Specialist Psychological Therapist - Enfield Youth Justice Service

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum pro rata inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced registered psychological therapist to join the Enfield CYPMHS - Youth Justice Service (YJS).

Enfield YJS is a statutory multi-agency partnership service that aims to prevent offending and re-offending. It strives for excellence in the delivery of youth justice services. The YJS works with young people aged 8to 17 who have committed a crime. Enfield CYPMHS in Youth Justice is a consultation-led service underpinned by Trauma-Informed Practice.

Continuing professional development is ensured by regular clinical and managerial supervision, peer-support, and attendance at relevant courses/conferences, in line with BPS and HCPC professional requirements.

The post holder will provide a comprehensive psychological service to children and their families in the Youth Justice Service (YJS) offering psychological assessment, therapeutic intervention and consultation. They will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy as well as undertaking supervision and consultation to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. Liaison with professionals across health, social care, education and youth justice services, and any other relevant community partners is essential.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide specialist assessments for psychological treatment with clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care, when and where appropriate.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, including adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

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


  • Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology or equivalent, i.e. MSc FST
  • Completion of clinical supervision training

Experience & Knowledge


  • Experience of specialist MH assessment and treatment of young people
  • Experience of working with CYP with histories of trauma and offending
  • Application of risk assessment and safeguarding
  • Experience of using routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of consultation to staff and professional networks


  • Experience of adapting psychological theories and interventions for non-mental health professionals
  • Experience of working in partnership with the Local Authority and third sector organisations

Skills & Abilities


  • Well-developed skills / ability to communicate complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information
  • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with CYP
  • Ability to manage a caseload of both direct and indirect work
  • Skills in using IT, including office applications, clinical record system


  • Knowledge of theory & practice of specialised therapies in YP in criminal justice system

Personal Qualities


  • A commitment to working with people's lived expertise across the levels of clinical practice


  • Awareness & understanding of emotional distress problems drawn from personal experience

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Thomas Hardy House

41B Palace Gardens Shopping Centre



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