Clinical Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join the Integrated Community Learning Disability Service in Barnet (BLDS) due to the retirement of a long standing team member.

BLDS is an MDT which includes varied Psychology provision for the assessment and intervention for people with a learning disability their families and supporters across the borough.

The MDT is based at the council headquarters in Colindale and clinical space for psychology and psychiatry is hosted in High Barnet. The MDT work a flexible pattern of office and home based working and flexible hours and patterns are possible.

The post holder will provide specialist assessment and intervention to individuals, support staff and families known to BLDS and will support the development of the service. Previous experience of working with people with a learning disability using positive behavior support approaches would be advantageous.

We welcome applications from enthusiastic, highly-motivated and resourceful individuals who are keen to work as part of a team.

*Whilst this post is a full time position, applicants able to offer part time hours in excess of WTE 0.6 (3 days per week) may be considered. Please state in the supporting information if part time hours are sought.

* Candidates awaiting HCPC registration are eligible to apply though may be unable to commence in post subject to registration confirmation.

Main duties of the job

  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings
  • To provide specialist assessments for psychological treatment with clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care, when and where appropriate.

  • Please note interviews will be held on the 31st August 2022.

    About us
    Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Barnet. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, 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 registered for, and actively pursuing, the Statement of Equivalence in Clinical Psychology.
    • Registration with the Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist
    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of specialist psychological 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
    • Experience of work with people with significant learning disabilities in community settings
    • Experience of working with people with autism and/ or severe learning disabilities
    • Experience of working with people whose behaviour challenges
    • Experience of receiving and providing supervision.
    • Experience of the application of clinical or counselling psychology in different cultural contexts.
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • Skilled in the use of complex methods of 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.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology
    • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff.
    Other Essential
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
    • Willing to undertake a clinical supervision training (short course) sufficient to be able to supervise doctoral trainees.
    • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary service setting.

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