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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist Preceptorship

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£46,836 to £59,796 a year Per annum pro rata inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
*£6,500 relocation package available (criteria applies)

The Psychology Service for Older People in Haringey has an opportunity for a committed, creative and versatile Clinical Psychologist to join our fantastic team for 4 days a week. This is a preceptorship post, with scope for a new/recently qualified clinical or counselling psychologist to join the service at band 7 and develop the competencies required to progress to band 8a. A preceptorship personal development plan will guide this progression, supporting the post-holder to build the skills and experience to equip them to take on the 8a role within an anticipated time frame of 18 months - 3 years. Staff wellbeing is important to us and we are open to considering flexible working arrangements.

Our team is embedded within Mental Health Services for Older People, where we have strong and rewarding relationships with our colleagues in the Community Mental Health Team for Older People, Specialist Dementia Service and Haringey Memory Service. There is scope to offer a wide range of interventions and we are looking for a team member who is confident to draw on a range of psychological models in their work in order to work with individuals, families and groups. This could include CBT, ACT, MBCT, psychodynamic and systemic approaches.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based in a small team of psychologist's working within Mental Health Services for Older People. The clinical service sees clients with a range of moderate-severe mental health difficulties and/or cognitive impairment and dementia, working with individuals, families and groups to deliver effective psychological interventions. This includes neuropsychological assessment to support differential diagnosis in Haringey Memory Service as well as post-diagnostic support for service users and their families/carers. There are also opportunities to work with teams and care systems providing support for people with dementia and BPSD, offering psychologically informed approaches to managing changes in behaviour.

We are privileged to work with a diverse population of older people, often with complex co-morbidities, and are committed to ensuring our service offers interventions that are accessible, meaningful and beneficial to the people we see. In line with the transformation agenda we are keen to develop links and co-production opportunities with voluntary and community services to ensure the networks of help available to older people in Haringey are guided by psychological principles and able to reach all those in need of mental health support.

About us

BEHMHT is 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. In Haringey, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care.

This is an opportunity to join a thriving innovative psychological therapies division in the Trust and we support team members to undertake further training and CPD which will enhance your skills and the work of our team. We have strong links with Clinical Psychology Training Courses at UCL, UEL and Royal Holloway and the post holder will be expected to supervise trainee clinical psychologists on placement in the service when the required competencies have been met.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification EDUCATION AND 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 of specialist psychological assessment and intervention/treatment of people across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, residential care homes 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.
  • Experience of working with people whose behaviour challenges
  • Experience of using systemic/family therapy approaches
  • Knowledge and experience of Open Dialogue
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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).

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