Core team-Band 8a Senior Psychologists

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £66,718 a year inclusive of HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Islington Core and Primary Care Mental Health Network- Band 8a Senior Clinical Psychologist

This post is open to current Band 7 Psychologists and to trainee Clinical/Counselling psychologists due to qualify this year. This will be in the form of preceptorship with set criteria relevant to the post reviewed in order to progress to the higher banding.

We are transforming Islington's Community Teams in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and are looking for skilled, innovative clinical and counselling psychologists to join us. This Transformation of community mental health services aims to break down the barriers to care, integrating primary and secondary care services to deliver a model that improves access to holistic care for all.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and motivated Clinical or Counselling Psychologists to join us in our Islington Core and Primary Care Mental Health Network teams in order to provide a whole system, integrated and enhanced primary care approach to clients experiencing mental health difficulties.

You will be supported by the Lead Psychologist to ensure the delivery of a high quality, accessible, and inclusive psychological service drawing on a range of psychological approaches to help establish a psychologically informed and trauma informed practice within the team and wider service area through brief individual work, group work, consultation (informal and formal), training and reflective practice.

Main duties of the job

There will be opportunities for service development, quality improvement, and innovative and unique practice in these posts as part of the transformation where you will work in an MDT alongside with health, social care and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

You must be keen to embrace the privileges of working in a diverse borough and have experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties and from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We are particularly keen to attract people from our local communities.

By joining the team during this exciting time of transformation, you will have a unique opportunity to inform and shape the implementation of our clinical strategy; to develop your leadership skills and to improve mental health care for people living in Islington.

About us

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation 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.

We have 3 key priorities which are:

Early and Effective Intervention,

Helping People to Live Well

Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:

We value each other

We are empowered

We keep things simple

We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly have a look at the attached documents (Job description and person specification) for detailed job description.

In line with NHS protocols, only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview. We regret that it is not possible to contact all applicants for every vacancy. If you have not been contacted within 4-6 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted for the next stageWe reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions, when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. We are an employer committed to Equal Opportunities and Diversity, with a range of family friendly policies.

Interviews to be held on Tuesday 22nd March.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology


  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training in an area relevant to the post



  • Significant post-qualification experience working with service users with complex mental health disorders
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts


  • Experience of working in a Primary Care Setting



  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting.

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