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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £52,849 a year Per annum, inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity of joining our innovative Barnet Personality Disorder Team as a Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist .

Our service offers direct treatment using the Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) model, in addition the service provides Consultation & Liaison to support mental health services for adults across the borough.

Our team is an active member of the National KUF HUB and is providing regular training across BEH.

As part of the nationwide transformation of community mental health services, our team is working closely with the Barnet Psychology Hub, who provide psychological assessment and intervention to patients across the borough and offers psychologist's access to supervision and further training.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide psychological treatment, including assessment, treatment and evaluation of group and individual work for patients within Barnet Personality Disorder Team
  • Undertake assessment of emotional and psychological needs of patients referred to the team
  • Formulate and implement appropriate treatment plans and provide Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT)
  • Liaise with other professionals to contribute to the establishment of continuity of care across the service
  • Undertake the supervision of students and staff.
  • Undertake psychological/research/audit as per the Trust research strategy
  • To undertake delegated management responsibilities when needed

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust provides local, regional and national award-winning healthcare services. We have more than 3.300 staff working out of 20 main sites serving a population of 1.2 million people. We provide community health services and mental health services for young people, adults and older people. 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.

We are an organisation that is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; one that prides itself in developing the leadership capabilities of its employees, looking after their health and wellbeing, creating safe spaces for staff to speak up and providing opportunities to mentor and be mentored. Our employees are the reason for delivering Good CQC ratings, excellent outcomes and outstanding patient experiences, so it is our aim to create a happy and healthy working environment where you can thrive and succeed.

You will be joining a dynamic and creative multidisciplinary team with a high level of different skills sets. Our aim is to provide high-quality clinical interventions within the context of trauma- informed- care and you will have the opportunity to contribute towards the development and growth of psychological treatment pathways for people with complex emotional needs.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached Job description and Person Specification for main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification Essential /Skills Abilities Essential
  • Doctoral level training or equivalent in Clinical Psychology specifically including models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council as a Clinical psychologist.
  • Experience of working in the NHS undertaking 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic setting
  • 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.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Completed MBT training
  • Training in a specialist model of therapy for psychosis, personality disorder, or PTSD
  • Experience of working with patients with personality disorder and/or PTSD presentations.
  • Experience of working with asylum seekers and of providing therapy with the aid of interpreters.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. psychosis, trauma, 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 experience of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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