Senior Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Potters Bar
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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 Supervisors 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.

This role is a chance to make a difference in young lives, and as such duties will include elements of operational management in support of the Team Leader as well as clinical activity.

Main duties of the job

As a Supervisor you will be expected to support the Team Leader to contribute to the creation and development of Mental Health Support Teams with a unique opportunity to be part of 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.

This approach requires flexibility, dynamism and above all a passion for working with children and young people in educational settings whilst also motivating, inspiring and supporting your team to do the same.

Supervisors will be responsible for the delivery of evidence based interventions within Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in schools and colleges. This includes the expectancy of having a manageable case load whilst providing supervision for Qualified and Trainee EMHPs.

Supervisors will be graduate qualified health care professional and will have some level of formal CBT training (e.g. CYP-IAPT), or have completed the HEE Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practice or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing Practice for children and young people and have previous consolidated post graduate experience of working with young people with emotional and mental health issues.

In addition, candidates will have experience in delivering evidenced-based CBT interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety, low mood and behavioural problems to CYP both individually and in groups.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be expected to work in schools closely with school staff to support CYP, their families and staff to foster a whole school approach to mental well-being meaning a commitment to travel within the aforementioned areas.

The Supervisors will play a key role in:

* Forming strong working relations with a variety of stakeholders

* Providing consultations to education colleagues and support education setting to embed a whole school approach to wellbeing

* Developing and delivering evidence-based time limited interventions to young people within education settings

* Evidencing the outcomes of the MHST service

* Providing clinical supervision to trainee Education and Mental Health practitioners.

It is essential for you to be willing to successfully complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision for Children and Young People's Mental Health (CYPMH) course at university on a part time basis.

Post holder will be expected to start their training at the earliest opportunity upon appointment.

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.

The post-holder will be based in one of our partner schools within the locality of their choice.

HPFT are committed to progressing and supporting their staff with career development and training alongside ensuring staff health, wellbeing and job satisfaction. Candidates are requested to indicate their geographic preference in their application.

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. We actively encourage progression, staff training and development and would welcome you in joining us as we continue to grow.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • A professional qualification with professional registration in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, social work, counselling, mental health nursing, Psychotherapy) at degree level or equivalent.
  • Core post graduate training in provision of low intensity CBT, e.g. CWP /CYP-IAPT qualification plus post qualification experience
  • Postgraduate Diploma for Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP programme)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice


  • Accredited CBT qualification
  • Mentor / Practice Educator qualification
  • Documented evidence of continued professional development.
  • Post-graduate training in mental health
  • Appropriate UK professional registration
  • Mentor / Practice Educator supervision training



  • Significant post qualification experience of working in a range of settings relevant to the post.
  • Significant experience of assessing people in a variety of settings who have an acute mental health presentation.
  • Experience of working with young people presenting with emotional/psychological difficulties and challenging behaviour.
  • Experience and knowledge of implementing safeguarding procedures for children and adults.
  • Experience and knowledge of working in a multi-ethnic community.
  • Experience of teaching and training in practice
  • Experience of peer supervision, supervising colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team and consultation in other agency settings.


  • Experience of supporting young people in an educational setting



  • Knowledge of legislation related to children and/or adolescent's mental health and social care e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act, Child Protection and Safeguarding of Vulnerable Children etc.
  • Knowledge of recent developments in mental health/learning disability provision for young people including government initiatives.
  • Knowledge of current developments in research and its application with regards to children and young people's mental wellbeing
  • Facilitating clinical supervision


  • Ability to teach and train others using multi-media materials suitable for presentation within public, professional and academic settings.

Skills and Aptitude


  • Deliver care with respect, dignity, compassion and recovery focused.
  • Clinical skills to assess young people in a variety of settings who have an acute mental health presentation.
  • Comprehensive risk assessment skills.
  • Specific clinical skills applicable in a community or educational setting e.g. brief therapy, cognitive therapy, and anxiety management, de-escalation.
  • Confidence to work autonomously in the community and use own initiative, and make decisions in complex situations.
  • Ability to deal sensitively with stressful situation including staff and organisational problems child abuse family breakdown mental ill health and risk of self-harm.


  • Delivering a range of evidence based early intervention techniques for relevant service user group.

Communication Skills


  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing at an age-appropriate level - complex, highly technical, and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and professionals within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to children and/or adolescents, carers and colleagues in a way that addresses psychological resistance.
  • Ability to work flexibly across service boundaries.
  • Skills in liaising with other agencies and providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
  • Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues

Analytical Skills


  • Ability to maintain high standards of record keeping, including data entry and recording.
  • Ability to assess and manage risks.



  • A commitment to work in ways which support equality and diversity and treat everyone with appropriate dignity and respect



  • Car driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010 which prevents you from driving)
  • Disclosure and Barring approval (formally CRB check).
  • Able to travel independently across the Trust.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside office hours when required by the role.
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