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
6 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
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 (0.8 WTE, Permanent )

Camden and Islington Foundation Trust, in partnership with Islington Council's Children and Families Service, is seeking to recruit an energetic, self-motivated and lateral-thinking adult mental health practitioner with the drive and determination to work in an innovative service.

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.

Main duties of the job

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 main focus of this role will be to provide a (PICT) service to professionals based within Islington Council's Children and Families Services to support teams 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 workers and/or social workers through:

1. Staff case consultation (either individually or in group session)

2. Liaison and navigation between different services in the care pathway

3. Training

4. Direct working with service users but jointly with the staff member who keeps case-holding responsibility (this is a much smaller proportion of PICT work).

5. Reflective Practice to front line staff.

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

The post holder will be required to work flexibly, independently and responsively within a changing environment. Applicants need to be comfortable with outreach and multi-agency joint working and need to have experience in directly working with services users with personality disorder or enduring complex needs. Applicants need to be confident in providing case consultation to staff from a variety of professional backgrounds and have experience of multi-disciplinary team working. The above are core components of the post.

Due to Covid-19 members of the PICT service are working remotely at present, but are usually co-located with the Children and Family services.

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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