Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Applications for secondment or preceptorship are welcome

This is a new permanent role created to help us deliver our plans to transform our community mental health services, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. The transformation of our community mental health services will lead to truly integrated health and social care for adults in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey who have serious mental illness.

Our transformation plans are supported by £25m in funding and will mean the roll-out over the next few years of multi-disciplinary teams of experts working within the new Primary Care Networks and offering wraparound, holistic care to our service users and wider community. Our aim is to support the whole person as they live with, or recover from, mental illness and to offer them support with other challenges they may face, such as debt, relationship problems, housing, education or training. We will also focus resources on reaching those who currently face obstacles in getting the help they need.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to take a key role in service development in Haringey Community Services. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan for Mental Health Haringey Community Services are committed to developing a Trauma Informed approach to the delivery of care. You will work with the Consultant Psychologist Trauma Informed Lead to support the development and implementation of a trauma informed system of care across community services. The role will include offering training, staff supervision and reflective practice; supporting the development of co-production; leading on a programme of audit and evaluation; and supporting the embedding of trauma informed principles in clinical and team practice.

This is an opportunity to support Haringey Community Services in transforming the way that our organisation works for staff and those who use our services. We aim to develop a trauma informed model that works for Haringey and co-produce a training and consultation programme to support the embedding of trauma informed principles across the division.

0.3wte (1.5 days) of your time will have a clinical focus working in our newly developed multi-disciplinary service for those with mental health difficulties and adult autism. You will work under the supervision of our Haringey Psychology Lead designing and delivering the psychological aspects of the intervention programme.

About us

At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Community and Mental Health Trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

The Trust's values are:
  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Being Positive
  • Working together

By coming to work at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust you will be joining a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for a detailed overview of the job.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • 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
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical or Counselling psychologist.
  • Completion of clinical psychology supervisors training or be eligible to undertake it.
  • Post graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychotherapy practice.
  • Accreditation in Trauma focused model of therapy (particularly Trauma focused CBT, EMDR or Narrative Exposure Therapy)
  • Training in Trauma Informed models of care
  • Training in psychological approaches to working with adults with Autism
Experience & Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological therapy 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 including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Multi-disciplinary team working and involvement in developing Risk management plans and supporting care of service users.
  • letion of at least two years post-qualification supervised clinical experience with the related client group.
  • Experience of the application of therapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working systemically with MDT to promote quality and better outcomes for service users.
  • Experience of applying psychosocial approaches to challenging behaviour/BPSD
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • An ability to formulate and provide treatment within one main psychological model and the experience and knowledge of at least two other approaches to psychological intervention.
  • Advanced postgraduate level knowledge of psychological therapy including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Skills in 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.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of neuropsychological testing and skill in the administration of psychometric tests
  • 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).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Committed to equal opportunities
  • Is able to work using a non-judgemental manner
  • Contribute to improving the quality of life for service users

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