Divisional Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£83,159 to £95,354 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
17 Jul 2022

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Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
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The Enfield Borough Lead for Psychological Services holds a strategic overview and has responsibility for organisational, operational and professional leadership and management, and service and policy development of psychological services within the different care groups and clinical pathways in Enfield.
Main duties of the job

You will work as part of the senior leadership team in Enfield to ensure delivery of first class psychologically informed mental health services. As part of the senior leadership team, you will play a key role in the quality of services as a whole and contribute to Divisional Management and Divisional Board meetings on a regular basis. You will also contribute to a Quality Improvement approach to services in the Division as well as promoting a responsive approach to supporting staff.

Enfield Division's mental health services comprise Older and Younger adults, Urgent care services, CAMHS, LD and Health Psychology. You will be committed to maintaining a balance of expertise across modalities ensuring that there are clinicians within the borough with expertise across the main modalities offered within the core offer. You will hold responsibility for psychological therapy strategy and governance across the division leading a total of around 60 psychological therapists. You will have operational professional responsibility for all lead psychological therapists. You will hold professional responsibility for the psychological therapies leads in CAMHS, Younger and Older Adults, LD pathways and Health Psychology. As well as providing management, direct supervision and consultation you will hold a small specialist caseload of complex patients.

Please note interviews will take place on 27th July 2022.

About us

BEH is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. We provide a range of services for young people, adults and older people. These include enabling patients to overcome phobias, anxiety and coming to terms with bereavement or teenage pregnancy. It also has expert staff helping people to deal with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or the onset of dementia.

Job description Job responsibilities
The Enfield Borough Lead for Psychological Services holds a strategic overview and has responsibility for organisational, operational and professional leadership and management, and service and policy development of psychological services within the different care groups and clinical pathways in Enfield. As required the post holder advises on the development of psychological services and supports implementation of appropriate Service Level Agreements within Enfield Borough in BEHMHT and other designated organisations. The post holder will support development of psychological services on the design and delivery of modernisation and service change across care groups, specialisms and care settings as agreed with the Trust wide Head of Psychological Therapies and Managing Director for Enfield. The postholder will provide consultation and supervision to the consultant and/or lead Psychological Therapists in the specialisms within the services across care settings; taking responsibility for directing professional standards and clinical governance including supporting appraisals, recruitment and supervision structures; ensuring that professional standards are met and that appropriate continuing professional development is in place for Psychological Therapists. They will have authority working with Managing Director, Clinical Director, Service Managers and leads to direct changes to professional practice and ways of working and actively promote multi-professional approaches to service delivery within the Borough. They will ensure implementation of Trust-wide recommendations from clinical governance, quality and professional leads. They will ensure the most important indices of quality and safety are understood and examined locally, then improved upon. They will work with the Trust wide Head of Psychological Therapies supporting them in their role and preparing and supporting the functions of psychological services within their Borough. They will take delegated responsibilities given by the Trust wide Head of Psychological Therapies. They will carry a specialist caseload of clients.

They will work with senior managers, local and national partners including CCGs, local mental health services, local authorities, voluntary sector and independent providers to innovate and embed BEH services developments in line with the Trust Strategy and Vision.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • FOR CLINICAL / COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGISTS Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • FOR PSYCHOTHERAPISTS Advanced Post-graduate level training in psychotherapy as accredited by the BPC, ACAT, UKCP, BACP (theoretical and therapeutic), and an ability to formulate and provide treatment within a specialised psychotherapeutic approach. To have had either training therapy or personal therapy as well as the prerequisite service user hours and supervision hours as outlined by the accrediting body.
  • Experience of supervising health psychologists and skills in working with physical health difficulties.
  • Significant experience of professional management of qualified psychological therapists.
  • Experience of representing the profession or service in local policy forums.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
PERSONAL Essential
  • Ability to contain, manage and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multiprofessional and uniprofessional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
OTHER Essential
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • A clear understanding of practical user involvement and empowerment both with individual clients and wider user representation and the implications of user research in the development of services.

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