MHST Senior Clinician

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
North Walsham
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

View more

Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a new Senior Clinician (B7) to support within schools in North Norfolk, delivering evidence-based intervention for children and young people and their families with mild to moderate mental health problems.

Are you ready for a new challenge and a real opportunity to make a difference?

Are you interested in working in early intervention services in child and adolescent mental health services?

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to join our growing service. The successful candidate will work closely with their Team and Clinical Lead, to ensure that the MHST is a success.

They will join a dynamic service in a creative environment where evidence-based interventions, new ideas, ways of working and supporting children and young people are actively encouraged.

For the right candidate, the start date can be as soon as possible.

(Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised)

Main duties of the job

In this role you will support and provide a high-quality service to students (and their families) experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. This will be done through the supervision of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), and through direct delivery of evidence-based interventions to support the recovery of young people referred to the service, utilising skills and knowledge of CBT and child and adolescent mental health practice, and knowledge of whole school approaches to mental health.

This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards.

This is a unique opportunity to take on managerial and supervisory experience, whilst also engaging in important clinical work within schools and colleges.

The post would be ideally suited to a clinician looking to broaden their professional skillset, whilst being part of a new national initiative to increase the numbers of children, young people and their families supported within an early intervention mental health service.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as part of an existing team delivering mild to moderate mental health support across Norfolk and Waveney: The Mental Health Support Team (MHST). MHSTs are based within schools, ensuring children and young people receive faster access to earlier mental health support. You will be one of the key members in the running of this service, and when necessary and appropriate deputise for the Clinical Lead

To provide assessment of health, development, and biopsychosocial needs in an educational setting, and provide a risk assessment of children and/or adolescents presenting with a wide variety of mild to moderate mental health and social needs.

Work creatively with the Clinical Lead and other members of the team to create training packages for teachers and support and awareness sessions for young people and parents/carers.

Support the team to plan and organise activities, prioritise and assist other members of the team to coordinate the care of the children and/or adolescents in the schools.

Complete psychosocial formulations to inform care planning.

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 provide consultation as required to young people around their mental health difficulties.

To provide consultation as required to parents around the mental health difficulties of their primary school aged children.

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.

Supervise and manage other members of the team, including Senior Wellbeing Practitioners and Trainee EMHPs, through the delivery CBT-informed supervision.

To oversee the formulation of treatment and management plans for schools, parents, children and young people being supported by the EMHPs and the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners, using a range of specialist psychological interventions appropriate to the service in individual and group and group contexts.

To work with the team and stakeholders to determine how delivery of care will need to be altered in the different settings dependent on need (for example to consider the provision required for special schools).

To produce accurate records, reports and observations as required

To refer on, or signpost, to appropriate specialist agencies.

To liaise closely with other professionals including colleagues in the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service, GPs, Paediatricians, Specialist CAMHS, school counsellors, Childrens Services and other voluntary agencies.

To measure outcomes for all interventions.

To contribute to team multi-disciplinary working.

To support the roll out of further MHSTs within Norfolk and Waveney.

Demonstrate appropriate understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care to children and/or adolescents.

Demonstrate an understanding of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act. The post holder will also have an understanding of the Safeguarding Children and Child Protection procedures.

The post-holder will be required to work with young people whose behaviour is personally challenging and deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.

To present findings and outcomes of the implementation of the MHST and support the in the continual improvement of the team and roll out of subsequent teams.

For more information or an informal chat please contact

Jo Dennison: or 07783885476


Annabel Trick: or 07783886187.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Appropriate and valid UK professional registration. This could be in psychology, systemic family therapy, psychotherapy , teaching, social work, nursing, occupational health or an undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • o Qualified Clinical Psychology/Systemic Family Therapist/CBT Therapist/ Appropriate UK Registration


  • Post Graduate clinical supervision training/qualification (e.g. CYP IAPT) or a willingness to attend identified training

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of legislation relating to children's mental health (MHA, MCA, Safeguarding)


  • Knowledge and understanding of common mental health stressors in an educational setting.



  • Experience working with children and/or adolescents with mild-moderate mental health problems
  • Appreciates the significance of safeguarding and interprets this accurately for all individual children and young people whatever their life circumstances.


  • Experience of delivering psycho education workshops to professionals, young people and/or parents/carers.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


Northfield House

Northfield Road

North Walsham

NR28 0AS

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert