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Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling)

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Younger Adults
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 30 hours per week
Job ref
Community Locality Teams - St Ann's, Springfield or Lucas House
£45,024 - £50,806 per annum (inc Outer London HCAS)
Salary period
05/12/2021 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 highly motivated clinicians interested in developing 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

To provide highly specialist psychological and systemic assessments of clients aged 18-25 years accessing Adult Mental Health services, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including:  assessments of attachment security; neuro-psychological considerations; self-report measures; rating scales; direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, their family and carers, and others, for example social workers, involved in the client’s care.  

The delivery of care and treatment will be agile and flexible designed to meet the specific needs if young adults who may find it difficult to access Mental health Services.  As such the postholders will work in community settings and in partnership with other organisations in young people’s network.

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
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), 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 HCPC as a clinical psychologist.
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of young adults across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience of working in a Mental health setting.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in consultation and collaboratively with Social Care Teams.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.

Knowledge and Skills

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.
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).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • A positive approach to working with children, adolescents and families.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Willingness to work flexibly. An awareness of own strengths and limitations
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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 Service Lead
Email address
Telephone number
NHS Choices

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