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Clinical Psychologist for Post Covid / Long Term Conditions

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year Per Annum Inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Enfield Community Services have a newly commissioned Post Covid Syndrome pathway and present an exciting opportunity to join and develop the psychology component. The postholder will support the service to develop to meet population need, establish a borough based MDT and develop close working relationships with system partners at UCLH & Royal Free Hospital.

Interview Date: 15th July 2022.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will provide a psychology service to clients of the Post Covid team and other teams when necessary or appropriate: providing highly specialist psychological assessment, intervention and treatment. More specifically to take a significant role in the design and delivery of an evidence based Long Covid Service and in particular to assess patients when referred by the team and undertake individual and/or group work with patients where appropriate. To Supervise trainee and Band 7 clinical psychologists, and offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers. Working autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. Utilising research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

It will be a requirement of this role to participate in job planning which forms a key part of the working practices of qualified psychological therapists.

About us

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which is the lead provider of forensic mental health services; that managed the devolved New Models of care budget, it delivers MH care across some of the prisons, and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services.

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 TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a clinical psychologist.
  • Additional post-doctoral training in evidence-based therapies e.g. CBT
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of NHS care settings such as community, primary care and/or inpatient settings and in providing individual and group therapy.
  • 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 working in consultation and collaboratively with Social Care Teams.
  • Experience of working with Patients with physical health conditions
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts and using interpreters.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • 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 practised 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 CBT as applied to physical health.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Willing to undertake a clinical supervision training (short course) sufficient to be able to supervise doctoral trainees.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work as part of a multi-professional team as a lead clinician and role model.
  • Ability to work effectively in crisis situations in order to maintain the safety of both staff and client.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Personal experience of mental health problems.

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