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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or OT or Social Worker or RMN

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum pro rata (inc Outer London HCAS)
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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This post involves close working with clinicians in Primary Care Networks to assess, formulate and offer brief psychological interventions for clients with significant mental illness.

This key interface role between Primary Care and Secondary Mental Health Services will provide assessment and brief interventions for clients presenting with a wide range of mental health needs who have traditionally fallen through the gap between primary and secondary care mental health services.

The post-holder will provide dedicated support and presence within primary care settings, to both work with clients and offer advice for primary care colleagues to plan appropriate and timely interventions.

You will be able to deliver brief, evidence-based psychological interventions as appropriate under the supervision of a clinical psychologist. The role involves ongoing weekly training to develop a broad range of skills to work with many diverse presentations.

This role will require developing and maintaining an effective interface with Clinicians in secondary Mental Health Services, including the team Locality Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychological Therapy Pathway leads.

A key part of the role is to build long-term relationships and improve communications with Primary Care colleagues, Voluntary Care Sector colleagues and Community Mental Health Services.

Note: Interviews will take place on 18th October 2022.

Main duties of the job

  • Undertake high quality assessments, formulations and where appropriate psychological interventions
  • Ensuring there are no 'cliff edges' or 'gaps in services' in provision of mental health care and support, which requires an approach to working with clients based on their current mental health needs rather than diagnoses
  • To facilitate timely referrals into Secondary Mental Health services, IAPT, Haringey Wellbeing Network, Haringey Safe Haven and other and other local community
  • To promote the physical health of clients with mental illness by working closely with Primary Care Colleagues and the Physical Health Check Service for clients with a Severe Mental Illness.
  • Provide care and treatment to clients and their carers with a service that is culturally sensitive and gives due consideration to any special needs and ensure these are of the highest standard in terms of fair access, equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory
  • Engage with clients in primary care who for various reasons do not engage with Secondary mental health services

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 more detailed view of the roles.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Clinical / Counselling Psychologist (either qualified or having completed all clinical placements and at the stage where they are due to submit their final thesis) or Registered Mental Health Nurse or Social Worker or Occupational Therapist with evidence of further post-registration education and training in at least one psychological model of therapy
  • Relevant qualifications in more than one psychological therapy model (either individual or group). Teaching and assessing in clinical practice or teaching equivalent.
  • Understanding of and ability to develop, promote and maintain equal opportunities in all areas of work.
  • Ability to work flexibly
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of working with complex adult presentations in the community.
  • Knowledge of and interest in psychological treatment approaches to working with complex presentations.
  • Experience of developing, leading and maintaining effective working relationships with external partners to include Primary Care, Social Care and the Third sector
  • Experience of undertaking assessments of clients with complex presentations
  • Experience of determining suitability for psychological approaches, Consultation / Liaison work
  • Training and experience of using psychological approaches: (CBT, SCM, CAT, Psy chodynamic, DIT, MBT, Systemic)
  • Experience of group work
  • Experience of the Supervision process and ability to offer effective supervision to staff at different levels
  • Experience of delivering training to different disciplines and professions.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Understanding of statutory policy relating to mental health care delivery incl. Care Programme Approach, Care Act and the Mental Health Act.
  • Knowledge of and ability to work as part of a multi-professional team as a lead clinician and role model.
  • Ability to assess, formulate and offer brief interventions (where appropriate) or to link clients in to relevant services to meet their needs.
  • Ability to set, monitor and evaluate standards for quality within the service
  • Ability undertake evidence-based interventions with people suffering from a range of mental health problems
  • Knowledge of and ability to work as part of a multi-professional team as a lead clinician and role model.
  • Ability to work effectively in crisis situations in order to maintain the safety of both staff and clients.
  • Ability to teach staff and provide advice and support to other agencies / professionals.
  • Experience of effective communication with other key stakeholders at a variety of levels
  • Ability to demonstrate a creative and flexible approach to staff managing and in delivering a high standard of care.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Team working skills,
  • Interpersonal skills and written and verbal skills

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