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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 Per annum including HCAS
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the Adolescent Outreach Team (AOT) in Haringey CAMHS. The AOT work with young people, aged 12-18, presenting with acute mental health needs (including severe depression and anxiety, trauma, psychosis) and/or significant levels of risk to self or others.

Haringey AOT are a multidisciplinary team, comprising of Psychiatry, Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers, Family Therapy and other CAMHS Clinicians. The team offer intensive contact for a period of time, to assess and support young people and their parents/carers manage their mental health needs and reduce risk taking behaviour. Clinicians in the AOT work closely with parents and carers, and with the network of connected professionals, including, schools, children's services and other mental health providers, to promote a young person's emotional wellbeing, safety and recovery.

The post holder will offer specialist psychological assessment, formulation and evidence informed interventions to young people and their parents and carers, in a range of community settings or the clinic, as the need requires. In addition, you will offer psychologically informed advice and consultation to the AOT multi-disciplinary team meetings, to CAMHS colleagues to support their clinical work and to professionals in partner agencies,

Main duties of the job

To undertake initial assessments as appropriate, including risk assessment and risk management plans in conjunction with the team, involving other agencies or services as

appropriate to ensure patient safety, in the midst of crisis' or emergency.

To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex datafrom a variety of sources. These will include systemic methodologies, psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.

To make skilled evaluations to employ research based models in order to formulate and implement psychological treatment with individuals, couples, families andcarers in the context of the professional and wider social systems.

To implement a range of highly specialist psychological interventions for Individuals, carers, families and groups within and across teams, adjusting and refiningpsychological formulations, informed by different exploratory models. And maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

About us

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

In order to meet the needs of the new Partnership services you may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust. The Trust reserves the right to require staff to work at such other places or locations as it considers reasonable and necessary on a temporary or permanent basis.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both

theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical

and developmental processes that have shaped the individuals, family

or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment

and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based

care plans, including communication with the referral agent and others involved in


To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other

professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment


To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to

provide advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment

and risk management.

To communicate and give feedback in a skilled and sensitive manner, information

concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their

care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni-and multidisciplinary care.

To provide advice, guidance and consultation to peer and junior professionals

within the service, both individually, and by attendance at team referral and review


Person Specification

Qualifications/ Registrations


  • 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 BPSRegistration with the Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.


  • Training in a subject/skill relevant to Child and Adolescent Mental Health (0-18 years)

Skills/ Abilities


  • Advanced skills in using a wide variety of evidencebased psychological theory, therapy protocols and interventions and the ability to use these appropriately in relation to client need and work setting. Advanced skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention, and management of a wide variety of mental health presentations. Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical & /or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. Extensive understanding of child development, mental health difficulties and psychosocial influences, including trauma and attachment. Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships and maintain professional boundaries. Advanced skills in professional supervision and consultation including to multi-disciplinary and multiagency colleagues. Ability to complete psychological assessment, intervention and care plans to meet the needs of clients. Ability to apply learning in practice.

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Experience of working with children and adolescents in CAMHS or equivalent Services. Experience of offering and knowledge and understanding of the need to offer evidence-based therapy protocols for range of common and less common presentations in all levels of severity. Experience in managing and treating clients with a risk of self-harm, suicide and/or substance misuse. Experience of specialist psychological assessment including specifically assessments for neurodevelopmental conditions such as ASD and ADHD Experience in the application of risk assessment, including self-harm and suicidality, and intervention with both individuals and their families, and safeguarding procedures in this area. Previous experience of supervising clinicians and in operational leadership functions.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


St Ann's Hospital

St Ann's Road


N15 3TH

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