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Practitioner PICT Parental Mental Health Service

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year pro rata inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Part Time
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Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust in collaboration with Islington Children and Families Services. HCPC Registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Agenda for Change Band 8a (0.7 WTE, fixed term maternity-leave cover).

The Psychologically Informed Consultation and Training (PICT) service within Camden and Islington Foundation Trust, in partnership with Islington Council's Children and Families Service, are seeking to recruit an energetic, self-motivated, and lateral-thinking adult mental health practitioner with the drive and determination to work in an innovative team.

The Psychologically Informed Consultation and Training (PICT) service provides a workforce development intervention, with the aim of supporting staff to work more effectively with adults with complex mental health problems including personality disorder (not necessarily diagnosed). The post holder will join our Parental Mental Health service within Islington's Children and Families social work teams. The wider PICT team is made up of multi-disciplinary mental health professionals providing a PICT approach to other services across the borough of Camden.

Main duties of the job

To provide a (PICT) service to professionals within Islington Council's Children and Families Services, supporting them to work more effectively with adults in families who present with complex mental health problems. We work with partner organisations like CAMHS to provide support to staff teams. Working as part of the PICT Parental Mental Health team, the post holder will be supporting family support/intervention practitioners and/or social workers through:
  • Staff individual and group case consultation to support the understanding and identification of mental health and wellbeing needs of adults in families. The approach used requires formulation as well as understanding local service provision, to support access to appropriate interventions.
  • Effective liaison and navigation between different services in the care pathway and, where appropriate, supporting access to appropriate interventions.
  • Training to staff to help improve understanding and confidence in working with clients with complex needs.
  • Direct working with service users jointly with the staff member who keeps case-holding responsibility (this is a much smaller proportion of PICT work).
  • Reflective Practice to front line staff.

There may be the possibility of some direct interventions with service users linked to Community Transformation work which is currently under development.

About us

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) provides high quality, safe and innovative mental health 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 services in Westminster, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service 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: veterans living in London, young people caught in the cycle of gang culture, older people living with dementia and other age related mental health conditions. For more information, please access the following link:

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description document attached.

Applications are invited from psychologists and allied healthcare professionals (nursing, psychotherapy, social work, or occupational therapy) with equivalent years of experience. Current registration is required with the Health Care Professionals Council, as a practitioner psychologist or equivalent registration with professional bodies associated with your profession e.g., Nursing and Midwifery Council.

We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are committed to equal opportunities.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC/NMC
  • Current registration with the Health Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or equivalent
  • Completion of further post-doctoral post qualification specialist training in areas of practice relevant to the post. Psychology candidates require post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, or its equivalent for those trained prior to 2000.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of psychological assessment & treatment of clients across a range of care settings, including community, outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity, including clients with a diagnosis of personality disorder.
  • Significant post-qualification experience working with clients with personality disorder / other complex needs.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical or counselling psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of providing case consultation and training to staff from a variety of professional backgrounds.
  • Experience of working in a multiagency setting.
  • Equivalent years of experience in any other allied professions (nursing, social work or occupational therapy).
Skills Essential
  • Skills and understanding in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health, including challenging behaviours.
  • 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.
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in multiagency setting.
  • Ability to work flexibly and across organisational boundaries, whilst maintaining your professional identity as an NHS professional.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice, particularly when working in a non-health setting.
  • Interest and ability to contribute to service development and evaluation.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines in line with service/team objectives
  • Ability to work jointly in an outreach approach with non-health colleagues.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis, as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies with demonstrated competence in the delivery of effective, evidence-based psychological interventions.
  • Knowledge of legislation and policy in relation to the client group & mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of therapies for working with adults with a presentation and or diagnosis of personality disorder.

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