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Core team 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington
£58,698 to £65,095 a year inclusive of Inner London HCAS
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Job Details

The post-holder will be part of a team providing extended assessments, formulations and brief interventions (individual and group) to those presenting with severe mental health problems in the London Borough of Camden or Islington. As there are two roles at band 8A level, one postholder will be based in Islington Core teams and one postholder will be based in Camden Core teams.

Main duties of the job

These roles will provide interventions at the interface between Core teams and the Complex Depression, Anxiety and Trauma (CDAT) service and the Personality Disorder service. The aim of the service is to increase the number of people whose mental health support is appropriately managed in line with the community framework for mental health using a population health approach. The post-holder will act as a fully integrated member of the team providing a specialist psychological perspective to support the transformation and development of the service.

The post-holder will work as part of a service embedded in local GP practices, working with multi-disciplinary colleagues to increase psychologically and trauma informed practice as well as offer evidence based interventions.

The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment using evidence based, NICE recommended interventions and will work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

About us

Community Mental Health Services are undergoing widespread, innovative transformation and investment. Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust are at the forefront of this transformation, developing a more holistic, recovery oriented, biopsychosocial approach to supporting people with Mental illnesses, in partnership with primary care, other community NHS providers and the voluntary sector. The aim is to build support systems that reach the whole mental health population with a focus on prevention and sustained recovery delivered by multi-agency collaboration. Each population unit is based on the footprint of a Primary Care Network, bringing together NHS, voluntary sector, peer support and community organisations. These relationships will be central to the new community mental health model.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Provide a comprehensive psychology service as an integrated part of the Core Team
  • Provide triage and specialist psychological assessment, formulation, consultation and interventions particularly for people with complex emotional needs, including personality disorder and complex trauma
  • Provide direct clinical input and supervision of individual, group or team brief interventions for complex emotional needs
  • Assist GPs with diagnosis, management plans, risk assessments, crisis plans and self-help plans for service users with complex common mental health problems and stable severe mental health presentations who are being managed exclusively in primary car
  • Work with Core Team colleagues to develop a collaborative care model for service users with complex physical and emotional difficulties, including those with complex emotional needs, Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and Long-Term Conditions (LTC
  • Play a key role in implementing improved linkage and interface between Core and Intensive Teams
  • Provide advice and support to network teams on the management of service users who have been stepped down from secondary care / intensive community mental health service
  • Support primary care staff in their management and treatment of service users through case discussions, joint consultations and bespoke training.
  • Maintain effective communication with GP, primary care staff, service users and their carers
  • Provide clinical input, where necessary, to multi-disciplinary case conferencing around complex presentations being managed solely in primary care within the team and as part of the wider integrated health and care networks.
  • Engage with local service user participation models.
  • Work within the MDT promoting respect for all professional groups and focusing upon coherent and integrated teamwork.
  • Provide reports and communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment offered and undertaken with service users.
  • Manage and supervise psychologists, clinical associates, assistants, apprentices and other staff as appropriate, including more junior clinical / counselling psychologists
  • To offer teaching, training and undertake appropriate research, audits and service evaluations to support service delivery and development.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training (or equivalent) in clinical/counselling psychology
  • HCPC registration



  • Experience of multi-model psychological assessment, formulation and intervention across levels of complexity and settings
  • Experience of interventions for people with complex emotional needs - including personality disorder and complex trauma.
  • Experience of providing supervision


  • Experience of MDT working and consultation
  • Extensive post-doctoral experience of working with complex mental health presentations



  • Extensive knowledge of multi-theoretical psychological models (e.g. trauma-informed, DBT, CBT, SCM)

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington


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