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Clinical Practitioner (Nurse)

Job Reference: 455-MH2189-AB-C

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Practitioner
Highgate Mental Health Centre, London
£29,057 - ££36,134 p.a inclusive of HCAS

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

By applying for this role, you accept in the event you are successful that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which is aimed at improving efficiencies within the NHS both to make costs savings for NHS organisations but also to save you time when your employment transfers. Therefore we want you to complete your e-learning modules prior to joining our organisation.

We have an exciting opportunity for confident clinicians who have a genuine commitment to providing person centred care!


Islington crisis team is looking for a new Band 5 Clinical Practitioner (Registered Nurse)


We are seeking talented, proactive & confident Registered Mental Health Nurse Practitioners to join our workforce.

Applications are welcome from Newly Qualified Nurses however placement experience in an acute mental health setting would be preferable. Of course we welcome those band 5's with experience in acute mental health also.


Covering Camden and Islington, we offer an intensive crisis resolution and home treatment service providing mental health assessment and care to residents of the boroughs, a robust gate keeping service for in-patient facilities and support early discharges where appropriate


To fulfil this role, the team provides a 24 hour service, 365 days per year


You must be willing and committed to working as part of a rota to include weekends, days and evenings, both for face to face clinical shifts and within the Crisis Call Centre. Early shifts are 8am - 4pm and late shifts are 1pm - 9pm though through flexible working some staff also work long days.


Much home treatment in the community takes place within the home, so you must also be able to drive or to travel independently via public transport and possess the capacity and confidence to undertake lone working.


Excellent communication skills are an expected pre-requisite as is the capacity to utilise all forms of electronic communications. The Trust uses electronic record-keeping throughout all its services.

Therefore in addition to face to face interventions, you will also possess strong telephone negotiation and support skills and be part of a rotating staff roster which populates Camden and Islington’s Crisis Call Centre.


Here, the crisis team staff members are able to successfully support the community by offering a clinically led mental health telephone line that triages crisis calls, helping to problem solve at this initial point of contact whilst allowing the teams on the ground to focus on quality face to face contacts. This is a unique skill set which new staff are supported with through 1:1 training, supernumerary time and in-house training.

Successful applicants will be expected to share clinical day to day management responsibility as required at team/service level including occasional cover for the Band 6 Clinical Specialists. They will also be required to support junior staff and, where appropriate, trainees and students.

The team is a robust example of a Multi-disciplined team consisting of Nurses, social workers, OT, graduate mental health workers, support worker, psychologists and psychiatrists offering a range of therapeutic modalities, using evidence based interventions in accordance with the requirements of service line care pathways.


Islington Crisis Team is an interesting and innovative team to work in. It is accredited by HTAS (home treatment accreditation scheme) run by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is shortly going to be trialing the Open Dialogue Approach working alongside colleagues in the R&R community team.

Across the teams, we are a dynamic, ever evolving and fast-paced service, welcoming applications from enthusiastic, committed individuals who enjoy working with acutely unwell service users with a broad range of mental health and social issues.


There are great opportunities for progression within the crisis teams and we welcome people with a great work ethic and dedication to personal development and delivering safe, inclusive, evidence-based practice.

The acute division provides mental health services to a diverse and multi-cultural population and endeavours to reflect this in its workforce. Bilingual or multilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to consider applying.


Camden and Islington Trust cares about the wellbeing of our staff and we understand the challenges and risks they face whilst performing their duties both onsite and in the community.

We have a dedicated HR Wellbeing and Benefits Manager with information on all our staff benefits and services available for staff to utilise as part of the Change and Inspire Health and Wellbeing programme including:

• Childcare vouchers
• DSE Eye Test Scheme
• Season ticket loan
• Bicycle Loan
• Discounted gym membership
• Annual Health and Wellbeing events
• Health and Wellbeing Newsletter, mailing list and latest offers
• Health challenges and workshops
• Workplace Health Champions
• Counselling Service

All applications for this post need to be made online with direct reference to the Person Specification. Please click, apply at the end of the advert and register with this site as directed. Any application that does not meet the requirements of the Person Specification will not be shortlisted for interview.

Previous applicants for the Clinical Practitioner role within the Crisis or Mental Health Liaison Teams need not apply.

All short listed applicants will be contacted by email and are advised to check their email accounts regularly. If you have not been contacted within 1 week of the closing date you should assume that you have not been short listed.


For further details please contact: (Islington Crisis Team Manager)

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 aim to develop a workforce that reflects diversity of our population and our service users. We are actively encouraging applications from people with experience of using mental health services and we would welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups such as our black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, and LGBT communities. We also hold the Disability two tick symbol and have made the pledge to commit to employing more people with learning disabilities. If you require this application form in another format i.e. Large print, Braille or audio tape etc., please contact the Recruitment Department on 0203 317 7190 or email resourcing@candi.nhs.ukand we will arrange for this to be sent to you.

At the heart of our work is the drive to improve the quality of life for the population we serve. Quality improvement is an integral thread that runs through our organisation, bringing together staff, service users, families and carers to continually learn how to enhance the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved as well as providing the best possible service at Camden and Islington Trust.

Any applications submitted for this vacancy will be transferred onto our TRAC for the purposes of processing for recruitment.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

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