Clinical or Counselling Psychologist - Islington Rough Sleeper Team

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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To provide a specialist, flexible psychology service to adult clients who are either rough sleeping or living in supported accommodation in the borough of Islington. To support the outreach team and supported accommodation support staff/MDT, by providing clinical consultation, supervision and training to homelessness services across the borough. This will include direct outreach work, providing psychosocial therapies/interventions to support individuals known to the teams. To deliver direct clinical work including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes. To contribute to contract report, service evaluation, audit and research to support future service commissioning and the development of new models of best practice.

The post holders will report to the Islington Psychology Lead in Primary Care and will have access to specialist clinical supervision from a well-established specialist homelessness service in London.

The team is well established and motivated to end rough sleeping in Islington and is now looking to recruit 2 psychologists to enhance the team further and work with people who may be pre-contemplative and still rough sleeping or now in accommodation but potentially struggling.

We would encourage interested applicants to get in touch to discuss the posts. For more information please contact Dr George Robson, Lead Psychologist. Email - Mob. 07771 812661

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity for psychologists who have experience of working with people who have complex psychological problems and who are interested in breaking down barriers that may prevent rough sleepers from engaging in more traditional mental health service structures. The posts would suit psychologists who are looking to work in new and innovative ways and who wish to work creatively with a population of people who may have experienced multiple disadvantage and trauma.

We are recruiting two Band 8a clinical or counselling psychologists to join our well established psychology team in Islington. The posts will be part of our Core Mental Health team and will work in an integrated way within the Islington Council Rough Sleeper Service. This will give post holders the added advantage of working across systems and benefiting from the specialism and expertise in both services. These newly commissioned posts will be funded to work with people who are currently rough sleeping or who have a history of rough sleeping and are now in accommodation. Both posts are substantive. Applications from people interested in part-time working will be considered.

About us

Islington Council has a hybrid rough sleeping team which comprises in house and commissioned outreach teams. These teams are supported by other services which are commissioned as a result of our rough sleeper initiative grant. These services consist of a physical health nurse, a substance misuse nurse, navigators, housing first, temporary accommodation, no recourse to public funds support workers and adult social care.

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:
  • Early and Effective Intervention
  • Helping People to Live Well
  • Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:
  • We value each other
  • We are empowered
  • We keep things simple
  • We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

As an applicant for this role, you are urged to demonstrate within your supporting statement a combination of evidence that reflects your competence to meet the job specification and provide examples of how C&I Cultural pillars are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The role will be varied, working alongside the rough sleeping team and also supported accommodation providers. Psychologists will have a role in offering specialist and complex assessments, individual/group interventions, team working and consultation within the rough sleeper staff team, along with leading on service outcome monitoring and evaluation.

This role requires someone who is able to work flexibly and creatively to engage with adults experiencing multiple disadvantage and trauma, recognising that as a result of this, the ability to engage in a traditional way will be limited, hence the need for assertive outreach and a flexible approach.

Clinical and Managerial
  • To provide a high level of clinical expertise in supporting the psychological needs of rough sleepers in the borough of Islington, including those with histories of complex trauma, personality disorder and addiction.
  • To provide highly specialist assessment and clinical formulation to clients and staff working within the team supporting those clients.
  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments and clinical psychometrics. (including specialised psychometric assessment, neuropsychological assessment, self- report measures, as appropriate), structured observations, clinical interviews, and to interpret and integrate this highly complex data.
  • Application of practitioner level knowledge of at least two models of psychological therapy and knowledge of the theoretical and evidence base for them.
  • Delivery of Skills-based and Mentalisation-based Treatment or other relevant evidence-based models.
  • To provide psychosocial support to clients who are emotionally distressed either due to the serious consequence of their illness or due to other events in their lives.
  • To ensure services are fair and equitable and meet the needs of the diverse populations we support, including racial diversity and factors affecting access to mental health care.
  • To formulate psychological treatment plans which are specific to each client based upon an analysis of complex factors contributing to the presentation, and selectively drawing on appropriate conceptual and theoretical models. This includes supporting other professionals and support staff in their development of such formulations and treatment plans.
  • To select and deliver evidence-based specialist psychological treatments, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions, drawing on a range of theoretical options.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS) guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, taking full responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions.
  • To liaise with other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans, including; MDT, Outreach, third sector, GP, Referrer, PHE and other relevant professionals.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To be responsible for drawing up behavioural guidelines for management of difficult behaviours within the hostels, assessment centre and outreach services, together with MDT partners and support staff in the implementation.
  • To advise other members of the team and partner services on specialist psychological care of clients.
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team and to a psychologically informed framework for the service area.
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, families and staff within the homeless sector staff, taking account of sensory and cultural barriers to communication.
  • To take responsibility for maintaining appropriate case note and care planning records on relevant electronic record systems.
  • To manage own workload and the agreed workload of junior staff, with support from senior management structures.
  • To assist in the short-listing and interviewing of staff.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services.
  • To participate in clinical governance initiatives as agreed by the directorate clinical governance committee and team.
  • To adhere to Operational Policy of service.

Teaching, training, and supervision
  • Provide professional and clinical supervision for the psychological work undertaken by other members of the multi-disciplinary team, of trainee clinical and counselling psychologists, and, where required, of assistant psychologists and clinical associate psychologists.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training, where appropriate, to other health and social care staff working with service users.
  • To participate in and/or provide regular reflective practice sessions to staff teams, where needed, i.e; following a critical incident.
  • To participate in and facilitate complex case discussions as needed.
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior psychologist according to HCPC and Trust guidelines.
  • To provide specialist training in psychological and trauma-informed approaches to care for other professionals (incl. training other psychologists, third sector staff, peer support workers, PHE MDT).
  • To participate in and/or provide regular reflective practice sessions to staff teams.

Research, audit and service evaluation
  • Utilise evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual, family and group work and work with other team members.
  • Participate in and contribute to clinical audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service, to help evaluate and improve service provision, proposing changes to working practice and procedures for own work area as required.
  • To support and participate in the formal evaluation of the rough sleepers project, including gathering and analysing output and outcome data, as required.
  • To carry out appropriate research to improve the quality of care and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the service.
  • To contribute to the development of systematic outcome measurement, assessment, implementation and assisting other staff in the implementation of same.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings.

  • Participate in an agreed programme of training and continuing professional development and maintain an active engagement with current developments in psychological practice in areas related to the post.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues of relevance to the service and service user group.
  • Undertake such other duties and responsibilities, appropriate to the grade of the post, as may be agreed with the Consultant Psychologist Lead for service area.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical psychologist or a counselling psychologist
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training in an area relevant to the post
Experience Essential
  • Experience of post qualification highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in relevant speciality and/or client group e.g. Addictions/homelessness/complex trauma/psychosis/personality disorder).
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of, diversity.
  • Experience of working in partnership with third sector agencies to deliver services.
  • Experience of working with homeless people
  • Experience of specialist work with substance misuse, psychosis and/or trauma and complex trauma.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work creatively and flexibly

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