Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS (Depends on experience)
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Enfield CAMHS has a range of exciting opportunities across its Generic, Neurodevelopment (ND), ACCESS Services and 0-5's service.

We are looking for highly motivated and resourceful individuals who are keen to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a great location, Enfield (posts based at Bay Tree House).

If you would you like to be part of a thriving, innovative and enthusiastic multidisciplinary team providing support and interventions to young people and their families and you meet the essential criteria, please submit an application.

The multi-disciplinary team provide a comprehensive range of assessments and therapeutic interventions, consultations to professionals dealing with children, young people aged 0-18 and families (CYPFs) with emotional and behavioural difficulties, complete assessments and treatments for ND presentations.

Integral to this post is the development links with schools, GPs, Social Care and other community services. Enfield CAMHS is a central part of a local CYP-IAPT partnership, and our local transformation plan draws on the Thrive approach to delivery of care for young people. Our Service is committed to evidence-informed practice, young people's participation and utilising outcome measures.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide referral screening, assessments and deliver therapeutic interventions for a broad range of mental health conditions meeting specialist CAMHS criteria. The role is mainly clinic-based and will focus on the delivery of timely, high quality interventions, including specialist interventions. This position provides opportunities to work with and develop links with health and social care as part of the THRIVE Framework to delivery of care for young people. The role is for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, with appropriate core-profession, who enjoys specialist work in a dynamic CAMHS service.

Regular clinical and professional supervision will be provided, exploring development opportunities for the post holder. We will support individuals to develop specialist skills and pursue specific areas of interest or service development projects where appropriate. We also hold regular CPD and service development days across the whole service.

Please note interviews will take place on Friday 27th May.

About us

Working in BEHMHT, you will have access to a range of staff benefits, including personal support, such as: Childcare Scheme; Discounts - High Street and Online; Employee Assistance Programme; Occupational Health and other health and wellbeing services; Financial Wellbeing; Fast Track to Physiotherapy; Flexible Working; and Salary Sacrifice Schemes. We are also committed to Continuous Staff Development (CPD) through regular supervision and appraisal.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be an enthusiastic and hardworking clinician with experience of working with children, young people and families. They will provide both direct and indirect care, working with colleagues within the multidisciplinary team. They will have knowledge and expertise of treatment for children and adolescents with Mental Health issues and Neurodevelopment Disorders. The postholder will establish good working relationships with local GPs as well as education providers, local authority childrens services and voluntary sector organisations in order to better meet the needs of young people and their families.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical / counselling /health psychology, accredited by the BPS and Relevant HCPC registration
  • post-qualifying training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Specialist training in a subject/skill relevant to Child & and Adolescent Mental Health (0-18 years)
  • ADOS-II training
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients including Children and young people.
  • Experience of working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with and knowledge in processes around managing risk and safeguarding.
  • Understanding of experience in Neurodevelopmental conditions including ASD, ADHD and LD
  • Knowledge and understanding of the key features and symptoms associated with ASD and/or LD.
  • Knowledge and understanding of importance to modify, adapt methods of communication and interventions.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with children, young people and families
  • Knowledge of and experience in using routine outcome measures in practice
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapies in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with a variety of client groups, across the life span, presenting problems that reflect a range of clinical severity.
  • Experience in enabling service user participation
  • Ability to complete psychological assessment, intervention and evaluate risk/care plans to meet the needs of clients.
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and demonstrate awareness of MDT functioning.
  • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff
  • Ability to maintain and manage own workload and work autonomously within the specialist area
  • The ability to supervise, teach and develop the skills of trainees, students and junior staff as appropriate
  • Skills 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.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills & demonstrable ability to work flexibly and respectfully with others.
  • Well-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.
  • Understanding of the need and rationale for using evidence based psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Work within the context of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency approaches.
  • Demonstrable ability to work under pressure and respond to emergency situations as appropriate
  • Ability to recognise own limits & seek support re supervision as appropriate.
  • Willingness and ability to develop specialist knowledge of clinical aspects of child & adolescent mental health.
  • The ability to engage and work with clients in differing environments in line with the needs of the service
  • A flexible approach to client intervention and to be able to work independently and flexibly to meet client needs
  • Capacity to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, and situations where there may be resistance, verbal aggression or the threat of physical aggression.
  • Positive attitude to change.
  • Understanding of equality of opportunity & related policies & procedures.
  • Knowledge of recent legislation affecting the NHS/Social Care and Education
  • Ability to demonstrate working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Children Act.
  • A commitment to service user participation across the levels of clinical practice, team/service, and the organisation
  • Awareness and understanding of emotional distress/ mental health problems and the impact is can have on clinicians.

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