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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

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

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic psychologist interested in working with older people (over 65s) to join our cohesive, supportive and well-established psychology team that is fully integrated into the multidisciplinary Barnet Older Peoples Community Mental Health Teams and Memory Service.

We are looking for a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist who is keen to develop clinical work in a versatile and creative way, drawing on a range of models, to offer assessment, formulation, and interventions to those who are struggling with complex mental health difficulties, and those that are caring for and working with them. The successful applicant will have an interest in neuropsychology and dementia, as an important aspect of the BMS work is assisting with differential diagnosis and providing post-diagnostic intervention.There will also be opportunities to develop leadership skills through quality improvement project work and to take on some supervision and teaching responsibilities.

Main duties of the job

  • The provision of specialist psychological/neuropsychological assessment and therapy for individual service users including those with complex mental health conditions, cognitive impairment and co-morbid physical health conditions, their carer's and their families.
  • Consultation, training and support for MDT colleagues working within CMHTs for Older People in Barnet and Barnet Memory Service, including joint assessments, joint delivery of interventions and input to team meetings.
  • Consultation, training and support for the wider systems and organisations providing care for our clients including the delivery of staff-centred interventions in residential homes caring for older people with challenging behaviour.
  • Professional skills to:
    • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and the framework of the Service's policies and procedures
    • Use core professional training for some or all of the following purposes as appropriate: research, undertake audit, and contribute to policy and service development.
  • Supervision of psychology assistant/s graduates as appropriate.
  • To agree, in conjunction with the Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist and team managers, the appropriate utilisation of psychological resources to the teams.
  • The service recognises the importance of promoting social inclusion and approaches promoting recovery, wellbeing, personalisation and carers' needs assessments and interventions where appropriate.

About us

This post would suit a newly qualified, or more experienced, psychologist seeking development with guidance, alongside autonomy. Local peer supervision groups may be accessed in a variety of psychological models e.g. MI, ACT, Systemic. By joining the older people's psychology service you will be able to apply a range of skills and knowledge from your training with the service, clients and colleagues. We are passionately committed to offering high quality care for older people and our service was rated outstanding during last CQC inspection. Start date and work pattern can be negotiated.The Trust offers hybrid working to allow for the best work-life balance.

Within the community transformation agenda we are committed to working with voluntary and community sector organisations to develop pathways and access to a wider range of support for Barnet residents. At the same time we're making changes to the CPA model and moving to DIALOG+ which puts our service users at the centre of the process, taking greater account of their personal needs and social and environmental factors.

Barnet is a diverse place to work. It is the largest London borough with over 380,000 residents from varying backgrounds. The population is ethnically diverse and there is a high percentage of over 65s. Parts of it are in the Green Belt; it includes a number of nature reserves and it borders rural Hertfordshire, yet it has direct underground links into the centre of London.

Job description Job responsibilities

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Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Eligibility for Chartered Status with the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a psychologist.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with older people
  • Experience of applying psychosocial approaches to challenging behaviour/BPSD
  • Experience of the provision of short term focused psychological therapies in NHS settings
  • Experience in neuropsychological assessment and interpretation
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Skill in the administration of psychometric tests
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary service setting
  • Evidence of commitment to the provision of high quality person-centred care for older people and people with dementia across care settings.

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