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Islington CAMHS Mental Health Support Team Band 7 clinicians - Clinical or Counselling psychologist, faliy and Systemic Psychotherapist, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, other AHPs

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Islington CAMHS
NHS AfC: Band 7
Fixed term: FTC until 30th November 2021
Part time: 22.5 Hours Per Week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Northern Health Centre, 580 Holloway Road, N7 6LB
£37,570 - £43,772 Per Annum Plus HCAS
07/04/2020 23:59

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Islington CAMHS Mental Health Support Team Band 7 clinicians – two full-time posts


This is an exciting opportunity to jointly join the two new Mental Health Support Teams for all Islington schools, in accordance with Islington’s successful bid to be a Wave 2 Mental Health Support Team site.


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 more than 100 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.

There will be two days of 8b CAMHS management time to oversee the whole project, as well as a project manager based in the local authority.


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 launched 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 role

The Band 7 clinicians' role will include helping to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions and projects aimed at whole school approaches to supporting young people’s mental health and system change.

In addition to providing comprehensive consultation, assessment, risk management and interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties this post is an opportunity to work with school staff and school cultures in developing school environments that are more conducive to supporting sustainably better emotional health and wellbeing. The post may also involve supervising more junior members of the Mental Health Support Teams.

We are looking for one Band 7 CAMHS practitioner to join each of the MHSTs in Islington. The role will involve diverse interventions such as group work, training, and consulting to education colleagues, in addition to carrying out assessments and holding a caseload. This is a specialist mental health post but the successful applicant will be supported to maintain their professional registration and will have access to support/supervision from colleagues from within their discipline, if applicable.

Islington has a well-established and well-respected CAMHS provision into schools and we have been working closely with schools and local authority partners for well over a decade. We have helped develop innovative whole school approaches in the borough including Islington Mental Health and Resiliency Framework (IMHARS) and Islington Trauma Informed Practices in Schools (ITIPS) and so are particularly well placed to develop a service that realises the ambitions laid out in the Green Paper.

If you are excited about partnership working with schools, are passionate about improving access and making services more accessible to diverse communities and want to be at the forefront of developing what successful Mental Health Support Teams in schools could look like, then we are the ideal service for you.

The successful applicant will have experience of delivering a mental health provision in a school setting, established CAMHS experience and will be skilled in establishing and maintaining collaborative multi-agency partnerships. They should have good knowledge and skills in delivering CBT and brief interventions, experience of delivering groups and training, and in using ROMS and supporting others to use them. They should welcome a rich and varied role in this developing team and we would particularly welcome applicants with an interest in co-production and user participation, experience in working with young people with additional needs and neuro atypical presentations and/or an interest in developing trauma informed practices in schools.

Key Relationships:

  • Schools
  • Mental Health Support Team Leads
  • Mental Health Support Teams Clinical Service Manager
  • Mental Health Support Team Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP’s)
  • Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWP’s)
  • Islington Community CAMHS Team
  • SEMH central point of access
  • Health and Wellbeing Team, School Improvement Service
  • Children’s Social Care and Early Help

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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

Helen Aspland, MHST manager: 020 3316 1824;

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