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Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist FTC

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: 6 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Barnet Hospital site,
£40,057 - £45,839 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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Clinical, Counselling or Health Psychologist, CBT or Family Therapist interested in working with older people (over 65s) to join our cohesive, supportive and well-established psychology team that is fully integrated into the multidisciplinary Barnet OP CMHTs and BMS.

Main duties of the job

This is on a temporary basis while we recruit to a permanent post. This is a varied role and, depending on experience, could involve psychological assessment, formulation and therapy work with older people with moderate to severe mental health needs in the CMHT, as well as neuropsychological assessment (if appropriate) and post-diagnostic work within the BMS. This role would suit a newly qualified, or more experienced, psychologist or therapist seeking development with guidance, alongside autonomy. Start date and work pattern can be negotiated.

Contact for further information Dr Ruth Lukeman or Dr Navreen Singh

Working for our organisation

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 Enfield, 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. BEH manages the renowned North London Forensic Services (NLFS) which delivers MH care across some of the prisons and provides MH services as HM Young Offenders Institutions in Aylesbury. We are rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC. We have also been appointed as the lead provider of forensic mental health services across North London managing the devolved New Models of care budget of £170m from 2018/19

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
  • 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.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a psychologist
  • Eligibility for Chartered Status with the BPS.
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.

Experience and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • 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.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of applying psychosocial approaches to challenging behaviour/BPSD
  • Experience of working with older people

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • 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
  • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff.
Desirable criteria
  • 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 legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary service setting.
  • 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.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of commitment to the provision of high-quality person-centred care for older people and people with dementia across care settings.
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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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Ruth Lukeman
Job title
Clinical Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
020 8702 6188
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