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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 values are an integral part of the way you have and will continue to deliver service.

JOB TITLE:                     Band 7  Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Clinical Specialist 
                                               (Nurse, Social Worker, OT, CBT therapist) 
HOURS OF WORK:               37.5 hours per week                        

As an established Veterans' Transition Intervention and Liaison Service (TILS) and Complex Treatment Service (CTS) provider in London and the South East, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) will lead a pan-London High Intensity Service (HIS) for ex-armed forces personnel. The HIS will be a proactive, mobile, wrap around treatment service which will bolster the existing NHS emergency care and crisis services that operate on a 24/7 basis. The HIS will be staffed by a multi-disciplinary team which has skills to address a range of mental health, physical, substance misuse and social vulnerabilities which contribute to crisis presentations.

The key elements of the HIS will include:
  • An urgent care service providing specialist community care to prevent avoidable admissions
  • Therapeutic acute mental health inpatient care to provide stabilisation and rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive continuous coordination of care
  • Family and care support

C&I will work in partnership with the STOLL Foundation, Walking With the Wounded and the Ripple Pond to deliver this care.The HIS will deliver an intensive package of care including a range of mental health and social interventions as close to home as possible. This may include (but is not limited to) support for substance misuse, physical health, employment, accommodation, relationships and finances, as well as occupational and trauma focused therapies. This service will be provided in a range of community settings to support consistent access to care and treatment. It will work closely with the wider NHS, statutory bodies, local authorities and the third sector, including armed forces charities, to ensure the appropriate support is in place for patients and their families.

Primary outcomes will include:
  • Rapid access into treatment
  • Reduction in crisis admissions
  • Shorter length of inpatient stays
  • Reduction of A&E admissions
  • Reduction in out of area placement for acute mental health care

We are seeking to recruit two clinical specialists (Nurse/Social Worker/OT/clinical or counselling psychologist/CBT therapist), one preferably a nurse for the HIS, which is based at St Pancras Hospital, and which covers the London region.

The role will be that of coordinating and delivering care and will include individual assessment, care planning, intervention and evaluation of treatment delivered within the framework of NICE guidelines, evidence based best practice, and in maximizing the service user's recovery and adaptation to civilian life. Supporting veterans to access, and to move on from, crisis and in-patient care is an important element of the role.

The ethos is one of 'integrated working' to bolster existing mainstream services (including crisis and in-patient services) to successfully meet the specific needs of veterans and their families.

The post -holders will be a 'mobile worker' traveling across the London region and will be required to work in different services and settings (eg. in-patient services, crisis services) in support of client-agreed objectives. Work may sometimes be required to be scheduled for outside of typical office hours (9-5pm) including at weekends.

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who want to be involved in the delivery of a new, dynamic, psychologically oriented service. The successful applicants will have excellent assessment and liaison skills, and be interested in developing their existing therapeutic skills (eg. stabalisation techniques, motivational interviewing). This will also be an opportunity to develop leadership and management skills in an emerging service. Candidates with experience of working in urgent care environments, and those with an understanding of issues facing UK veterans will be welcome.

The post holder will be motivated, resilient, comfortable with complexity and working autonomously when needed, and keen to deliver an excellent service to this client group.

High quality supervision, peer support and expertise are available, and will assist as a way of connecting with the myriad of support services available to veterans.



In line with NHS protocols, only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.  We regret that it is not possible to contact all applicants for every vacancy. If you have not been contacted within 4-6 weeks of the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted for the next stage

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further submissions, when we have received sufficient applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. We are an employer committed to Equal Opportunities and Diversity, with a range of family friendly policies.

For more information please go to Camden & Islington NHS FT website.

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