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Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting time to join a growing team of dynamic professionals as early intervention is becoming a growing priority nationally.

We are looking for highly motivated, creative individuals to join our team that is committed to improving child and adolescent mental health in Hertfordshire.

Step2 is an Early Intervention CAMHS service that is seeking to recruit an innovative, enthusiastic practitioner who has significant experience of working therapeutically with young people both individually and through group work which is an area that is continually developing. The individual will be committed to providing high quality care for children and young people while working in a dynamic, supportive and caring team.

Step2 values diversity and inclusion and is committed to the recruitment and retention of under-represented groups. We aim to be an equitable service for children, young people and families as well as our team. We may incorporate a hybrid work model and we will consider reasonable work-related adjustments that align with service needs. A full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Please read the attached full job advert before applying for this post.

Main duties of the job

You will be delivering highly skilled clinical work and will be expected to work flexibly, willing to work across the County of Hertfordshire and be able to adapt the way you work to best meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and families.

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

In return, we can offer you:o 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (prorata where applicable)o One of the UK's best pension schemeso Special Leave for family and personal reasonso NHS Car Lease Schemeo Eye Care Voucherso Employee Assistance Programme (emotional wellbeing support)o NHS Discounts

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is voted as one of the 'Top 100 Best Places to Work' (Health Service Journal). Our CQC rating is of 'Good'

You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Please read the attached full job description and person specification information before applying for this post.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Qualification relevant to child mental health at postgraduate level or accredited as a mental health practitioner
  • Training in a specific mental health intervention such as CBT, attachment focused or systemic psychotherapy


  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Knowledge of legislation and policy and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health



  • Experience of working with young people and families
  • Experience working in a brief intervention model

Skills and Abilities


  • The ability to engage with the client group and their families and to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship amid complex and painful difficulties
  • The ability to work with children and young people with complex needs, safeguarding and vulnerable clients
  • The ability to manage conflict and challenging situations
  • The ability to work and co-operate actively as a member of a team and with the wider professional network including other agencies
  • Willingness to use and learn from clinical feedback tools
  • A willingness to seek help and utilise the skills of others as appropriate. This includes the use of clinical supervision and promoting mutual support in a team context
  • IT skills
  • Ability to work with young people whose behaviour is personally challenging and with support, deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships and boundaries with young people
  • Ability to provide a therapeutic environment which contributes to young people's healthy development
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Act within general health, organisational and other occupational policies
  • Ability to think clearly, express self and maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to rapid changes


  • An understanding of Children's IAPT, Thrive and NICE
  • The ability to identify criteria for setting priorities, and set them accordingly and manage the workload dictated by these
  • The ability to plan and organise complex activities requiring formulation, action planning and strategic thinking
  • The capacity to recognise and identify personal training

Personal Qualities


  • A willingness to contribute to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for audit and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area
  • Ability to work in isolation and manage own caseload timely and efficiently
  • Ability to use effective time management and organisational management skills
  • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving license and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)
  • Understands the impact on equality, diversity and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning

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