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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Pro-rata, per annum including Outer London Allowance
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
We are excited to offer the opportunity of joining our innovative, trauma led Barnet Adult Psychology service as a Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist. We are looking to recruit to a part time posts at 22.5 hours per week.

We serve diverse communities across Barnet providing assessment and treatment to adults with moderate-severe and highly complex mental health, and who predominantly struggle with complex trauma. We specialise in trauma-based interventions including EMDR and NET, alongside interventions focused on complex emotional needs and wider mental health, including CAT, Schema, psychodynamic psychotherapy, systemic psychotherapy, and a range of CBT and third-wave interventions, provided individually and in groups. Therapists have access to specialist supervision and training to complement their working, and we are committed to a high standard of CPD.

In your role you will also work into the Barnet Core Community Mental Health Teams and alongside voluntary sector partners .

As part of the North London Mental Health Partnership, our services are based around the premise of not what is the matter with you but what matters to you. Our interventions are designed to enable our service users to identify their pathway in life and to support them to find a sustainable way to stay on it, supporting a recovered function, working with them and the people in their lives that are important to them.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a clinical/counselling psychologist who would benefit in the role from having a background of working with complex trauma and PTSD. The core features of this role include:
  • Providing psychological assessment, formulation, treatment planning, and implementation of psychological interventions for services users.
  • Providing specialist psychological support through consultation, supervision and professionals meetings to other professionals contributing directly to the clients' care plan, and to wider agencies serving our client groups.
  • Providing and receiving teaching, training, and supervision.
  • Ongoing research and service evaluation.

  • Please see the attached job description and person specification for detail description of duties.

    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.

    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

    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 provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • 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 individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate highly complex and potentially highly contentious information in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, in situations with patients who may be extremely hostile or highly emotional requiring the highest level of communication skills. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

  • Teaching, training, and supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience and skills relevant to clinical psychology and/or the service (as agreed with the professional psychology manager).
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee clinical psychologists.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling psychology, as appropriate.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
  • To carry out duties in relation to local, regional and national initiatives in developing services in the specialist area as opportunities arise.

  • Management, recruitment, policy and service development
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the services operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To manage the workloads of assistant and graduate psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant/graduate psychologists.

  • IT responsibilities (other than those used for research)
  • To use computers to write reports and record data, including the use of statistical packages as part of psychological testing, research and assessment when needed. To be able to use research databases and advanced tools for analysis at both quantitative and qualitative levels

  • Research and service evaluation
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

  • General
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

  • To be noted:
    • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the postholder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.
    • This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.
    • The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.

    Person Specification



    • Doctoral level training or equivalent in Clinical Psychology specifically including models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
    • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council as a Clinical psychologist.


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



    • Experience of working in the NHS undertaking specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care 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
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology


    • Experience of working with patients with psychosis, personality disorder and/or PTSD presentations
    • Experience of working with asylum seekers and of providing therapy with the aid of interpreters
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.



    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


    Barnet Hospital, Springwell Centre

    Barnet Adult Psychology, Ground Floor (Level 2), The Springwell Centre, Barnet General Hospital, Wellhouse Lane


    EN5 3DJ

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