Young Peoples Service Operational Lead - Core &VRU Streams

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are excited to announce this fabulous opportunity to join the Young People Service which is a newly established clinical pathway in C&I NHS Trust, aimed at meeting the needs of young adults between the age of 18-25 whose needs require a more tailored/bespoke approach than has been traditionally provided for them by adult mental health services. We are looking for candidates with enthusiasm, energy, and experience in working with young adults and/or adolescents and a passion for working in new and innovative ways, drawing from Community Psychology approaches.

Main duties of the job

There are two posts available; one in Camden and one in Islington. The post holders will operationally manage the Camden or Islington Young Peoples Core & VRU streams as part of the Trust's new Young Peoples Service, which encompasses posts in the Core, Violence Reduction Unit and Transitions service. In each borough the post holder will also be responsible for the Line Management and Clinical Supervision of all clinicians in the Camden/Islington branch of the Core & VRU Young Peoples Service streams.

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


Core Teams Candi is undergoing a major transformation process, with an overhaul and redesign of the trusts community mental health teams in both Camden & Islington, with the setting up of new Core Teams, providing consultation, assessment and interventions, delivered in a local, flexible and accessible way. You will clinically supervise and line manage the YPS clinicians embedded in these teams.

Vanguard (VRU) In partnership with Barnet Enfield & Haringey NHS Trust Camden & Islington NHS Trust is developing a new community psychology approach to serious youth violence and supporting young people affected by Gang activity in their local areas, working collaboratively with other community/youth based projects, combining Youth Mentoring and Community Psychology approaches to better meet the needs of this vulnerable group of young people. You will clinically supervise and line manage the YPS Clinicians working in the VRU.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS / REGISTRATIONS Essential
  • oDoctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology and current registration with the Health Professions Council as a clinical psychologist or a counselling psychologist
  • oCompletion of further post-qualification specialist training in areas of practice relevant to the post
  • oSkills in the use of a range of intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health, including risk and crisis management. oAbility to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. oLeadership and management skills oAbilities oAbility to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting. oAbility to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings. oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice. oInterest and ability to contribute to service development, including outcome research oAbility to articulate clearly the role of psychotherapy in multiprofessional services, based on a good understanding of NHS and national professional policies
  • oSkills in providing Psychological assessment, intervention, consultation and supervision in non-traditional settings oSkills in engaging young people who have had negative experiences with professionals in the past and who might not have faith in mandatory services as a result. oSkills in working in close partnership with young people and their families in order to co-create a service, and projects within that service, that are meaningful and relevant to the young people who access them.
  • Experience oExperience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, presenting problems in adulthood that reflect the full range of clinical severity. oExperience of teaching, training and supervision. oExperience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts. oExperience of the management of qualified applied psychologists and/or psychological therapy staff oExperience of multiprofessional service development oKnowledge oHigh level of knowledge and expertise in two or more current models and methods of practice of psychology and psychotherapy in the areas related to the requirements of the post oDoctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology and psychotherapy. oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by the Health Care Professions Council and BPC or UKCP (CPJA)
  • oExperience/knowledge of community psychology approaches such as AMBIT, Liberation Psychology and how these approaches can help inform and develop community based psychology services. oExperience/knowledge of the Youth Justice System/Criminal Justice System and the lived experience of young people who are negotiating this pathway. oExperience/knowledge of how serious youth violence can impact on young people in society today
  • oAbility to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a diverse team oExcellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills oDemonstrable resourcefulness oAbility to contain work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour oAbility to work with complex and seemingly contradictory clinical material and help others manage this oPositive attitude to change oAbility to carry out travel around the designated area of work and to work flexible and sometimes antisocial hours oA genuine commitment to an ethos of partnership working across sectors and agencies oAbility to work in both a flexible and disciplined way oAble to build and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both colleagues, partners, young people and their families like. oAn ability to work collaboratively and creatively with people and have the patience to allow new approaches to emerge from the relationships with our key stakeholders (named above) oAbility to stay calm and focused under often stressful and intense conditions.

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