Health Profession registered with an appropriate professional body (e.g., NMC, UKCP, HCPC
  • Clinical/post graduate management qualification or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level
  • Post graduate qualification that includes supervised and assessed psychotherapeutic training OR Formal training in DBT (to intensive/upgrade level) or MBT (basic and certificate training)
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
  • Measurable track record in involving and motivating staff to improve performance.
  • Experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental health needs, working with people with personality disorder, co-morbidities and complex emotional needs
  • Lived experience of mental health problems and involvement in coproduction.
  • Experience of delivery DBT, MBT or SCM treatment modalities and/or formally trained
  • Demonstrates an understanding of co-production, or expert knowledge of coproduction working and identifying key stakeholders
Knowledge 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.
  • Computer skills: advanced keyboard skills and ability to use software programmes including word processing and email.
  • Can plan, organise, and prioritise own workload. Ability to work flexibly with autonomy.
  • Well-developed skills in written and verbal communication.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the key drivers behind Care Group Policy.
  • Ability to provide and receive complex and emotive information with staff, service users, carers and other stakeholders
  • Ability to present information clearly.
  • An open and facilitative style of leadership which can be adapted when necessary to ensure delivery of objectives.
  • Able to hold professionals and peers to account
  • Ability to consider differences and equalities both in therapy and professional relationships. This includes age, disability, culture and race, sexual orientation and religion/belief systems.
  • An understanding of effective systems for integrated governance and the management of clinical and non-clinical risks.
Management skills Desirable
  • Good performance management skills combining clarity around expectations, direction and holding others to account.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret performance and financial information, excellent numerical and presentational skills.
Approach/Values Essential
  • Mobility to travel across sites
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust
  • Can use constructive criticism and openly seeks to review and reflect on own style and presentation.
  • Resilient and self-motivated with drive and vision that is able to work on own initiative and manage a range of priorities across competing agendas.
  • Commitment to the aims and values of the NHS combined with high personal integrity.
  • Empathy towards the needs of people using mental health and related services, and a vision of how services can make step changes for improvement.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of Human Rights in the delivery of this role
Other Essential
  • Ability to work with trauma and contain emotional impact through clinical supervision and team support systems.
  • Ability to sustain concentration for sustained periods and where there are several simultaneous demands requiring in-depth mental attention combined with proactive engagement with a patient / group / multidisciplinary team
  • Capacity to monitor and assess own emotional psychological and physical conditions in order to increase clinical efficiency and reduce clinical and personal risk
  • Ability to work flexibly with colleagues from a range of disciplines.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour

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