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Trauma Focussed Therapist - 1 year, 0.6WTE

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year Prorata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Part Time
Do you enjoy working with complex PTSD? Are you qualified and experienced in the delivery of trauma focussed therapies? Well, this might be the role for you!

The Haringey cPTSD pathway is looking for a suitably qualified mental health professional to see service users from our waiting list for trauma focussed therapy. This will be a band 8a post and ideally three days a week (0.6) for a year. But we are open to other options for right candidate.

You will be part of a well functioning, creative and dynamic multidisciplinary team and attend weekly team meetings to received support and advice regarding your patients, so they are held by the team rather than just by you as an individual.

You would have access to regular specialist clinical supervision. We might ask for you to get involved in other team responsibilities from time to time for example carrying out assessment or providing specific training/consultation around trauma.

Main duties of the job

The cPTSD pathway provides a phased treatment program for service users presenting with complex, comorbid PTSD symptoms. Treatment modules include values based behavioural activation, group psycho-education work and trauma focused therapies including Narrative Exposure Therapy, EMDR and Trauma Focused CBT.

The post will involve::

Delivering specialist trauma focused therapy to service users within Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) pathway.

Attending weekly team meetings to discuss your service users to keep the team informed and ensure a team based and MDT approach to the care of your service users therefore a shared responsibility for care of service users.

Contribute to wider discussions (e.g. in team meetings) about clinical cases and the strategic and operational functioning of the team.

Other duties as needed especially in relation to your service users e.g. linking with the crisis team, liaising with external agencies, assessments.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To attend and engage in regular supervision (receiving) for your trauma focused therapy cases.

You may be asked to offer assessments/consultations with regards to the service users under the pathway, either individually with other members of the MDT.

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


Service user (if applicable) (both direct and indirect)

1. To be responsible for implementing trauma focused therapy for individuals, adjusting and refining psychological formulations, drawing upon explanatory models, and maintaining several provisional hypotheses.

2. Being open to offering specialist PTSD and general assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

3. If assessing, to formulate and implement plans for the formal treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, to evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors.

4. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

5. To provide specialist psychological advice and consultation regarding PTSD management and treatment to other members of staff, and to clients to assist in formulation diagnosis and treatment plans when required.

6. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychotherapeutically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

7. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for service users assessed and in treatment.

8. To communicate highly complex and potentially highly contentious information in a highly skilled and sensitive manner in situations with service users 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 and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

People (HR) Management

1. To receive regular clinical supervision from a specialist clinician.

2. To gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to PTSD and/or the service as agreed with the service manager.

3. To provide advice, consultation and informal training in PTSD to staff working with individuals and groups across a range of agencies in team meetings.

Information Management

1. To be able to send and receive email, including attachments.

2. To be able to competently use a word processing package

3. To be able to use a database package.

4. To use computers to write reports and record data.

Service Development

1. To offer views around the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, in team meetings or other contexts (one to one discussions with team staff).

2. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature, and research to support evidence-based practice in your work.

Effort, Mental and Environment

1. 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.

2. To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychotherapy across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective psychotherapy practitioner, taking part in regular clinical supervision and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychotherapy, other psychological therapies and related disciplines.

3. 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 relevant professional body and Trust policies and procedures.

4. 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.

Person Specification



  • Training in Trauma focused model of therapy (particularly Trauma focused CBT, EMDR or Narrative Exposure Therapy)
  • Registration/accreditation with an appropriate professional body


  • Doctoral level training or equivalent in Clinical or Counselling Psychology including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Post graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychotherapy practice.



  • Experience of working with service users with complex PTSD presentations particularly those with adult experience of torture or domestic violence and/or with childhood histories of abuse or neglect
  • Experience of working substantially with Trauma focused therapy models
  • Experience of PTSD assessment and specialist assessment and treatment of a wide variety of client groups 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 a multi-disciplinary environment.


  • Qualification/accreditation in a trauma focused model of therapy.
  • Experience of developing therapeutic approaches and treatment programs in response to service user need.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working with asylum seekers and of providing therapy with the aid of interpreters



  • An ability to formulate and provide treatment within one main psychological model of trauma therapy.
  • Skills in psychological assessment, intervention, and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Awareness and/or experience of multi-cultural issues in the delivery of psychological therapies.


  • The experience and knowledge of at least two approaches to psychological intervention including with service users with cPTSD.
  • 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.).
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Advanced postgraduate level knowledge of psychological therapy including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology. High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.



  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Committed to equal opportunities
  • Is able to work using a non-judgmental manner
  • Contribute to improving the quality of life for service users

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


St Anns Hospital

St Anns Road


N15 3TH

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