Clinical Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
17 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is unique opportunity to contribute to setting up and delivering an innovative pilot for 0-25 year olds at risk of or affected by youth violence. This role is part of the North Central London Vanguard commissioned by NHS England to develop and mobilise a model of care for children and young people involved in or at risk of serious youth violence. The service adopts a holistic and integrated approach which draws largely on community psychology, narrative and attachment based principles to deliver creative, accessible and community based interventions for marginalized children and young people.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will hold a central role in providing assessments and adapted evidence based psychological interventions in community based settings. The role involves working closely with the team, families and multi-agency professionals to improve emotional and holistic well-being for children and young people. Alongside more individual clinical work, the service works across multiple levels, seeking to shift how the wider system perceives and works with young people, hoping to address inequalities to create sustainable change. The postholder will have opportunities to offer consultation to non-psychologist colleagues, professionals and carers within the young people's network. The postholder will contribute to providing clinical leadership across the service, working closely with all team members in ensuring the delivery of highly innovative and adaptive evidence-based care. There will be opportunities to work alongside young people with lived experience to coproduce creative activities and social action projects. Embracing new ways of working will be key, as the model constantly evolves to respond to the needs and aspirations of young people it serves. The postholder will be required to utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research in order to evaluate the service and provide evidence for further service development.

Please note interviews will take place on 29-Aug-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. This post will sit in the community arm of the Specialist Services Division of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. The Specialist Services Division also incorporates the North London Forensic Service for a wide catchment area, namely Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, Camden & Islington. The psychological therapies provision covers a wide spectrum of services including admission and intervention inpatient care in both medium and low secure services, specialist outreach services, consultation with probation services and psychological input to specialist prison programmes. The service inputs to several large prisons in the London area, works with Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police units and provides diversion services from local courts. The service offers consultation and liaison and diversion in Threat Assessment services including FTAC, STAC and CTVSH. The department has strong links with psychology training courses, both clinical and forensic, providing regular placements to a number of trainees and students. The catchment area is exceptionally ethnically diverse with a high level of psychiatric morbidity and social deprivation.

Job description Job responsibilities


  • To offer specialist, highly flexible and innovative assessment to young people and occasionally their families and/or refer a young person to other services as appropriate. This may include risk assessment, and subsequent risk management, with the provision of specialist advice for other professionals
  • To formulate and implement highly specialised and innovative plans for the psychological treatment and/or management of a young persons mental health needs; be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals and groups and to evaluate and make decisions about the intervention options available. This will involve interpretation and integration of complex psychological data and competing or contradictory theories/hypotheses from professionals from other agencies
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and intervention approaches of young people and to monitor progress
  • To act as a lead professional, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans. This will involve offering staff from other agencies guidance on mental health
  • To act in a consultative capacity for staff across the partnership and other agencies concerning the psychological issues relating to the young people known to the service
  • To contribute in an active way to the network of services for young offenders and to ensure the co-ordination of services provided. This will involve working closely with colleagues from other agencies
  • To manage and supervise clinical posts as appropriate, including professionals from a non-mental health background
  • To engage in clinical audit and maintain appropriate records of work
  • Consider ways in which child and young adult mental health provision may develop within the service.

Consultation, Teaching, Training, and Supervision
  • To provide consultation and training to other professionals within the unit developing understanding of psychological interventions; which will assist with day to day clinical practice.
  • To provide consultation and training to external services as required.
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • 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 junior team members.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical 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 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.
  • Communicate both verbally and in written format regarding complex and sensitive information.
  • Communication with the MDT regarding care and treatment planning
  • Communication regarding supervision and consultation with other staff.
  • Communication with colleagues from health and other services regarding the provision of psychological assessment and intervention for service users.

Patient/Customer Care
  • Much of the day to day role will involve direct contact with service users and consultation to staff both within and external to the service. Providing direct clinical input as described above and communicating with the wider team regarding the treatment provided.

People (HR) Management
  • Supervision of trainee and student psychologists when on placement, and assistant psychologists, if required.

Information Management
  • Responsible for keeping good quality clinical records that comply with data protection legislation and Trust policies and protocols.
  • Produce reports following each assessment and intervention.

Service Development
  • To work closely with clinicians, youth workers and young people to develop the service to ensure that it meets the needs of the young people it serves
  • To contribute to the wider service development as required.
  • To contribute to service evaluation and peer review as required.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology.
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Qualification/training in Family Therapy.
  • Experience of working in an area relevant to this post, preferably CAMHS, YOT or a community-based adolescent team.
  • Evidence of a high level of competent and autonomous clinical practice.
  • Experience of Attachment/Mentalisation based approaches, Narrative Therapy or Community Psychology.
  • Experience of working in YOIs and/or prisons.
  • Skills in developing, managing and coordinating: psychological interventions with young people who do not initially seek help.
  • Working knowledge of at least two specialised psychological therapies for example CBT, Systemic Models etc.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and supervised practice of a specialist psychological therapy with gang involved young people in a community setting.
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a diverse team.
  • Ability to contain work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
  • Ability to carry out travel around the designated area of work and to work flexible and sometimes antisocial hours.
  • A genuine commitment to the vision, mission, values and beliefs of the service.

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