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Practice Development Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Core Community Teams)
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
£52,093 - £58,186 per annum (inc Outer London HCAS) pro rata
Salary period
05/12/2021 23:59
Interview date
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. 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, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Job overview

We are looking for highly motivated clinicians interested in innovating care and treatment for young adults aged 18-25 years as part of our Community Transformation.

These are new permanent roles created to help us deliver our plans to transform our community mental health services, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.  The transformation of our community mental health services will lead to truly integrated health and social care for adults in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey who have serious mental illness.

Our transformation plans are supported by £25m in funding and will mean the roll-out over the next three years of multi-disciplinary teams of experts working within the new Primary Care Networks and offering wraparound, holistic care to our service users and wider community.  Our aim is to support the whole person as they live with, or recover from, mental illness and to offer them support with other challenges they may face, such as debt, relationship problems, housing, education or training.  We will also focus resources on reaching those who currently face obstacles in getting the help they need.

Main duties of the job

These posts are within the adult community locality teams providing mental health clinical expertise by consultation, training, supervision.  The post holder will lead colleagues in their delivery of transition support to young adults aged 17.5years - 25years, work with other relevant agencies, as well as delivering highly specialist psychological and systemic assessment and treatment for young adults and their families aged 17.5years - 25years.  The post holder will have close links with CAMHS, Adult Mental health Services and the VCS where the keyworkers will be co-located. 

The post holder will need a multiplicity of transferable skills to cover a wide range of activities including changes in practice across child and adult services and the ability to support, supervise, lead and train both clinical and non-clinical practitioners.

The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that all Trust Safeguarding policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in line with these policies.

Working for our organisation

At Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Community and Mental Health Trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

The Trust’s values are:

  • Compassion
  • Respect
  • Being Positive
  • Working together

By coming to work at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust you will be joining 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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Post Graduate Doctorate in Clinical (or Family of) Psychology (or equivalent) or Systemic Family Therapy (or equivalent) or Psychotherapy and registration with the HCPC or UKCP.
  • Registered professional with evidence of working at senior level within the NHS in both child and adult services.
Desirable criteria
  • Qualifications/ training in specialist skills e.g. systemic therapies, neuropsychology CBT, NVR, DBT

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist or Systemic Family or Psychotherapist for a minimum of two years and relevant experience for transition to Highly Specialist/ 8a
  • Experience of working in a multi-ethnic community and of working with interpreters
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching/training

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Communication skills - high level with regard to complex clients and multi-agency staff and networks.
  • Highly specialist psychological and/or systemic assessment and formulation skills

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to endure prolonged periods of concentration for extended client therapy sessions.
  • Able to sit in constrained positions for a substantial period of working time
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Tina Read
Job title
Trust Wide Lead for CAMHS
Email address
Telephone number
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