Senior Mental Health Practitioner

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Support Teams are part of changing the system of school-based mental health support for children and young people. In Birmingham, MHSTs are based within the Early Help service. Currently in Birmingham there are two MHSTs based in the South Birmingham area of the city with further teams due to commence in January 2023.

MHST's work with pupils aged between 5-18 years old, who have universal-universal plus needs under the Right Help Right Time guidance for Birmingham. Along with the Clinical Team Manager, you will be instrumental in achieving the key deliverables of this project.

As part of this team, you will be working with schools to offer early mental health support for pupils and work with the Education Mental Health Practitioners to deliver whole school support for children, young people and their parents.

The Mental Health Support Team sits in the Early Help stage of the Forward Thinking Birmingham model.

Main duties of the job

As the Senior Mental Health Practitioner in the MHST team, your role will be to continue building and embedding the MHST service in schools across the city, screening young people for suitability for the service and working with a caseload of pupils. You will also deliver training and consultation to pupils, their families and education staff. You will provide line management to the EMHP's and offer supervision to both trainee and qualified EMHPs (accredited low intensity supervision training will be provided via Derby university if you do not already possess a qualification in this).

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • Core professional qualification relevant to mental health e.g. nursing with specialism in mental health or learning disability nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychology or Psychotherapy. Professional registration with NMC/HCPC. Or Adult/Childrens Nurse with substantial CAMHS experience. Professional registration with NMC. Or Post Graduate Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or Low Intensity CBT qualification for children/young people and families. Or Postgraduate Diploma for Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP programme) with substantial work experience (applications from EMHPs who had a delayed graduation due to the COVID pandemic are welcomed)
  • Successful completion of the Low Intensity Supervision Training (or equivalent) or willingness to undertake.


  • Accredited training in evidence based psychological treatment



  • Evidence of clinical development
  • Collaborative working
  • Experience of effective engagement with families and carers
  • Experience of managerial and clinical leadership
  • Experience of organising team duties
  • Experience of inducting staff members to the area with confidence
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.


  • Leadership or management experience
  • Experience of managing within a variety of Children and Young People Clinical service areas.
  • Experience of working in an educational environment
  • Experience of Providing mentorship
  • Experience of working in a community environment
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of audit and evaluation methodology and contribute in the audit process.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of recent Government initiatives and understanding of how to apply these in practice.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the overall vision of the development of the Mental Health Support Team.

Other Requirements


  • Full driving license and access to a car on a daily basis
  • Demonstrate alignment with the values and beliefs of the Trust
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practices of equality and inclusion in the delivery of this role



  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues
  • Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence
  • Experience of assessment of risk and to record and communicate it appropriately.



  • Experience of managing several pieces of work in tandem and the ability to communicate updates effectively with managers
  • Experience in working with external stakeholders
  • Experience in leading a team through change management and performance management
  • Good working knowledge of the Microsoft packages including Excel, Word, Outlook mail and calendar and Powerpoint
  • Experience of clinical note keeping
  • Knowledge of GPDR

Personal skills and attributes


  • A sound understanding and working practice of working with people from diverse culture and backgrounds
  • The ability to communicate effectively with families who may be difficult to engage
  • Team working
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required


  • Experience in developing engaging tools/activities to communicate effectively in diverse settings.
  • An understanding of youth culture/social media to assist in communication and engagement.

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Printing House Street


B4 6DF

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