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Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a

Band 8a

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Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a
Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
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£49,349 to £55,562 pa Incl Outer London HCAS
03/06/2019 23:59

Barnet Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust, providing both mental health and community services, is an organisation that is going places!

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Clinical Psychologist - Band 8a

We seek to recruit a Band 8a Clinical Psychologist to work within our acute care setting in Haringey St Ann’s hospital.

The Acute Care service comprises of 2 inpatient treatment wards, 1 assessment ward, and the crisis resolution and home treatment team (CRHTT).

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust have an exciting initiative within our acute care services and on our inpatient wards in particular. For two years we have worked to improve the care in our inpatient wards supported by our local commissioners who had provided additional funding for this post.

One initiative across the Trust has been for psychologists/ psychological therapies staff to support ward staff driven quality improvement projects; helping to deliver, evaluate and incorporate into daily practice.

We see therapeutic group work as an essential part of the work of the team. In Haringey psychologists/ psychological therapists have developed a daily inpatient ‘talking group’ for the treatment wards. This has been well used by patients and we are in the process of auditing how it has contributed to their use of psychological therapies post discharge. We extended this to the assessment ward service users on a once a week basis, a weekly Women’s group and intend to start a Men’s group to support service user recovery. We work closely with honorary clinicians training, eg from the IGA and IFT who both enrich and support our work.

The adult mental health service is working towards the Open Dialogue Approach, an innovative way of working, involving service user peers and the client’s own social network. We are taking part in a major research project into Open Dialogue (ODDESSI trial). The psychological therapies team for acute care are involved in this exciting development. Part of the post will be working with the Crisis resolution home treatment team who are also part of the trial and bringing this work into the wards.

These initiatives fit within our broader belief that evaluation and audit of our work is essential to enable reflective thought about what we deliver as well as evidencing the effect of different therapeutic approaches.

Within this context, we anticipate that the Band 8a psychologist along with other members of the psychological therapies team will also develop case formulation and reflective practice with the ward’s staff groups. They will also work with ward leaders to support adherence to a quality improvement structure.

The post holder will engage in clinical work, with individuals and the existing ward-based groups, fitting with the pattern of admission, as well as provide supervision for a trainee psychologist and to less experienced staff. They will also have the opportunity to maintain and develop their skills with long term work within community-based service users.

We are looking for an individual with good core clinical psychology skills, with a particular and demonstrated an interest in working within acute settings, familiarity with psychotic symptoms, with an interest and experience of therapeutic group work.

The post holder will join an enthusiastic group of acute care psychologists/ psychotherapists in Haringey and in Enfield and Barnet and have access to supervision both for your day to day work and also as a group working within a common goal across the three boroughs. Each borough has the capacity to offer specialist model supervision or to join specialist psychology care pathways as part of a CPD experience. The Psychological Therapies has a CPD program which you will be able to access. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with the wards to develop local Positive Behaviour Support champions.

Please contact Dr. Amanda Austen, Acute Care Lead Haringey, Systemic and Family Psychotherapist, Haringey inquiries,0208 702 6517,

Helen Brindley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Haringey Psychological Therapies Lead,0207029323.                                 

 Interview will be held on Wed 17th or 24th May 2019


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Amanda Austen, Acute Care Lead Haringey, Systemic Family Therapist, Haringey inquiries, 0208 702 6517,

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