Forensic/Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
West Drayton, Middlesex
£46,836 to £52,849 a year per annum inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Clinical/Forensic Psychologist North London Forensic Service Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre (HIRC) Band 7 Or Band 6 Psychologist due to qualify within 12 months of starting the post.

Are you looking for somewhere to establish your career in Mental Health or perhaps looking for a change? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your clinical skills and trauma-informed practice? The North London Forensic Service is recruiting a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join our team at the Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre (HIRC). We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic clinical/forensic Psychologist to join our diverse and innovative team.The successful candidate will support the provision of psychological interventions at the HIRC. This will include the provision of highly specialist and expert psychological assessment and interventions, in addition to offering supervision, training and reflective practice to psychology staff and other clinicians within the mental health team, as appropriate. You will also work with the Lead Psychologist to support the development and implementation of a trauma informed system of care.

Interview: Week commencing 6th Feb 2023

Main duties of the job

The post holder would provide a range of assessments and interventions as part of a multidisciplinary team leading on the delivery of psychology within the team. The role includes direct clinical work (including group work), as well as consultation and training with colleagues and other professionals. The ethos of the service is based on recovery and enablement with focus on individual service user needs. These posts require a high level of written and verbal communication skills as well as an ability to engage well with agencies, colleagues, and service users, often conveying complex or sensitive information. The roles would also include supervision of more junior psychological staff.

About us

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health 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.

BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS), rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. This service treats and cares for people within the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions.

We also provide one of the largest eating disorder services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services and mental health liaison services in North Middlesex University Hospitals Trust.

Our values and quality improvement are at the heart of everything we do, please consider joining us.

It is an exciting time to join the Service as we embed trauma-informed and co-produced care across the service and conduct a range of QI and research projects to help our learning and processes. This role would suit you if you are interested in attachment focused and trauma-informed approaches to considering human distress, trauma and complex behaviours. There are a range of training, CPD and research opportunities available for you to develop your skills in this area; we have recently trained staff in Schema-Focused Therapy and EMDR.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification by clicking on the JD/PS attachment in the advert

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology. Or Masters or doctoral level training in forensic psychology and completion of competencies.
  • Registration with HCPC.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, which can include outpatient, community, primary care, inpatient and prison settings.
  • Experience of working in a mental health/forensic setting.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skilled 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.
  • Skill in the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in working with long term mental health conditions and/or forensic settings.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists/junior colleagues.
  • Flexible, engaging and approachable who can work quickly and responsively with both clients and the multidisciplinary team.
  • Creative in approach as well as reflective about their own practice.
  • 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 in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.

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