Senior Education Mental Health Practitioner

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity for a registered Health & Social Care professional to join the newly establishing CAMHS School In-Reach Service. You will work directly with education teams of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools across North Wales in Wrexham/Flintshire, Denbighshire/Conwy and Gwynedd/Ynys Mon to enhance the support already provided by our specialist CAMHS colleagues and other stakeholders.

The service has received further funding from Welsh Government to roll out across North Wales after the completion of the successful pilot delivered in Wrexham and Denbighshire. See the link to read the external evaluation summary of the pilot phase Evaluation of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) In-Reach to Schools Pilot Programme. Final report: Executive Summary ( or Gwerthusiad o Raglen Beilot Mewngymorth y Gwasanaethau Iechyd Meddwl Plant a'r Glasoed (CAMHS). Adroddiad terfynol: Crynodeb Gweithredol (

We are hoping to recruit practitioner/s permanently to contribute to setting up this service in the areas above. You will be based working from home and will have access to an area hub office. As a Senior Education Mental Health Practitioner, you will be responsible for the management of a small team to provide direct CAMHS mental health consultation, advice, guidance and training to education staff and provide indirect support to the learners attending schools within a given area.

Main duties of the job

If you are passionate about working in early intervention, wanting to promote mental health and wellbeing for staff and learners and would like to offer your skills and experience to this exciting new role please do not hesitate to contact Sophie Gorst on 07799342049 or email to discuss the role further.

The ability to drive/travel across the two counties is essential and on occasions across the North Wales region. The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post and would be an advantage when working alongside schools within the area. . Please note if you are unable to work full time, alternative working patterns will be considered. Please note this post is predominately working with adults, working indirectly with children through the provision of consultation, and building the capacity of education staff to respond to the emerging mental health needs of children and young people, a knowledge and/or experience of working with people across the life span would be advantage.

The ability to speak Welsh is essential for this post.

About us

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job Description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • Experience and study equivalent to Master's degree level in Mental Health
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered Nurse Learning Disabilities or Registered Occupational Therapist or Registered Social Worker or Registered experience Neurodevelopmental Practitioner with a recognised body
  • Post-registration / accreditation training in evidence-based psychological therapies (e.g. CBT, Systemic therapy, solution-focused therapy, etc.)
  • Evidence of continuous Professional Development relevant to the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Professional qualifications and skills must complement the multi-disciplinary and skill mix of the Team


  • Training in providing clinical supervision
  • Evidence of advanced training in psychological interventions / therapy and accreditation with appropriate body



  • Substantial experience of working in mental health services for children and young people
  • Experience of supervising and developing other staff
  • Experience of meeting agreed/specified service targets
  • Substantial experience of managing own caseload and time and of working highly independently
  • Experience of providing consultation, training, supervision to a range of staff groups in order to build capacity in the system
  • Demonstrates high standards in all forms of communication
  • Experience of leading change or new initiatives or other service development
  • Evidence of supporting daily living, community networking, health promotion and an understanding of the Recovery Model


  • Experience of working in an Education setting
  • Experience of organising and facilitating psycho-education to groups of services users
  • Experience of providing mental health support to people in a range of service contexts
  • Experience working in a stepped care service for common mental health problems



  • Excellent communication skills in order to work closely with a wide range of professional groups in a wide range of settings, communicating in a way that is informed by local service issues, theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the training of those professionals and strengths / deficits in their knowledge
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills in order to persuade, negotiate with and motivate parents and professionals in helping them to understand and support child mental health issues.
  • Knowledge and skills necessary to support a range of professionals to work with children and young people in a way that is formulation-driven, evidence-based, structured and effective
  • Ability to interpret complex facts and situations requiring analysis and an understanding of a range of options available
  • Strong planning and organisational skills necessary to promote inter-agency partnership working
  • The capacity to deliver psychological therapies in individual, family and group formats, incorporating a range of skills to meet a broad spectrum of presenting issues
  • Ability to adapt approach according to the needs, values, capacities, social context and resources of children, young people Ability to speak Welsh 14 and their families
  • Ability to undertake clinical risk assessment and act appropriately on the basis of this
  • Ability to develop and maintain good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Ability to work within a team and across agencies, developing excellent working relationships and a professional partnership approach to achieve best outcomes
  • Ability to engage in and use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to provide information, guidance and advice about mental health issues to service users, carers and a wide range of Tier One professionals
  • Basic IT skills, including word processing and database packages Ability to use outcome measures for both clinical and audit purposes Ability to think strategically and to feed local knowledge and developments into strategic planning for the service.
  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Ability to use outcome measures for both clinical and audit purposes
  • Ability to think strategically and to feed local knowledge and developments into strategic planning for the service.



  • Highly developed specialist knowledge including theoretical knowledge both of 'normal' child development and of children's and young peoples' mental health, across the full spectrum of mental health issues
  • Knowledge of adult mental health issues and in particular an understanding of how these may impact on parenting and caring for children and young people.
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding legislation and procedures for children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Knowledge of the national and local strategic context relevant to children's and young peoples' mental health including relevant legislation.
  • Understanding of and a commitment to the use of recovery focussed models of care and support in mental health.
  • Understanding of and a commitment to values underpinning the provision of mental health and wellbeing services in primary care.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the stigma and discrimination that can sometimes be experienced by individuals suffering mental health problems, older adults and people with learning disabilities, and shows a commitment to challenging all discriminatory beliefs and behaviour.


  • Evidence of advanced post-registration training in psychological interventions/therapy

Personal Skils and Abilities


  • Demonstrable commitment to working in a school-based setting to improve mental health and wellbeing
  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation.
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure and with a high level of professional autonomy
  • Ability to be self reflective.
  • Hold a full driving license with access to a vehicle which can be used for work purposes.
  • Ability to communicate in the medium of Welsh is essential for working within the West (Gwynedd/Ynys Mon). (if the successful applicant wishes to further develop their language skills s/he will be supported through the personal development plan process)

Employer details

Employer name

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board




LL55 1BN

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