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Team Lead Islington Transitions Team

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Islington Transitions Team as Clinical Team Lead. The team is a non-case-holding team, comprising of CAMHS and AMHS clinicians, who advise on transitions from CAMHS to AMHS and where young people (18-24) present with complex needs, are not engaging with mainstream services and require innovative care packages.

The Team's approach is based on AMBIT principles and training in this approach will be provided for the successful candidate should this be required.

The Clinical Team Lead chairs the fortnightly transitions meetings, conducts audits and evaluations, and contributes to service developments in the growing area of Young People's Services.

Specifically, we are looking for clinicians who are already embedded within C& I or one of our partner CAMHS agencies who can help us strengthen links with existing services.

Main duties of the job

To provide a Core Mental Health Psychological Therapist service to the Islington Transition team and to act as team leader.

The Transition Team is a small team of senior clinicians recruited internally from Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) and from Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS, Whittington Trust) in the London Borough of Islington.

The team recently trained in Applied Mentalization-based integrative treatment (AMBIT) and the team lead is expected to promote and embed the model in the team and when collaborating with other teams/ agencies as part of the implementation of the Community Mental Health Framework.

Requests for help in facilitating the transition of young people from child to adult mental health services come to the Team from CAMHS, AMHS and from some related Local Authority Teams, which could include Leaving Care, young people's Substance Misuse service and specialist staff working with 16+Children in Need.

The Transition Team does not hold or take case responsibility but rather seeks to support complex transitions by providing advice, consultation and assessment.

The effectiveness of the team is evaluated by audit and outcome measures for evidence of improved transition for young people.

About us

Working for your organisation

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I) provides high quality, safe and innovative care to our patients in the community, in their homes or in hospital.

We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area. We currently deliver the majority of our care to residents in the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. However, we also provide substance misuse and primary care mental health services to people living in Kingston.

Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world's leading academic health science partnerships.

In addition we have specialist programmes which provide help and treatment for (for example):
  • Veterans living in London
  • Young people whose lives have been impacted on by serious youth violence
  • Perinatal mental health conditions

We are proud that our organisation is recognised internationally for the quality of its research and innovation. Over 40% of our consultants hold joint academic posts and are engaged in research across a wide range of mental health arenas. This research, often conducted with the help of our patients, ensures we are leaders in evidence based treatment and services, meaning we can provide some of the world's most up to date therapies to aid service user recovery.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To develop and provide a clinical consultation, advice and support service for mental health staff within CAMHS and AMHS, where client issues are complex and meet the thresholds for joint interventions and span the border between CAMHS and adult services.
  • To provide clinical problem-solving expertise, particularly in the areas of Transitions (CAMHS to AMHS), Emerging Borderline Personality Disorders (EBPD) and co-morbid presentations in young people.
  • To promote and embed the AMBIT approach in the team
  • To chair the new multi-agency Islington Transitions Team meeting
  • To provide clinical supervision of assistant psychologist
  • To provide advice, consultation, training and supervision, where appropriate, to other health and social care staff working with the client group.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or other applied psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To participate in the delivery of training and information sessions to colleagues, other services, senior management forums and any other relevant forums, as required.

  • To provide clinical leadership using AMBIT principles in the Transitions Team
  • To coordinate the provision of consultation to professional networks and clinicians working with young people
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the short-listing and interviewing of other posts

  • To monitor and audit service provision, ensuring practice meets best professional and evidence-based standards.
  • To develop service provision in response to audit outcome

  • Regularly undertakes Research and Development as part of their role
  • To audit outcomes of the Transitions Team
  • To develop transitions services based on audit and other practice-based evidence

  • Advanced skills in planning and implementing audits
  • Advanced skills in organising clinical discussion forums for multi-agency professional networks

Person Specification



  • Prof Qualification & Registered with a Core a MH Profession (Psychology, Psychotherapy, Nursing, Family Therapy etc)


  • AMBIT training



  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of service users with a wide range of disorders and their comorbidities in a secondary care mental health
  • Experience of working in a Primary Care Setting Experience of working with a wide variety of service users, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity in primary care.
  • Significant post-qualification experience working with adolescents and young adults with complex mental health disorders and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of teaching, training and offering effective consultation and supervision services
  • Well-developed knowledge of the clinical area where the post has designated special responsibilities, i.e. adolescent and young adult development and mental health



  • Skills in the use of aHighly developed skill and ability in design and implementation of intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in young adult mental health
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting and community/ voluntary sector organisations


  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.



  • Curiosity and interest in exploring different perspectives
  • Tolerance for uncertainty and ambiguity

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


St Pancras Hospital

4 Saint Pancras Way



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