Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Counselling)

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Nov 2022

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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 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

To provide highly specialist psychological and systemic assessments of clients aged 18-25 years accessing Adult Mental Health services, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including: assessments of attachment security; neuro-psychological considerations; self-report measures; rating scales; direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, their family and carers, and others, for example social workers, involved in the client's care.
  • To support the internal training, further support (such as supervision) of team colleagues in their intervention with the young adults and their families.
  • To deliver specialist group based interventions including CBT,DBT.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress.
  • To identify and develop models of both assessing and working with families and young people.
  • Deliver training to a range of staff with differing levels of qualification and professional background.
  • Regularly update and maintain highly complex and confidential electronic records.
  • Responsible for the use of Trust computer systems.

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:



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

Are you interested in developing your career? Come along to our range of Open Days atBarnet, Enfield, and Haringey Mental Health Trust onto find out about the exciting roles availableand talk to #TeamBEH.
  • 10-October at St. Anns 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


Person Specification Education and qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a clinical 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 young adults across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Minimum 1 years' experience of working in a Mental health setting.
  • 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 working in consultation and collaboratively with Social Care Teams.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working in the NHS.
  • Skills 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.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
Personal qualities Essential
  • A positive approach to working with children, adolescents and families.
  • Willingness to work flexibly. An awareness of own strengths and limitations.
Other requirements Essential
  • A positive approach to working with children, adolescents and families.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Experience of group work.

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