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Clinical/Counselling psychologist - PTSD

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Clinical/Counselling psychologist - PTSD
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Chase Farm Hospital
£45,024 - £50,806 inclusive of Outer London HCAS rate
Salary period
08/12/2021 23:59
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 an enthusiastic and motivated psychologist to join our specialist complex PTSD pathway. Enfield is a diverse borough, and we take pride in offering specialist, evidence based therapy to clients presenting with complex PTSD. We are a phase-based service, offering a PTSD Psychoeducation and Symptom Management group (in various languages) as well as individual trauma-focussed therapies e.g. Trauma-focussed CBT, NET and EMDR. We would welcome applicants who are trained and experienced in these modalities and will also support applications for further training where required. Specialist EMDR supervision is provided to the team by an experienced external supervisor.

Main duties of the job

The PTSD team currently sits within Enfield Therapy Service which is a secondary care stand-alone therapy service, however this role will be involved, as part of the wider team, in helping to adapt the existing service within the new transformation process. This process is in response to the NHS 10year plan to develop mental health services round the Primary Care Networks and provides new opportunities which include developing partnership working with the voluntary sector, working more closely with GP practices and developing more innovative, community based and holistic ways of working.

In the new service structure, the PTSD team will remain as a specialist team, offering specialist individual and group therapies, as well as supporting the wider adult pathway in developing more trauma-informed ways of working. We aim to work more closely with community organizations to better understand and meet the needs of populations who may currently be struggling to access services.

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call: Dr Becky Johnson, PTSD Lead, on 0208 702 5011 or email:

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.

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


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training or equivalent in Clinical or Counselling Psychology including two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council as a Clinical or Counselling psychologist.
Desirable criteria
  • Training in Trauma focused model of therapy (particularly Trauma focused CBT, EMDR or Narrative Exposure Therapy)


Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including community and inpatient settings and experience of working with complex PTSD
  • 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.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of offering trauma therapy with patients with complex PTSD presentations particularly those with adult experience of torture or domestic violence and/or with childhood histories of abuse or neglect
  • Experience of working with asylum seekers and of providing therapy with the aid of interpreters
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.


Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orall 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.
Desirable criteria
  • Able to speak a second language eg Turkish speaking
  • 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.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media 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.
  • Willing to undertake a clinical supervision training (short course) sufficient to be able to supervise doctoral trainees.
Desirable criteria
  • Personal experience of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rebecca Johnson
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0208 702 5011
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