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Team Leader MHST

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 max £2,011
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Please be advised, the base location of this role is subject to change.

As part of Hertfordshire CAMHS transformation, our priority is simple: to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

Driven by this goal and in line with NHS long term plans, we have exciting new opportunities for a Team Leader to work at the forefront of innovation in Children's and Young Peoples Mental Health and to play an instrumental role in a forward-thinking service delivering interventions into schools and other settings in Hertfordshire.

To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary Mental Health Schools Teams, assisting in the provision of a high quality service to students (and their families) experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The role requires skills in assessing, planning, organising, reviewing and supervision. The post holder will be involved in delivering informed processes and evidence based interventions to support the recovery of young people referred to the service. This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards. The post holder will utilise their skills and knowledge of CBT and child and adolescent mental health practice in order to provide clinical supervision to Senior Practitioners and line management to Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) in the team.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to appoint an experienced manager with clinical experience who has theability to provide strong leadership, to contribute tothe development and implementation of a high quality service to meet the needs of children and young people in education settings.

Furthermore the post holder will be responsible for establishing and maintaining team systems and processes for the effective operation of the team, including outcome measurements, audit and annual service policy review. The post holder will act in support with fellow Team Leaders in providing Leadership and advice across the MHST Service

This is an exciting opportunity fora strong leader to further develop their skills in an area that is challenging but extremely rewarding. If you feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for then we would welcome an application from you.

The posts will have administrative base in the East Herts area.

About us

HPFT MHST works with Young people with mild to moderate mental health presentations attending school in the East Herts area.

HPFT are committed to progressing and supporting their staff with career development and training alongside ensuring staff health, wellbeing and job satisfaction. Each position will be based in our new areas of East Herts.

Be the catalyst to inspire future generations and make a difference - join the HPFT MHSTs today!

HPFT has continued to expand this service and currently holds 9 MHSTs as a provider with this additional teamsunderway, including staff development and progression opportunities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The purpose of the team is to:
  • Provide evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues.
  • Support the senior mental health lead in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school or college approach.
  • Give timely advice to school and college staff, and liaising with external specialist services, to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.

As a team leader your main duties and responsibilities:
  • To provide assessment of health and psychosocial care needs in an educational setting, and risk assessment of children and/or adolescents presenting with a wide variety of mild to moderate mental health and social needs
  • To provide consultation as required to other professionals (such as teachers and family workers) around mental health issues in children and young people in schools.
  • To offer interventions such as CBT, solution focussed work, guided self-help and group support to children and young people within an educational setting.
  • To enhance emotional wellbeing and to promote or build resilience in children and young people through educational workshops, assemblies and PSHE lessons.
  • To deliver psycho education and support to parents/carers and teachers.
  • To provide clinical supervision and line management to the team who will be using CBT based approaches in their direct work with young people.
  • To produce accurate records, reports and observations as required
  • To refer on, or signpost, to appropriate specialist agencies.
  • To liaise closely with other professionals GPs, Paediatricians, Specialist CAMHS, school counsellors, Childrens Services and other voluntary agencies.
  • To be computer literate and have working knowledge of relevant IT software packages
  • To measure outcomes for all interventions
  • To have an awareness of data collection and to understand the importance of this.
  • Participate fully in providing quality care in line with local and national guidelines e.g. NICE Guidance & Quality Standards relating to children and/or young people with mental health disorders and social care difficulties
  • To participate in regular managerial and clinical supervision.
  • To contribute to team multi-disciplinary working.
  • To attend and participate in training, supervision and the appraisal process, to ensure professional development and competence.Research and Service Evaluation
  • To participate in audit, evaluation and research projects as agreed with professional and line management.
  • To collaborate with other team members in the design and implementation of audit and research projects.

The post-holder will be based in one of our partner schools.

Person Specification



  • A registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, social work, counselling, nursing, psychotherapy) from a UK university or OR skills-based training in counselling or delivering mental health interventions in young people to support emotional health and wellbeing up to degree or equivalent level
  • Additional specialist courses relevant to providing mental health support to support emotional health and wellbeing of the child and young people and in relation to providing evidence based interventions.


  • Cert or Dip in Management
  • MSC or equivalent
  • Mentoring and Assessing Students Qualification

Knowledge & Experience


  • Experience of working with CYP with emerging mental health needs
  • Experience in the management and leadership of a clinical team
  • Experience of multi-professional working/case management
  • Experience of contributing to operational policy
  • Understanding of educational settings
  • Knowledge of social and educational contributions to MH
  • Experience of community focussed care
  • Experience of completing assessments


  • Experience of working within an education setting



  • Ability to lead a multi-professional team and provide ongoing operational clinical and professional supervision
  • Budget and resource management
  • Understanding of legislation and policy
  • Able to establish and maintain effective links with statutory & non-stat agencies


  • Service Development/ Leading Change

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work collaboratively with external agencies
  • Holistic approach to service delivery
  • Excellent communication- verbal and written
  • Tenacious and self-motivated
  • Balanced and objective

Physical Requirements


  • Car Driver


  • Car Owner

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Hailey Hall School

Hailey Lane


SG13 7PB

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