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Barnet CAMHS Lead Psycologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 Per annum
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a new challenge? Would you like to join a warm, welcoming and inclusive team dedicated to providing flexible, creative, person-centered and evidence-based support to children and young people who are struggling with moderate to severe emotional difficulties?

If so, a fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Band 8b Psycology lead to work across the Barnet CAMHS Teams based at the Holly Oak Clinic, Edgware Community Hospital.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:

Take a lead role, in partnership and collaboration with senior clinicians across disciplines, for developing psychological therapy pathways and model-driven interventions for children, young people and their families/carers in a community CAMHS setting. Take delegated management responsibility for appraisals and ensuring supervision arrangements are in place for the psychology staff within the borough CAMHS service. Lead the monthly Psychology Meeting. Deputise for the CAMHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist in their absence.

Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological therapy practice within the borough service, in collaboration and under the supervision of the Head of Psychological Therapies. Utilise research skills for audit, policy, and service development and research.

Propose and implement policy changes within the borough-based CAMHS service and Trust-wide CAMHS forums.

Barnet CAMHS Psychology

This post is located within the multidisciplinary CAMHS 0-18 service, delivering generic and neurodevelopmental assessments and interventions to families living within the borough of Barnet.

About us

he 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.
  • 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

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which is the lead provider of forensic mental health services that managed the devolved New Models of care budget, it delivers MH care across some of the prisons, and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification by clicking on the JD/PS attachment in the advert.

Person Specification



  • Postgraduate doctoral level training in clinical (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, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Or - postgraduate doctoral level training in counselling psychology - within the remit outlined above.
  • Completed recognised clinical / counselling psychology supervisor training.
  • Registration with the HCPC.


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more specialised area of psychological practice.



  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist in community CAMHS settings.
  • Extensive experience of providing psychological therapies to children, young people, and their families with a wide range of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with children, young people and their families/carers and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings, 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a clinician and also within the context of a multidisciplinary team/care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training, and consultation.
  • Experience of offering clinical supervision to clinical psychologists, clinical psychologists in training, and individuals of other disciplines conducting psychological therapy.


  • Experience of assessing and treating children, young people, and their families across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of administration and interpretation of CAMHS psychometric tests/measures including ADOS 2/3Di.
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapies in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of service development.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychologically based assessment, intervention, and management - frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Well-developed skills in and the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and 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. Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the psychological therapies' fields. Knowledge of legislation in relation to children, young people, safeguarding and mental health. Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC or other relevant professional body Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff.


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies, specifically on relation to specialist clinical areas within child and adolescent services (e.g., children with autistic spectrum disorders, the treatment of OCD/PTSD presentations in this population, etc.)



  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to children, young people, families and carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours. 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. Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings. Interest in developing and delivering new models of service delivery.

Employer details

Employer name

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust


Holly Oak, Edgware Community Hospital



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