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Islington CAMHS Mental Health Support Team Leads/EMHP supervisors Clinical or Counselling Psychologists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, Systemic Therapists, Educational Psychotherapists, Nurses or other AHPs

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Fixed term 23 months
2 x 37.5 Hours Per Week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Northern Health Centre
£44,606 - £50,819 Per Annum Plus HCAS
20/10/2019 23:59

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Islington CAMHS Mental Health Support Team Leads/EMHP supervisors – two full-time posts

23 months FTC in the first instance, although we anticipate that this will be extended.


CAMHS Clinicians


This is an exciting opportunity to jointly lead the two new Mental Health Support Teams(MHSTs)  for all Islington schools, in accordance with Islington’s successful bid to be a Wave 3 Trailblazer site, providing supervision for the eight Education Mental Health Practitioners in the teams.


The Borough


Islington is a wonderfully diverse borough. Despite its relatively small size it is densely populated with a total resident child population of 40,000, which is about 20% of the total population. The borough is a diverse community with extremes of affluence and poverty. There is a broad cultural mix from a range of ethnic minority groups.


 Islington Community CAMHS


 An energetic, creative, hardworking multidisciplinary team of 90 staff working with parents and their children from 0-18 years of age in community settings including Children’s Centres, Primary and Secondary Schools and Health Centres. We use a stepped care model of service delivery linked to the Thrive framework and are a part of the Children and Young People’s IAPT initiative as well as a CWP site. Every school and Children’s Centre in Islington already has a CAMHS clinician attending weekly or fortnightly. We have close links with the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families’ mental health in schools initiatives.


 The Islington MHST model


Our model for the MHSTs takes a whole-borough approach, whereby each team will provide a service to half the borough’s schools (primary, secondary, PRUs and alternative provision). The teams will each comprise four EMHPs, one Band 7 clinician, and one senior CAMHS clinician/supervisor and 0.5 Educational Psychologist who will jointly lead the teams. The CAMHS lead will have management and supervisory responsibility for the EMHPs.

There will be two days of 8b CAMHS management time to oversee both MHSTs, as well as a Project Manager.


They will use our locally developed iMHARS framework (Islington Mental Health and Resilience in Schools) to support schools to effectively implement a whole school approach to mental health.


They will be joining a well-established and highly respected integrated community CAMHS service that has extensive reach across the whole Islington borough, and that has been providing an embedded CAMH service in all schools in the borough for more than 10 years.


The MHSTs will also work closely with our new integrated social and emotional mental health Intake team, which launches in early October 2019 and includes third sector and Early Help Mental Health providers for CYP, as well as CAMHS CWPs, to provide a stepped care model of mental health support to CYP in education settings.


 The post


We are looking for highly skilled senior clinicians who have experience in leading on and delivering CAMHS work in education settings. The successful candidates will also have experience of delivering, teaching and supervising evidence-based practice for children and young people’s mental health and will be skilled in CBT.


 The role will include:

  1. MHST lead role – the post holders will each be the joint lead clinician in one MHST with the educational psychologist in the team, one based in the north and one in the south of the borough. In the first year, the role will involve establishing the remit of the teams, working closely with the EP/joint team lead, EMHP training course, the team manager, project manager, central CAMHS team managers and head of multi-agency CAMHS and with education and local authority partners.
  2. Line management and supervision of EMHPs – the post holders will need to be eligible for the Postgraduate Certificate in Children & Young People's IAPT Supervision and to apply separately to it. They will be required to attend the course, based at Kings College London, for approximately 20 days over the first year and complete assignments as required by the course. They will each provide weekly supervision to four EMHPs on the delivery of evidence-based interventions for anxiety, low mood and behaviour difficulties, and education-specific interventions.  In addition to supervision, they will assist with EMHP assessments and support interventions where appropriate.  Experience with CBT interventions is essential and knowledge of the guided self-help interventions that the EMHPs will offer is important.
  1. Responsibility for the programme of induction and local training of the EMHPs.
  2. Establishing the referral routes for EMHP direct clinical work and for managing the EMHP caseloads.
  3. Establishing the indirect workload of the EMHPs, including workshops and trainings.
  4. Ensuring the EMHP caseload is compliant with their course requirement.
  5. Establishing links and good working relationships with the CAMHS CWP team, including possible joint group supervision.



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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Anna Picciotto, Head of Multi-Agency CAMHS.; 020 3316 1824

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 3241