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BAND 7 Psychologist Young People Service & Core Teams

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

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 7 Clinical Psychologist -

Two posts, one based in Camden and one based in Islington Young Peoples Service & Core Teams

We are seeking two energetic, innovative, and skilled Psychologists with a passion for community psychology approaches to join the trust's new Core Teams, specialising in working with young adults (18-25), providing assessment, treatment and consultation around Young Adults' mental health. Core Team Community Mental Health Services are undergoing widespread, innovative transformation and investment over the next 3 years. 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. As a result, the Trust has invested in the development of two exciting new Clinical Pathways - the new Core Teams and The Young Peoples Service.

Main duties of the job

The Role
  • Specialising in working with young people aged 18-25 the post-holders will work within the Core Teams helping to embed specialist approaches to working with younger people.
  • As part of a service embedded in local GP practices, working directly with and as part of the teams with the aim of increasing the skill and confidence of GPs and other primary care staff to work with service users with mental health conditions, particularly those whose age falls between 18-25, although they will also work with people whose age falls outside this bracket as well.
  • This will be achieved through a combination of consultation, liaison and advice to GPs, mental health assessments and reviews of clients and by developing collaborative approaches to case management through co-working and training. Most clinical work will be through assisting GPs and Primary Care staff in diagnosis, case formulation, risk assessment, management plans and self-help plans which are co-produced with the service user.
  • There will be a developing programme of psychological interventions offered within core teams and the post-holders will be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of interventions in their respective core teams.
  • The post holders will be one of the providers of psychological formulation and work within an MDT.
  • The post holders will provide specialist psychological assessment and make recommendations for intervention using the evidence base and NICE Guidance

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

Job Purpose

The Young Peoples' Service has been set up to provide specialist support and intervention to young adults for whom traditional offers of support can fall short. In particular, young adults who may be disenfranchised and marginalised from mainstream society, who may have been involved in the criminal justice system or be labelled as 'hard to reach' in some way. Built on innovative work by MAC UK and Project 10/10, Camden & Islington NHS Trust continues to lead the way in making services more accessible and taking a trauma-informed, community psychology approach to systemic change. The team will always consider a young person's social context and the impact that this may have had on their mental health and wellbeing when developing ideas about how best to provide help and support. As a Psychologist embedded in each borough's Core Team, you will be uniquely positioned to influence the culture of how we work in new and collaborative ways, co-creating this approach with the young people. Providing direct assessments and Psychological Interventions for young adults as well as providing training and consultation for colleagues within the Core Team and community partners, you will be working to raise the profile of Young Adult work across the rest of the service. You may have a background in CAMHS and/or Adult Mental Health; both will be welcomed, provided you have energy and enthusiasm for making a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of young people. As well as being strongly influenced by community psychology approaches, we are committed to training all YPS staff in AMBIT, but also draw on other mentalisation-based models in our work. You will have regular clinical/professional and Line Management Supervision, access to a robust training and CPD offer from the Trust, and your ideas for training options for the service will be welcomed. You will be joining two new dynamic and well-resourced clinical pathways dedicated to meeting the needs of young people, rooted in collaborative and creative approaches. If you have questions related to this role you can contact Dr Richard Grove, Operational Lead for Young People's Service (Camden) - or Dr Julia Jenkinson, Operational Lead for Young People's Service (Islington) -

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or counselling psychology.
  • Postgraduate doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society or the British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.
  • Current registration with the Health Professions Council as a clinical or counselling psychologist Experience
  • 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 teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Post registration experience of working in a Primary Care Setting.
  • Experience of working with Young Adults aged between 18-25
Skills Essential
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to offer a multi-theoretical formulation and to communicate this in a clear and concise manner.
  • Skills in working with Young Adults aged between 18-25
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the issues that impact on the metal health of Young Adults aged between 18-25
  • Knowledge of community psychology approaches, especially the importance of coproduction when working with systemic power imbalances
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting and experience of working jointly with other professional disciplines.
  • Ability to work flexibly and creatively according to the needs of local primary care services.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • bility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, and to, support and maintain clinical practice

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