Community Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Overview

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.

Are you interested in developing your career? Come along to our range of Open Days at Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health Trust on to find out about the exciting roles availableand talk to #TeamBEH.

10-October at St. Ann's Hospital, Tottenham N15 3TH

Or come to our Patient Information Day, find out about our vacancies and learn about our new transformation of services for the local community.

30-September at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Mayfield Road, N8 9LP

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Our transformation plans are supported by £25m in funding and will mean the roll-out over the next three 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

Main Duties of the Job

This is unique opportunity to contribute to setting up and delivering an innovative pilot, Step and Thrive, for working age adults (18 to 65 years old) who are impacted by severe and enduring mental health issues. Step and Thrive is a new pathway being developed as part of the community transformation of adult mental health services. This service will provide accessible, community-based support in the form of psychologically informed activities, groups and social spaces that address the holistic well-being needs (e.g. emotional, social, occupational, practical, etc.) that contribute to poor mental health. This is a co-produced service that blends psychological expertise alongside lived experience to ensure that support is accessible, relevant, and effective. The service draws largely on community psychology, narrative, trauma-informed and attachment-based principles. The service seeks to create community integration by working alongside community organisations and support people to access relevant and sustainable support outside of the NHS.

About us

Working for our Organisation

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

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or Counselling 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 Essential
  • Experience of working in an area relevant to this post, preferably Community Adult Mental Health Services and/or Service Innovation
  • Evidence of a high level of competent and autonomous clinical practice.
  • Experience of working within the different psychological models that are evidence based or are building an evidence base
  • Experience of delivering group based interventions
  • Understanding of monitoring outcomes
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Experience of service innovation and development
  • Experience of Community Psychology, Narrative Therapy or Attachment/Mentalisation based approaches
  • Experience of working in the community psychology based projects/services
Skills Essential
  • Skills in developing, managing and co-ordinating psychological interventions with adults experiencing severe mental health issues
  • Working knowledge of at least two specialised psychological therapies/approaches.
  • Knowledge of research methodology as practised within the mental health field
  • Knowledge of the theory and supervised practice of a specialist psychological therapy with adults in a community setting
  • Direct experience of working in a co-produced way
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
Personal Qualities Essential
  • 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 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 behavior
Other Essential
  • 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
  • A genuine commitment to the London Vanguard's ethos of partnership working across sectors and agencies

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