Clinical Psychologist VRU Camden

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience dependant on experience
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Clinical Psychologist - London Vanguard Pilot

Band 8a - 1.0 WTE

Location - Camden

We are wanting to recruit an innovative and highly motivated 1.0 WTE Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience of working with Children, Adolescents and/or Young Adults at risk of serious youth violence, from either a CAMHS or AMHS perspective. The successful candidate will be required to work in partnership with local authority, criminal justice, voluntary sector, community and mental health leads within Camden in delivering a high quality, responsive and innovative service. We anticipate that the postholder will be required to work closely with the leadership in Camden & Islington and BEH NHS Trust to ensure the fidelity of the London Vanguard model in both delivery and outcomes for the service.

You will be expected to have a thorough knowledge of and expertise in working with young people or Children & Adolescents involved within the criminal justice system/ affected by serious youth violence. You may come from a CAMHS or AMHS background, but will need to be a highly motivated, independent individual with excellent leadership skills and a proven record of delivering on innovative projects. This will include training and engagement with stakeholders on all levels.

Should you wish to discuss this post, please contact Dr Jonathan Wells, Clinical Lead for Young People & Transitions at the following email address:

Main duties of the job

The postholder will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the Camden Vanguard project, ensuring that the clinical and strategic priorities are taken forward in an agreed and coherent way. The postholder will provide high level clinical leadership across the service, working closely with the team, families and multi-agency professionals to improve emotional and holistic well-being for young people in ensuring the delivery of highly innovative and adaptive evidence based psychological interventions for 10-25 year old's at risk of or affected by violence. The postholder will develop opportunities to offer consultation to non-psychologist colleagues, professionals and carers within the young people's network, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the pilot's policies and procedures. The postholder will be responsible for the development of opportunities to work alongside young people with lived experience to coproduce creative activities and social action projects. Embracing new ways of working will be key, as the model constantly evolves to respond to the needs and aspirations of young people it serves. The postholder will be required to utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research in order to evaluate the service and provide evidence for further service development.

About us

Working for your organisation

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) provides high quality, safe and innovative 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 and primary care mental health services 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
  • Perinatal mental health conditions

We are proud that our organisation is recognised internationally for the quality of its research and innovation. Over 40% of our consultants hold joint academic posts and are engaged in research across a wide range of mental health arenas. This research, often conducted with the help of our patients, ensures we are leaders in evidence based treatment and services, meaning we can provide some of the world's most up to date therapies to aid service user recovery.

Job description Job responsibilities



  • To provide clinical and professional leadership in the setting up and delivery of the Camden London Vanguard.
  • To oversee and support the team to provide highly specialist psychological and psychometric assessment, formulation and intervention including risk assessment and the development of risk management plans to Camden London Vanguard service users in individual, group or family settings.
  • To routinely utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice
  • To ensure interventions are youth-led
  • Where appropriate, to take responsibility for initiating, planning and review of care plans for Islington service users. This will involve offering staff from other agencies guidance on mental health
  • To engage in clinical audit and maintain appropriate records of work
  • To hold a direct specialist clinical caseload.

Consultation, Teaching, Training, and Supervision

  • To provide clinical supervision to clinical staff and where agreed locally, to provide clinical supervision to other multi-disciplinary team members for their provision of psychologically based interventions.
  • To provide consultation and training to other professionals as required.
  • To receive regular clinical supervision and line management from a senior Clinical Psychologist colleague in the Young Peoples Service (C&I NHS Tust).
  • To provide supervision, advice, consultation and training to qualified and unqualified psychological therapies staff, students and trainees working within the Vanguard project.
  • To contribute in an active way to the network of services for young offenders and to ensure the co-ordination of services provided. This will involve working closely with colleagues from other agencies

  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner.
  • Communicate both verbally and in written format regarding complex and sensitive information, including sharing psychological knowledge with other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Communication with the MDT regarding clinical model, care and treatment planning.
  • Communication regarding supervision and consultation with other staff.
  • Communication with colleagues regarding the provision of psychological assessment and intervention.
  • Communication regarding risk in high concern cases, in a way that ensures that a complex understanding of the risk of harm is understood and an appropriate action plan developed.

Patient/Customer Care

  • To work directly, and support team members in working with young people to meet their well-being needs
  • To provide clinical supervision to staff members drawing on evidence based psychological practice

People (HR) Management

  • To oversee the team consisting of youth practitioners and a parent worker
  • To delivering training, clinical supervision and line management to team members
  • To oversee recruitment, training, appraisals, and performance management of all staff

Information Management

  • To oversee the clinical database for the team and produce reports as required
  • To oversee information and documents shared with internal and external stakeholders
  • To keep good quality clinical records that comply with data protection legislation and Trust policies and protocols
  • To competently use IT including email, Word, database packages and patient information systems (RiO) and Sales Force.

Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS / REGISTRATIONS Essential
  • oDoctorate in clinical psychology oRegistration with HCPC
  • oRelevant additional specialist training / postgraduate qualification related to Clinical Psychology
  • oSkills in developing, managing and co-ordinating: psychological interventions with young people who do not initially seek help; training packages (staff and clients); consultation for other professionals; supervision of staff from a range of professional backgrounds oWorking knowledge of at least two specialised psychological therapies for example CBT, Family Therapy etc. oKnowledge of research methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within the mental health field oKnowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practise and professional management in relation to this client group i.e. young people aged 16-25 years oAbility to manage a range of tasks in order to meet agreed priorities and deadlines; ability to monitor, review, evaluate and report progress oExcellent communication skills, both written and verbal with the ability to communicate highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside of an organisation oAbility to manage an independent clinical caseload and effective multidisciplinary working Ability to manage an independent clinical caseload and effective multidisciplinary working
  • oKnowledge of the theory and supervised practice of a specialist psychological therapy with gang involved young people in a community setting oDirect experience of working in a youth-led way with young people who offend oExperience of working in the voluntary sector oExperience of managing a multi-disciplinary staff team oAdvanced IT skills oThe ability to originate, introduce and be open to, new practices, concepts, ideas and change and to creatively solve problems
  • oExperience of working as a qualified professional in an area relevant to this post, preferably CAMHS, YOT or a community-based adolescent team. oEvidence of a high level of competent and autonomous clinical practice. oExperience of working within the different psychological models that are evidence based or are building an evidence base oUnderstanding of monitoring outcomes and reporting back to funders
  • oHigh level of expertise in and competence with Attachment/Mentalisation based approaches, Narrative Therapy or Community Psychology oExperience of monitoring budgets; understanding of financial forecasting and reporting oExperience of working in YOIs and/or prisons oExperience of managing projects and leading teams oExperience of setting up systems for outcome monitoring and user involvement in contributing to service development oExperience of working within a multiagency framework
  • oAbility to work both independently and cooperatively as part of a diverse team oExcellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills oDemonstrable resourcefulness oAbility to contain work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour oAbility to work with complex and seemingly contradictory clinical material and help others manage this oPositive attitude to change oAbility to carry out travel around the designated area of work and to work flexible and sometimes antisocial hours oA genuine commitment to the vision, mission, values and beliefs of Project Future oA genuine commitment to Project Futures ethos of partnership working across sectors and agencies oAbility to work in both a flexible and disciplined way

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