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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 Per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Two full time, band 7 psychology roles, permanent

Community Mental Health Services are undergoing widespread, innovative transformation and investment. The North London Mental Health Partnership 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.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to ensure the delivery of high quality, accessible and inclusive psychological services. Under the supervision of a senior psychologist, you will be part of the Camden Core Team providing extended assessment, formulation and brief interventions (individual and group) to those presenting with mental health problems in the London Borough of Camden. The Camden Core team is an MDT that provides assessment, liaison, consultation and brief interventions.

The successful postholder will offer a range of psychological and psychosocial interventions to individuals with a variety of mental health needs and substance misuse difficulties. These roles will be supported by senior psychologists and our local partner Change Grow Live (CGL), which the postholder will develop a strong relationship with. The service aims to increase the number of people receiving support with substance misuse difficulties, by increasing access to relevant and appropriate services like CGL, as part of the community framework for mental health. A key role will be to create and sustain links with CGL, including strengthening liaison and referral pathways. This part of the work is funded until March 2025. If funding is not extended, you will still remain part of the Camden Core Team, where the postholder will act as a fully integrated member of the team providing a psychologically informed consultation, assessment and relevant brief interventions.

About us

The partnership betweenBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH)andCamden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C& I)is going from strength to strength since it was originally established in 2021 forming theNorth London Mental Health Partnership.

Why choose to join the Partnership?
  • We believe that by working together, our two Trusts can achieve more for the residents of North Central London and our patients than we can by working apart.
  • Deliver the best care using the most up-to-date practise in supporting those with mental health illnesses.
  • Transforming and creating a positive environment for our service users, staff and visitors.
  • Creating and working together to become a great place to work for all our staff.
  • We offer flexible working, a wide range of health and wellbeing initiatives, NHS Pension and so much more.
  • Generous Annual Leave Allowance
  • NHS Discounts in a large variety of retail stores and services.

In order to meet the needs of the new Partnership services you may be required from time to time to work at different locations to your normal place of work. This may mean that you are required to work at any location that fall under Barnet, Enfield and Harringay Trust and Camden and Islington Trust. The Trust reserves the right to require staff to work at such other places or locations as it considers reasonable and necessary on a temporary or permanent basis.

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Key Responsibilities
1.1 Clinical and Managerial

Provide brief psychological interventions for people with complex emotional needs and personality difficulties including drawing on DBT, SCM and other evidence based models.

Provide psychological assessments for complex emotional needs using interview, formal psychometric and other assessment methods as appropriate.

Assist GPs and other members of the core team with diagnosis, management plans, risk assessments, crisis plans and self-help plans for patients with complex common mental health problems and stable severe mental health presentations who are being managed exclusively in primary care or core teams.

To formulate and devise psychological treatment and management plans for service users for patients with a range of severity and complexity, including those with challenging behaviours, and to provide psychological treatment for such clients, using a range of psychological interventions appropriate to the service.

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

Support GPs and practice staff in their management and treatment of patients through case discussions, joint consultations and bespoke training.

Maintain effective communication with GP, primary care staff, patients and their carers

To provide clinical input, where necessary, to multi-disciplinary case conferencing around complex patients being managed solely in primary care.

Work within the service to triage potential and new referrals sent to the team, providing consultation, information and advice to patients and partners as well as allocation of new work in the service to appropriate MDT colleagues. This includes signposting new referrals to and liaising as appropriate with other primary care services, IAPT, voluntary sector and intensive mental health services.

To engage with local service user participation models.

To play an integral role in the performance of the team, the further development of the service, and the development of clinical pathways and priorities of the service line.

To work within the MDT promoting respect for all professional groups and focusing upon coherent and integrated teamwork.

Person Specification



  • Postgraduate doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society or the British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence and other relevant qualifications for CBT
  • Current registration with the Health Professions Council as a clinical or counselling psychologist and/or BABCP



  • Experience of working with people with complex mental health needs, including substance misuse.
  • Experience of working in drug and alcohol services and working with people who use drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care, outpatient, and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of clients groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working in a primary care setting



  • Skills in the use of a range of methods of psychological assessment (including psychometric tests) intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health, including challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with clients, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to offer a multi-theoretical formulation and to communicate this in a clear and concise manner.

Employer details

Employer name

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust


Camden Core teams North East Building

St Pancras Hospital



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