Divisional Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£83,159 to £95,354 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Band 8D
Contract Type
Full Time
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Enfield Division Lead for Psychology and Psychological Therapies - Band 8d

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior and highly experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Consultant Psychotherapist to oversee and develop the provision of psychological and psychologically informed mental health services in Enfield. You will work as part of the senior leadership team in Enfield to ensure delivery of first class psychologically informed mental health services. As part of the senior leadership team, you will play a key role in the quality of services as a whole and contribute to Divisional Management and Divisional Board meetings on a regular basis. You will also contribute to a Quality Improvement approach to services in the Division as well as promoting a responsive approach to supporting staff.

You will provide strong professional leadership across all of Enfield Division's mental health services such as Older and Younger adults, Urgent care services, CAMHS, Learning Disability and Health Psychology. You will be committed to maintaining a balance of expertise across modalities ensuring that there are clinicians within the borough with expertise across the main modalities offered within the core offer. You will hold responsibility for psychological therapy strategy and governance across the division leading a total of around 60 psychological therapists.

Main duties of the job

You will hold professional responsibility for the psychological therapies leads in CAMHS, Younger and Older Adults, LD pathways and Health Psychology. As well as providing management, direct supervision and consultation you will hold a small specialist caseload of complex patients.

As a Band 8d, you will report to the Divisional Managing Director and be professionally accountable to the Trust Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies.

Applicants must have substantial experience of working with complex, challenging and high risk presentations in secondary care services. You will be experienced in the assessment and treatment of people with complex presentations, be knowledgeable about evidence-based treatments, show leadership skills, and have well-developed supervision skills. An aptitude to work collaboratively and respectfully in multidisciplinary teams is essential.

You will ensure relevant application of Trust-wide recommendations from Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety and other relevant structures such as patient safety, safeguarding and patient experience. You will ensure the most important indices of service delivery, quality and safety are understood and examined locally, and then improved upon.

The closing date for applications is 19th August 2022 with interviews taking place on 8th September and 16th September 2022 .

About us

BEH is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. We provide a range of services for young people, adults and older people. These include enabling patients to overcome phobias, anxiety and coming to terms with bereavement or teenage pregnancy. It also has expert staff helping people to deal with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or the onset of dementia.

Job description Job responsibilities

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

You will also work with the Trust Head of Psychology and Psychological Therapies, other Borough and Specialist Services Psychological Therapies Leads, supporting them in their role and developing and promoting psychological services.

You will have operational professional responsibility for all lead psychological therapists.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • FOR CLINICAL / COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGISTS Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (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.
  • FOR PSYCHOTHERAPISTS Advanced Post-graduate level training in psychotherapy as accredited by the BPC, ACAT, UKCP, BACP (theoretical and therapeutic), and an ability to formulate and provide treatment within a specialised psychotherapeutic approach. To have had either training therapy or personal therapy as well as the prerequisite service user hours and supervision hours as outlined by the accrediting body.
  • Experience of supervising health psychologists and skills in working with physical health difficulties.
  • Significant experience of professional management of qualified psychological therapists.
  • Experience of representing the profession or service in local policy forums.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
PERSONAL Essential
  • Ability to contain, manage and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multiprofessional and uniprofessional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
OTHER Essential
  • 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.
  • A clear understanding of practical user involvement and empowerment both with individual clients and wider user representation and the implications of user research in the development of services.

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