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Complex Emotional Needs Pathway Advanced Lived Experience Practitione

Job Reference: 333-J-BR-0395-A

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Adult mental health
Brent/Harrow CMHT, Brent/Harrow
£43,712 - £49,325 pa inc

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 7,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing intiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Advanced Lived Experience Practitioner- London Boroughs of Brent and Harrow

Do you have your own personal lived experience of recovery from distress that has been understood as ‘personality disorder’ or ‘Complex Emotional Needs’?

Have you got working experience of utilising your recovery within mental health in an advanced peer role: consulting, teaching, training and working with others with lived experience of receiving a personality disorder diagnosis?

Please note that only candidates who have personally experienced difficulties associated with a diagnosis of personality disorder/ complex emotional needs


who have undertaken advanced lived experience specific work in this area will meet the short listing criteria for this post, therefore please reference these experiences within your application.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two new Advanced Lived Experience Practitioner posts to work collaborative in a new, coproduced team within the Complex Emotional Needs pathway - one post holder will be based in Brent and one post holder will be based in Harrow.

The post holder will work very closely with an Advanced Clinical Practitioner across the borough of Brent or Harrow (we have two posts), consulting to Community Hub team members, and working as a key liaison and outreach professional between our inpatient wards and mental health teams in Brent/Harrow. They will provide supervision, consultation and training to staff in the case management of service users who have received a diagnosis of ‘Personality Disorder’ or ‘complex emotional needs’. They will provide insights from their own lived experience to relevant parties, including service users and colleagues, regarding the presentation and behaviours of service users within the integrated mental health hub setting.

For a small caseload of service users they will provide time-limited case management, skilfully using their own lived experience of recovery to foster hope. After a period of skill swapping with their clinically trained colleague, they will also undertake psychologically informed assessments, care-planning and considering treatment options, in collaboration with service users, carers and their team. They will also deliver Psychoeducation Groups, Recovery and Wellbeing College courses, and Psychological Support for Personality Problems (PSP).

The Advanced LXP will also be actively involved in developing and supporting new peer support worker posts across the borough of Brent/Harrow, and supervising the work of peer support worker colleagues. They will act as an ambassador of Recovery for the Trust alongside others, drawing upon aspects of own lived experience to challenge stigma and discrimination.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can work flexibly to meeting the demands of this exciting and very varied position. Both regular clinical and lived experience specific supervision will be provided.

If you are interested in the post, feel you meet the requirements and would like to discuss further please contact:

Dr. Paul Boyden, Clinical Psychologist & Pathway Lead for Brent Complex Emotional Needs Pathway on

Dr Ali Modaresi, Clinical Psychologist & Pathway Lead for Harrow Complex Emotional Needs Pathway on

Mel Ball, Trustwide Lead for Peer Support and Lived Experience Practice on 07718668799 or

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Paul Boyden

Job title: Clinical Psychologist/Pathway Lead

Email address:

Additional contact information

For enquiries about the lived experience practitioner role specifically please contact Melanie Ball, Trustwide Lead for Peer Support and Lived Experience Practice on 07718668799 or

For enquiries about the Brent Complex Emotional Needs Pathway please contact Dr Paul Boyden (Clinical Psychologist/Pathway Lead) on

For enquiries about the Harrow Complex Emotional Needs Pathway please contact Ali Moderasi (Clinical Psychologist/Pathway Lead) on

CNWL NHS Foundation Trust are committed to safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

Our Agenda for Change employment contracts are subject to a contractual 13 week probationary period.

If you are offered a job, information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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