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Personality Disorder Hub

Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker to work as a Senior Practitioner

Northants Personality Disorder Hub

Band 6 Recruit to Train Practitioner post qualification Band 7 (37.5 Hours)

Vacancy no. 270-TD406-MH

Would you like to work for an Outstanding NHS Trust, and join an innovative and supportive service that is highly committed to decreasing stigma associated with personality difficulties, promoting optimism about recovery, and increasing access to evidence-based interventions? An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Northamptonshire Personality Disorder hub in a development role that includes enrolment in a two -year, fully funded Post Graduate Diploma in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). The post holder will have the opportunity to develop their capabilities within role and specialise in DBT.

Overview of the service and role

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 team comprises of staff from a range of professional backgrounds (including nursing, occupational therapy and clinical psychology).

The service provides a DBT programme at two locations across the county, and leads on the delivery of Structured Clinical Management (SCM) across general secondary mental health services. Alongside this, 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-developing and delivering staff training.

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced mental health practitioner with a passion for working with people with personality difficulties to join our specialist multi-disciplinary team. The post is based in Northampton and involves travel to other locations across the county.

Rewards and Benefits

This post will give the successful candidate the opportunity to develop their capabilities within a highly supportive and motivated multidisciplinary team.

DBT training will be provided, and you will be supported to attend the Health Education England (HEE) Post Graduate Diploma in DBT. As a contributor to DBT and SCM national training programmes, the service is at the forefront of transforming services and providing high quality care.

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.

Working life

As a senior practitioner you’ll be expected to;

·         Contribute to the service’s community DBT programme

·         Develop formulation-driven care plans with service users and colleagues via consultation and direct assessment

·         Support others to increase their understanding and effective practise via providing consultation and offering informal guidance

·         Provide staff training and work collaboratively with experts by experience to co-develop and deliver training.

·         Contribute to a range of service development projects

Must have skills

The post holder will need to have:

·         Experience of working with people with complex needs, often termed ‘personality disorder’ and be passionate about reducing exclusion and stigma for this client group

·         A core mental health profession and demonstrate an ongoing interest in developing competencies in working with people with ‘personality disorder’ (e.g. via further training, areas of specialism within existing roles)

·         Self-awareness and an ability to reflect on their own emotions

·         Good communication and team working skills in order to collaborate with a variety of groups and stakeholders

·         Leadership skills

You will need to be well organised, confident, and able to cope in potentially challenging situations and high-pressure environments. Flexibility is required as there may be some travelling to/from different sites across the county.

We very much welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds who are under-represented in service delivery and want to ensure that we are offering a service that celebrates difference and diversity, and which is culturally sensitive. It is expected that the post holder will develop in role and will not meet all aspects of the job description on application.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and encouraged prior to applying or attending interview.

Please contact Dr Chris Berry, Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Team Leader on 03000 271012 or 07825 206172.

Please apply on TRAC vacancy no. 270-TD406-MH

Interview date: Wednesday 17th August, 2022

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