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Primary Care Service Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8d

Main area
Psychology/ Social Work/ Nursing/ Psychiatry/ management
NHS AfC: Band 8d
1 year fixed term
18.75 hours (5 sessions) per week
Job ref
£80,713 to £93,464 per annum (inc. HCAS) pro rata
22/08/2019 23:59


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.


Primary Care Service Lead.

We are seeking applications from passionate and experienced clinician managers for this leadership role in our innovative Primary Care Services in Hackney and Camden. The clinical service offers brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapies and applied psychological therapies (e.g. DIT/CAT) as well as different forms of group therapy including more traditional models and some creative group work based on the use of Photography and Horticulture.  The lead role combines strategic planning with a relationship building function and an advanced appreciation of applied Psychoanalytic thinking in Primary Care settings for the whole population. Patient access and equity are core to our success together with the availability of high quality clinical services for all members of the community. We run patient involvement groups and have strong links with many partners in the local mental health system.  

The Service Lead will be part of the Adult and Forensic Services Senior management group and a key strategic partner with GPs, commissioners and professional colleagues in the Local Authority, Voluntary sector and acute setting including Homerton Hospital A&E. You will support the already well established contractual partnerships with MIND in Camden for Social prescribing and St Mary’s secret garden in Hackney (Horticultural Group Psychotherapy).

These 5 sessions could be helpfully combined with an existing clinical role, we would be supportive of the applicant continuing with their own clinical work in an appropriate setting and see this as going hand in hand with their ongoing professional development as a manager and leader.   

The physical settings are in a ‘home base’ office at The Monroe Centre in Camden NW3 (TAP) and St Leonard’s Hospital in Hackney N1. Given the centrality of partnership working and collaboration with external stakeholders the post requires regular travel in and occasionally outside London.

The post-holder will be responsible for a range of senior management tasks alongside their critical involvement in the clinical and strategic thinking of both teams. The tasks include; embedded clinical leadership in teams and with GP colleagues, clinical supervision including the management and consultation of complex, risky and iatrogenic cases ,financial management, complaints, HR and data quality, reporting,  offering psychological therapy consultations to patients referred by members of the Pain Management team (e.g. medical pain management consultants or specialist physiotherapists) and the post holder will work alongside other members of the Psychological therapies team.

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Applicant requirements

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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Tim Kent, Primary Care Service Lead via