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MHST Senior School Practitioner

Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year pa inc of HCAS pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

The post holder will join the Mental Health Support Team in Schools (MHST). This is an early intervention service that provides high quality support to children, young people, and families, presenting with mild - moderate concerns. Support to schools includes advice and signposting, consultation, delivering brief evidence-based interventions through universal (e.g. whole school approach), targeted (e.g. class or small group intervention) and individual one to one therapeutic support. A key remit of MHST is helping schools develop their whole school approach to mental health. Our work endeavors to join with schools in the promotion of a positive ethos and culture surrounding the social, emotional, and mental health of the entire school community.

Main duties of the job

As an MHST Senior School Practitioner, the post holder will be involved in assessment, consultation, intervention, evaluation as well as mentoring activities. The post holder will be required to work within a multi-disciplinary team delivering a range of outcome focused,evidence-based interventions. This will include the delivery of individual and group interventions. The post holder will undertake comprehensive clinical assessments of young people and families, with development of formulations to guide treatment planning. They will provide high quality communication with families and professional networks.

The MHST Senior school practitioner will support the induction and development of other staff members, such as newly qualified Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) and Child Well-being Practitioners (CWPs). They will act as a positive role model and participate in theeducation, development and mentorship of other staff.

The post holder will contribute to the quality, safety and continuous improvement of services provided to service users and their families. They will take a lead role with projects involving quality improvement and patient participation. This will be a community-based post, most of the work taking place in school settings or other community settings. The post holder must be able be able to work collaboratively with other members of the team, other teams and with our allied partners across education, health, social care and the charity sector.

About us

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information on the role requirements and duties.

Person Specification



  • see job description



  • Degree level as a minimum plus some specialist and practical knowledge and skills equating to Post Graduate Diploma level
  • Registration with HCPC or relevant professional body as appropriate
  • For clinical psychology trainees - the minimum entry is degree level or equivalent with postgraduate diploma/Masters level expected or working towards this qualification



  • At least two years' post qualified experience supporting mental health needs
  • Clinical experience of assessing mental health and wellbeing needs of clients
  • Background understanding of the changing NHS and Social Care environment and the challenges they face
  • Knowledge of legislation national and local policies relevant to Service and client group
  • Experience of working in schools and/or community settings
  • Participation in clinical supervision and experience of contributing to practical training of other service staff


  • Some experience of involvement in project work e.g. quality improvement



  • Personal duty of care in relation to equipment or resources
  • Basic keyboard skills for updating client records
  • Ability to manage own clinical case load under supervision


  • Willingness to contribute to strategic and business planning



  • Skill and knowledge in safeguarding and risk management
  • Skills for assessing and communicating client conditions and applying appropriate clinical treatments



  • Demonstrate equality, diversity and inclusion awareness and application of EDI issues
  • Proactive, positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Ability to work effectively within a team
  • Ability to remain calm whilst under pressure



  • Ability to travel
  • Keyboard / IMT skills

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