Principal Clinical Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£59,731 to £68,829 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Nov 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated individual to join our established team of older people's psychologists in Barnet, to make a significant contribution to the development and operation of a new service as part of the NHS long-term plan for transforming mental health services. You will be working closely with statutory services, Primary Care Networks and partnership agencies from voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs). The aim will be to develop a service that links mental health needs between primary and secondary care provision, while maximising working relationships with VCSEs to ensure clients receive seamless services, delivered in the most appropriate and suitable setting in a timely manner. While there will be essential clinical psychology interventions drawing from assessment, formulation and evidence-based treatments, a key aspect of the clinical role, will be service development, sharing psychosocial skills with colleagues, including those employed in the VCSEs, to assist in delivering evidence-based psychologically informed interventions such as therapeutic groups. You will be part of the Community Mental Health Teams' Psychology Service, where you will receive management and clinical supervision, as well as peer support. The position would suit an experienced clinical psychologist looking for an exciting clinical challenge involving service development.

Main duties of the job

A key aspect of this role will be service development through working closely with the mental health transformation programme. You will work with key staff within BEH employed to transform services as well as VCSEs and PCNs within the borough of Barnet in order to develop the provision of psychologically informed services to better meet needs of older people in the community. This will involve actively developing frameworks and pathways to services; managing/supervising junior members of team; working jointly with VCSE staff to deliver psychologically informed groups and providing supervision to support individual interventions, thereby creating joined up pathways between providers. To contribute to the development of the evaluation process across the borough, including identifying appropriate outcome measures, collecting and analysing the data and disseminating findings to key stake holders within BEHMHT and local VCSEs.

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

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 & Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology and two or more distinct psychological therapies as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience & Knowldge Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and intervention/treatment of people across the full range of care settings.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience in older people through having received a regular clinical supervision working as a specialist clinical psychologist.
  • Experience of issues specific to older people presenting with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of service development and management
  • Experience of using systemic approaches.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies to treat individuals with complex needs.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Flexibility and versatility in order to work effectively with the wide range of individual needs encountered in a service for Older People.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary service setting and establish constructive working relationships across services and care agencies.
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.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary service setting.

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