- Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Clinical Social Worker/ Clinical Nurse Specialist with additional psychotherapeutic training
- NHS AfC: Band 7
- 2 years fixed term
- 30 hours (8 sessions) per week
- £39,866 to £49,704 per annum (pro rata) inc. HCAS
- 20/02/2019 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.
Adult and Forensic Services Directorate
Team Around The Practice (TAP) Camden.
We are seeking specialist Psychological therapists with a Core NHS discipline.
Clinical Nurse Specialist / Specialist Clinical Social Worker / Clinical or Counselling Psychologist.
The post is to provide brief psychological therapies/psychotherapy in a Primary Care Service informed in large part by applied Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic therapies.
TAP provides Primary Care based psychological therapies within a partnership primary care mental health service with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, MIND in Camden (Social Prescribing), Camden iCope (IAPT) and Hillside Clubhouse (for employment support)
The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health Trust with a focus on Training and Education alongside a full range of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and Psychological Therapies. The Trust is committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. Our contribution is distinctive in 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.
The Adult and Forensic Services comprises a range of specialised out-patient services for adults with complex needs and, through the Portman Clinic, for children, adolescents and adults who are disturbed by their delinquent, criminal, violent and sexually damaging behaviours.
Primary Care Services sit within the Adult and Forensic Directorate & comprise two main services; The City and Hackney Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service (PCPCS) and the Team around the Practice (TAP) service in Camden. Both teams offer an applied Psychotherapeutic service in Primary Care settings with a range of interventions underpinned by psychodynamic, relational, attachment and systemic thinking.
Most of the clinical interventions offered in this post are one to one brief psychotherapeutic treatments, extended consultations and occasionally joint consultation with GPs together with patients.
You will have a well-developed capacity to engage with complex (and at times professionally challenging) presentations of patients, using experience and theory. Your work will be grounded in professional maturity that enables a boundaried and flexible approach to individuals, taking interest in the internal without losing sight of the current external environment (including risk). An awareness of the wider systems involved and skills in communicating sensitively and directly to both patients and those involved in the provision of linked services is important.
In our model of work in GP practices you will be part of the core clinical team (who have a ‘home base’ where all admin and team functions take place as well as membership of MDT Primary Care teams with GPs, Nurses and colleagues from other physical and mental health services alongside There are real opportunities for integrated and collaborative working, alongside the complexity and challenge of helping to make sense of multi-faceted presentations that need unpicking and formulating.
The City and Hackney Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service (PCPCS) is an innovative outreach service, which supports GPs throughout the London boroughs of City and Hackney in the treatment and management of patients with complex mental health, Medically Unexplained Symptoms and in frequent but ineffective health service use, or infrequent use of appropriate services leaving a feeling of stuckness and in some cases an over reliance or adhesive attachment to physical medicine, pharmacology or emergency & crisis services.
TAP is designed to meet the needs of specific groups of patients who fall through gaps in existing service provision and may be more likely to take up GP time but not reach secondary care thresholds. They may be difficult to manage in primary care because of the complexity of their conditions. Referral is primarily by GP however we do take some cases from other local mental health services where our work seems most appropriate to the presenting needs.
Research and clinical evidence suggests that these criteria include a range of co-morbidities including complex and other trauma, personality disorder or difficulties and a history of maltreatment with attachment difficulties in childhood. The trajectory of our patient group can have serious consequences for health, relationships, opportunity and iatrogenic risks through over investigation, poly-pharmacy or even unnecessary surgery.
You will play a key role in nurturing close liaison with specific groups of GP’s and other primary care staff, and other statutory and voluntary sector agencies.
There are opportunities for Continuing Professional Development with a series of weekly clinical academic seminars, weekly supervision and group based clinical seminars. You will also join your discipline based organisational peer group (nursing/ social work/ psychology) who provide support and have input into CPD. You will have CPD time to attend discipline meetings.
Candidates are requested to use the section "Supporting Information" on the application form to set out their reasons for applying and their suitability, referring to the person specification, for this post.
For a job description and to apply please visit NHS Jobs
Closing date for applications: 20th February 2019
Provisional interview date: TBC
The closing date given is a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment. Candidates suitable for shortlisting will be contacted within three weeks. If you have not heard from us within this time then you have not been successful on this occasion
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
Tim Kent, Primary Care Service Lead on Tkent@tavi-port.nhs.uk,
Dr Mel Mahadevan, Consultant Psychiatrist & Medical Psychotherapist on MMahadevan@tavi-port.nhs.uk or
Dr Gabriella Rubino, Principle Psychologist & Psychotherapist, Clinical Operations Manager on GRubino@tavi-port.nhs.uk
Office number 0208 938 2703
If you have problems applying, contact
- 0208 938 2497