Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist FREED Champion Role

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

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CBT Therapist / Other
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a candidate to work in one of the largest Eating Disorder services in the country which was featured in the Louis Theroux documentary Talking to Anorexia as our FREED (First Episode Rapid Early Intervention in Eating Disorders) Champion.

We are looking for a friendly and motivated Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or a CBT Therapist to join our Psychological Therapies team who are responsible for providing evidence-based assessment and treatment to patients across all parts of the service, with an additional specialist role of leading the FREED early intervention pathway.

Job share options will be considered.

Main duties of the job

As a successful candidate, you will be working predominantly in the Outpatient Service which is a multidisciplinary team of Psychiatry, Psychology, Community Liaison Nursing, Dieticians, Occupational Therapy, Family Therapy and Peer Support Workers.

As the FREED Champion you will lead a 'mini-team' of multidisciplinary professionals whilst managing and delivering the FREED Pathway. This will include provide early assessment and intervention to clients aged 18-25 with eating disorders with an onset in the last three years. You will attend FREED specific training and receive additional FREED supervision. You will contribute to the national FREED project by collecting, analysing and reporting FREED data and will collaborate with a range of external agencies and professionals in the development of the FREED service at St Ann's Eating Disorder Service.

You will also be offering individual and group cognitive behavioural therapy to patients presenting with a range of eating disorders. You will receive weekly supervision from a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or BABCP accredited Psychologist, attend fortnightly CPD sessions arranged for the Psychological Therapies Team as well as a monthly Clinical Improvement Group where the whole service meets on a monthly basis and a monthly reflective practice group.

About us

The Eating Disorders Service at St Ann's Hospital in Haringey provides comprehensive care for patients 18 years old and above with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder providing services to a catchment area that includes North Central London, North East London and parts of Essex.

The service includes Outpatient Services, Community Liaison Services, a Day Programme and a 20-bedded inpatient ward in a newly built state of the art mental health building. The Outpatient Service and Day Programme are also housed in a newly renovated, purpose designed unit.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are looking for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT therapist with experience of providing CBT individually and in groups, and who works well in a team whilst offering autonomous treatment to patients on their caseload.

You will be providing evidence-based eating disorders treatment to patients with an eating disorder diagnosis both individually and in groups.

Please see the attached job description for further details.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychology (or BPS accredited equivalent), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS. To be registered with the HCPC, in the process of registering for HCPC, or applying for HCPC registration on completion of training course.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients in outpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of presenting problems and 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 the application of psychological therapies in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with people with eating disorders.
  • Excellent 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.
  • The ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

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