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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist

Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year Per annum, inclusive of Outer London HCAS
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, Band 8a, with experience of working with psychosis in adult mental health settings to join our new Rehabilitation Service Pathway.

We recently opened a new Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, based at the Chase Farm Hospital site, however we are now also have a 'step-down' community home for people who are ready to move from this Unit while still requiring some further work to improve their recovery.

The Community Home offers a multi-disciplinary specialist rehabilitation service for people recovering from and coping with varying degrees of psychosis. It will form an integral part of the local adult mental health care pathway, working in partnership with key stakeholders.

The 'step-down' home will provide a range of skills based and social inclusion oriented interventions aimed at enabling individuals to regain functioning in key aspects of their lives and to manage their physical and mental health needs.

Individual residents will be supported to develop skills and confidence to face the challenges of stigma and (re) integrate into their local communities and where possible to rebuild family and social networks.

We encourage continuing professional development. The post-holder will be offered support to apply for Health Education England post graduate diploma or certificates in CBT for psychosis and/or personality disorders.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder is required to offer consultancy, assessment, formulation and treatment to a case load of people with highly complex presentations and ensure the systematic provision of high quality specialist psychology services, both by individual and group work.
  • To share skills and knowledge with MDT colleagues and promote psychological thinking within the MDT
  • To promote good professional standards of psychological provision with psychologists in the Psychosis Service Line through supervision and consultation.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice of team members and unqualified and qualified Band 7s and trainees within the service.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

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Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS. Registered with the with the HPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology. Eligibility for Chartered Psychologist status
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community/teams, primary care and in patient and day 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. Multi disciplinary team working and involvement in developing risk management plans and supporting care of service users.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts. Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team setting to promote quality and better outcomes for service users. Experience of running a range of groups/courses for service users with psychosis and their carers.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Knowledge and experience of using CBT for psychosis 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 nonprofessional groups. Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS. Formal training in supervision of psychologists.
  • 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. Competency in neuropsychological assessments.
Other Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia 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. IT skills including e-mail, word processing and basic databases.
  • Personal experience of mental health problems and/or personal therapy. Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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