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Assistant Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£32,720 to £39,769 Per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to be able to recruit a skilled and experienced assistant psychologist to the Haringey Children and Young People's Mental Health Service (CAMHS). The successful applicant will undertake direct clinical work in the CAMHS learning disabilities and generic teams, in addition to contributing to service development through offering support to innovative projects and governance processes. They will contribute to the multi-disciplinary team contributing to specialist assessments, interventions and training as appropriate. The post holder will specialise in supporting the clinical work undertaken with children and young people with learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental differences (Autism and ADHD). Including differential diagnostic assessments, and assessments of behaviour that challenges, and supporting the development and implementation of strategies to support these children's needs. The post holder will join a team of nine substantive clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists, and trainee clinical associate psychologists working across the CAMHS teams.

The post holder must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Main duties of the job

  • In both CAMHS LD and Generic teams, support assessment of the social communication, learning and attention needs of children and young people presenting with neurodevelopmental difficulties
  • Under supervision, contribute to functional assessments of behaviour that challenges using the principles of positive behaviour support
  • Contribute to writing assessment reports and behaviour and care plans.
  • Help identify and develop resources to enable more functional communication and to develop skills and understanding in children and young people, e.g. visual aids and communication strategies and social stories.
  • Work with multidisciplinary and multiagency colleagues as appropriate to offer support and guidance around social communication needs and behavioural needs.
  • Co-deliver workshops and trainings to parents/carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Attend clinical meetings and in-service training as required.
  • Keep up to date with new techniques and research for the maintenance and promotion of good practice.
  • Record all clinical information in line with trust policies.
  • Support service development and quality improvement projects.
  • Be responsible for the planning and prioritization of own workload and activities following the direction and guidelines given by the supervising clinical psychologist.

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people.We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored.Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where youcan thrive and succeed.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification by clicking on the JD/PS attachment in the advert.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • oAn upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology.
  • oEntitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society
  • oEvidence of additional specialist training or experience related to neurodevelopmental disorders.


  • oADOS-II training
  • o3DI or ADI-R training
  • oSpecialist training in a subject/skill relevant to Child & and Adolescent Mental Health (0-18 years)
  • oPost-qualifying training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • oFurther postgraduate training in relevant areas of research design and analysis.

Experience & Knowledge


  • oExperience working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions including ASD, ADHD and learning disability.
  • oUnderstanding of NDS alongside other difficulties.
  • oKnowledge of assessment tools, including neuropsychological assessments, relevant to the client group.
  • oExperience of signposting to families and linking to alternative services.
  • oExperience of working to support the mental health needs of children and young people, and their families, including with neurodevelopmental disorders, and delivering low level evidence-based interventions.
  • oKnowledge of and experience in using routine outcome monitoring in practice
  • oKnowledge of and understanding of importance of remaining up to date on evidenced based practice
  • oKnowledge of national policies and procedures relevant to the client group.


  • oExperience of paid work in direct care provision.
  • oExperience of working with diverse communities and within a multicultural setting
  • oExperience of working with multidisciplinary and multiagency offering support and guidance.
  • oExperience in enabling service user participation
  • oExperience of working with and knowledge in processes around managing risk and safeguarding.
  • oUnderstanding of importance to modify, adapt methods of communication and interventions.

Skills & Abilities


  • oUnderstanding of child development stages and psychosocial model.
  • oAbility to develop good therapeutic relationships and maintain professional boundaries.
  • oAbility to apply learning in practice.
  • oAbility to maintain and manage own workload.
  • oSkills in using IT, including office applications, clinical record systems (e.g. RiO) and database/ statistical applications (e.g. Excel), to input relevant data and type summaries and reports etc.
  • oAbility to be self-reflective on personal and professional development and use clinical supervision to explore and understand distress both directly with patients and indirectly.
  • oExcellent interpersonal skills & demonstrable ability to work flexibly and respectfully with others.
  • oWell-developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • oAbility to meet agreed/specified service targets.
  • oAn understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health problems or other disabilities.


  • oExperience of delivering teaching and training, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations
  • oHigh standard of report writing.
  • oUnderstanding of the need and rationale for using evidence based psychological therapies
  • oAn understanding of service evaluation methods in healthcare, and an ability to plan and implement quality improvement projects.

Personal Qualities


  • oDemonstrable ability to work under pressure and respond to demanding situations as appropriate.
  • oAbility to recognise own limits & seek support re supervision as appropriate.
  • oAbility to use clinical supervision effectively for personal development.
  • oRegard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • oA flexible approach to client intervention and to be able to work independently and flexibly to meet client needs
  • oHigh level of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • oAbility to develop strong working relationships within team.


  • oPositive attitude to change.
  • oThe ability to engage and work with clients in differing environments in line with the needs of the service
  • oWillingness and ability to develop specialist knowledge of clinical aspects of child & adolescent mental health.

Other Requirements


  • oUnderstanding of equality of opportunity & related policies & procedures.
  • oUnderstanding of equality of opportunity & related policies & procedures.


  • oKnowledge of recent legislation affecting the NHS/Social Care and Education
  • oAwareness and understanding of emotional distress/ mental health problems and the impact is can have on clinicians.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


St Ann's Hospital

St Ann's Road


N15 3TH

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