Eating Disorders Psychological Therapies Lead

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£59,731 to £68,829 a year per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Eating Disorders
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an 8b Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to lead the Psychological Therapies Team within our Eating Disorders Service. The post holder will join a friendly and well established team made up of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, a CBT Therapist, Assistant Psychologists, a Research Assistant Psychologist, a Family Therapist and an Art Therapist. Our team provides a variety of assessments and evidence based therapeutic interventions, including CBT-ED, MANTRA, SSCM, CBT-T and systemic family therapy and art therapy. The psychological therapies team at St Ann's is well respected within the service and provides assessment and evidence-based treatment across all parts of the service including inpatient, outpatient and the day program. This is a great opportunity to oversee the therapy provision across the eating disorder service.

As a Psychological Therapies Team, we take pride in working together to maintain a supportive and friendly workplace where we can all deliver quality treatment for our patients as well as creating a welcoming atmosphere where we are happy to work.

To support the work, we do, we have fortnightly CPD sessions on a rotating basis, which includes reflective space for the team. In addition, there is a monthly reflective practice space on the inpatient ward and in the community team, and a Clinical Improvement Group where the whole service meets monthly.

Main duties of the job

The role will entail providing oversight of the Psychological Therapies Team. The post holder will provide operational and clinical supervision to the senior Psychologists in the outpatient team as well as the Psychologists that work on the inpatient ward and the Research Assistant Psychologist. They will also be providing line management to the Family Therapist and Art Therapist. There is a weekly Psychological Therapies Team meeting which is chaired by the Lead.

There will be collaborative working with the outpatient/service manager to review waiting lists and there will be close working with other members of the multidisciplinary team, for example the ward manager, the day programme Lead and the consultant psychiatrist in order to maintain the effective delivery of psychological therapies to the different parts of the service. The post holder will also offer a supportive therapeutic space for nursing staff on the ward, which historically has been well received.

This post would be suitable for someone who is passionate about eating disorders and wants to make a real difference in the lives of those suffering with eating disorders. It will also need someone who is well organised and is able to manage several workstreams at once. A team player will also be essential to enable collaborative working with the other managers in the service.

About us

The Eating Disorders Service at St Ann's Hospital in Haringey provides comprehensive care for patients 18 years old and above with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder. It is one of the largest units in the country providing services to a catchment area that includes North Central London, North East London and parts of Essex. The service provides intensive inpatient treatment on Iris ward which is located in a newly built state of the art mental health building, Blossom Court. Our 20 bedded unit features ensuite bedrooms, more daylight and views of nature to help reduce patient stress, anxiety and pain as well as a sensory room. The service also includes our outpatient services, community liaison services, and a day programme whilst our MDT consists of Psychiatry, Community Liaison Nursing, Dieticians, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Admin and Peer Support.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be managing the Psychological Therapies Team as well as working collaboratively with the Outpatient Manager to manage the waiting lists and psychological input in outpatients, the Ward Manager and Consultant Psychiatrist to manage the delivery of psychological therapies on the ward, as well as support for the nursing staff, and the Day Programme Manager to maange the psychological input in the Day Programme.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychology (or BPS accredited equivalent), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS
  • Able to demonstrate significant and relevant experience of working as a senior clinical/counselling psychologist.
  • Experience of working with people with eating disorders.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of providing professional and/or clinical supervision to qualified psychologists.
  • Excellent skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills and experience in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

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