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Mental Health Practitioner

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a Mental Health Practitioner, to join our fast-growing Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in Havering.

Havering was successful in establishing its first two Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in January 2022 during the Wave 5/6 of the national MHST rollout. We take pride in our multicultural service, where our staff members come from various backgrounds and cultures. We are an innovative and motivated team, passionate about collaborating with educational institutions to support our community through our schools. As part of our commitment to excellence, we are currently engaged in a research project with Edge Hill University, and some staff members are involved in a Quality Improvement (QI) project, ensuring the effectiveness and relevance of our services.

Aligned with the government's priority to enhance access to mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the Mental Health Practitioner role offers an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions. This role involves working across educational and healthcare sectors in England.

MHSTs aims to:
  • Support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems through evidence-based interventions
  • Support schools in developing their whole school approach to mental health
  • Provide timely advice to school staff and to liaise with other services to help children and young people get the right help and stay in education.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work in partnership with schools, to support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.

They will work in partnership with schools, children, young people, and families in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.

Candidates will work as autonomous and responsible practitioners within their scope of practice, alongside education colleagues. They will be experienced (i.e. 1 year post qualification as a EMHP, CWP or PWP) in the delivery of interventions to support CYP in primary, secondary and higher education settings.

The candidate will complete robust assessments, risk assessments, care plans and reviews.

They will be proficient in using ROMs and clinical tools to gather feedback and guide clinical practice, with opportunities for service provision planning and mapping with schools to inform the delivery of support to CYP.

The post holder will join an established team and will be supported to work alongside EMHPs/CWPs in educational settings, as well as working alongside Senior Practitioners to support learning and development. There will be opportunities for individual work, group work and consultation.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

High Cost Area Supplement London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata).

For further details, please refer to the job role attached.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a graduate training (e.g. nursing, social work, EMHP, CWP, PWP, Counselling, Teaching) or equivalent substantial CAMHS clinical experience with a psychological graduate training


  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC, BACP, BPS, GTC) where appropriate.



  • Experience of working with children and young people, their families and others.
  • Experience of working and liaising with a wide variety of agencies and stakeholders
  • Ability to assess risk and to record and communicate it appropriately.
  • Experience of the delivery of specific therapeutic interventions to children, young people or their families (e.g. CBT, solution focused brief therapy)



  • Knowledge of educational environments.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues.
  • Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.



  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Cranham Health Centre

Avon Road


RM14 1RG

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