Meet Helen, consultant and clinical psychologist and psychological therapies lead for Haringey

It really does help our staff to feel that they can understand some of the more complex presentations. That means that the overall work of the team, I think, gets a boost. My name's Helen Brindley. I'm a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Psychological Therapist Lead for Haringey. I work for Barnet Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. We have the opportunity to use the Tavistock to be one of the organizations who provides the training experiences and CPD opportunities for our staff. We send staff to do a range of different courses at the Tavistock, and we also send a range of staff from across all of our different disciplines, so psychologists and other psychological therapists and care coordinators including nurses, social workers, and occupational therapists.

I suppose ultimately what we're aiming to do is to make sure that we provide the best quality care that we can do for our group of patients. That includes our young patients with a CAMHS service, through our adult services right away through to mental health services for older people. The way that we can best insure that we provide good quality service for our patients is to make sure that our staff have the best training possible and that they have good continuing professional development opportunities, which is what I think we're able to get from the Tavistock. My background is in psychoanalytic approaches and the Tavistock, given their expertise in that area, certainly have the best experience in London in terms of providing that sort of experience. I think if we want to give our staff a richer and more deeper understanding of their patients, the work that the Tavistock does really helps them to provide or to have a more solid understanding of the individuals that they're working with. I think it makes a big difference to patient care.

Helen Brindley – Consultant and clinical psychologist and psychological therapies lead for Haringey

Helen commissions training for her team at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust. Helen is consultant and clinical psychologist and psychological therapies lead for Haringey, and responsible for commissioning training for mental health services at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey NHS Trust. She commissions training from the Tavistock for a range of staff from across a number of different disciplines, including psychologists and other psychological therapists; and care coordinators including nurses, social workers, and occupational therapists.

In this video, she explains why, in her view, the Tavistock provides the best psychotherapy-led training for health professionals.

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