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Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Preceptorship

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £62,785 Per annum / pro rata Inclu outer London HCAS
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic psychologist interested in working with older people (over 65s) to join our cohesive and supportive psychology team that is fully integrated into the multidisciplinary Barnet Memory Service and Barnet Older Peoples Community Mental Health Teams with interests inCBT, ACT, MI, systemic, psychodynamic and neuropsychological work. This would suit someone experienced or newly qualified, who is interesting in a development/preceptorship post.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for aqualified 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.We are committed to ensuring our service is open, accessible and fair, providing meaningful and effective psychological interventions to older people with complex needs and multiple co-morbidities including frailty and dementia. There will also be opportunities to develop leadership skills through quality improvement project work and to take on some supervision and teaching responsibilities.

By joining the older people's psychology service, you would be able to apply your experience in a versatile and creative way with the service, clients and colleagues. We are passionately committed to offering high quality care for older. Work pattern can be negotiated, and the Trust offers hybrid working to allow for the best work-life balance. There are opportunities to join psychological model specific peer supervision groups and diverse staff networks we are keen to support a diverse workforce and support a sense of belonging at work.

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.

Why choose to join the Partnership?
  • We believe that by working together, our two Trusts can achieve more for the residents of North Central London and our patients than we can by working apart.
  • Deliver the best care using the most up-to-date practise in supporting those with mental health illnesses.
  • Transforming and creating a positive environment for our service users, staff and visitors.
  • Creating and working together to become a great place to work for all our staff.
  • We offer flexible working, a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives, NHS Pension and so much more.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • NHS Discounts in a large variety of retail stores and services.
  • We have excellent internal staff network support groups.

The postholder will need to be comfortable working in an environment of complex matrix management arrangements and will at all times behave and align with our Trusts' values and cultural pillars:
  • We are kind
  • We are respectful
  • We work together
  • We keep things simple
  • We empower
  • We are proudly diverse

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a service user focused and evidence based high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients referred to Barnet Older Peoples Community Mental Health Teams and Barnet Memory Service, which includes the following.

The provision of highly 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 carers and their families.

Leading on psychology input into BMS services, including aiding diagnostic assessment and the development and clinical supervision of delivering time limited post-diagnostic psychological interventions.

Consultation, training and support for MDT colleagues working within CMHTs for Older People in Barnet, Barnet Memory Service and Springwell Day Services, 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-cantered interventions in residential homes caring for older people with challenging behaviour.

Professional skills to:

o Work autonomously within professional guidelines and the framework of the Services policies and procedures

o 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 clinical psychology colleagues including trainees and 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.

To contribute to the provision of team services and fulfilment of team priorities and objectives.

The service recognises the importance of promoting social inclusion and approaches promoting recovery, wellbeing, personalisation and carers needs assessments and interventions where appropriate.

Person Specification

Qualifications/ Registrations


  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology and two or more distinct psychological therapies as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.

Skills/ Abilities


  • 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
  • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC.


  • 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).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Skills in group work.
  • Skills in the delivery and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments.

Experience/ Knowledge


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and intervention/treatment of people across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, residential care homes 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
  • Experience of working with people whose behaviour challenges.
  • Experience of providing supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.


  • Training in other therapies, such as systemic.
  • Experience of neuropsychological assessments, particularly those relevant to working with dementia.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary service setting and establish constructive working relationships across services and care agencies.
  • Flexibility and versatility in order to work effectively with the wide range of individual needs encountered in a service for Older People

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Mental Health Services for older people in Barnet, Springwell Centre

Barnet General Hospital Site, Wellhouse Lane



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