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Core Team Psychologist - Clinical/Counselling or CBT Practitioner

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington
£51,488 to £57,802 a year inclusive of Inner London HCAS
Closing date
30 May 2024
These are newly created posts, where 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 7 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 Core team providing a specialist psychological perspective to support the transformation and development of the service.

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

The post holder will offer:
  • Work as an integrated member of the Core psychology team to offer psychological assessment/formulation, consultation and intervention for complex common mental health problems and stable severe mental health presentations being managed exclusively in primary care or core teams.
  • Provide advice and support to primary care teams for patients who have been stepped down to primary care or core teams from intensive community mental health services.
  • Work at the interface of Core teams and intensive services for complex emotional needs.
  • Effectively communicate with and support primary care colleagues.
  • Offer multi-disciplinary working - offering clinical input and promoting respect for all professional groups and focusing upon coherent and integrated teamwork.
  • Triage input, including consultation, information and advice to patients and partners.
  • To engage with local service user participation models.
  • Supporting wider service developments.
  • To offer teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision - including managing and supervising assistant psychologists, Clinical Associate Psychology Apprentices or other assistant practitioners/staff as appropriate
  • To undertake appropriate research, audits and service evaluations.

Please see full job description and person specification documents.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training (or equivalent) in clinical/counselling psychology or PG DiP in CBT/CBT accreditation
  • Registration with HCPC (or agreed eligibility if trainee at doctoral level)


  • Doctoral level training (or equivalent) in clinical/counselling psychology or PG DiP in CBT/CBT accreditation



  • Experience of multi-model psychological assessment, formulation and intervention across levels of complexity and settings
  • Experience of providing evidence-based interventions (group or individual) for people with personality difficulties or complex trauma.


  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision
  • Experience of consultation (to families/carers, GPs, networks etc)

Knowledge and skills


  • Ability to draw on multi-theoretical psychological models
  • Knowledge of DBT, SCM and/or other evidence-based models for complex emotional needs


  • Experience of MDT working

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


Camden and Islington Foundation Trust

Camden and Islington


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