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Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
St Albans
£35,392 to £42,618 a year (pro rata if applicable)
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The Mental Health Support Team in SEN schools are undergoing a major expansion, with our services across Hertfordshire and West Essex.

We are seeking to appoint a motivated, committed, flexible and forward-thinking band 6 MHST Mental Health Practitioner, who is committed to supporting Children and Young People (CYP) with SEND.

This is a very exciting opportunity to be part of an expanding team and to participate in a fully funded qualification, at the university of Reading to become a fully qualified EMHP supervisor.

You will be working in a variety of school environments across Hertfordshire and West Essex, combined with being part of a virtual team to deliver our service. We operate from 7-7 Monday to Friday.

The post is permanent and full time However, the trust is open to exploring part time and flexible working.

A full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 26th October 2023 with interviews running from the 10th November 2023 Interviews will be run using MS Teams and full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.

For further details / informal visits contact:Sarah Garvey - MHST Team Lead, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust on 01727 732031 oremail:

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will beo To support Band 4 and 5 staff within their training and interventionso Have an understanding of school systems.o Able to establish and maintain effective inter-agency and inter-team communicationo To provide specialist assessment, intervention, advice, and consultation on CYP's care to colleagues, professionals from other agencies and to other non-professional carers.o Able to undertake risk assessment and risk managemento Able to plan and to lead workshops and therapeutic groupso Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere
  • Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
  • Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously

About us

We can offer you:o Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development.o Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team and learn from other evidence-based frameworks and approaches.o Involvement in service development including undertaking clinical audits, project work and service forums.o 27 days annual leave, 29 if you have worked for the NHS for 5 years and 33 if you have worked for the NHS for 10 years, in addition to 8 days bank holidays.o Entitlement to the NHS pension scheme.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Person Specification



  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Training and Qualifications


  • o Degree or equivalent in relevant field Professional Qualification supplemented by post graduate diploma specialist training, experience, short courses plus further specialist training to master's equivalent level. o Experience in relevant mental health/learning disability setting. o Specialist knowledge within the field of clinical skills gained through theoretical and practical training and experience. o Membership of relevant professional bodies


  • Approved mental health professional (AMHP). o Further training in relevant areas of Autism, Learning Disability and mental health.



  • o Experience of risk assessment within a mental health or learning disability setting. o Comprehensive assessment skills o Experience of working clinically in a mental health and/or learning disability setting assessing, containing and managing complex cases in a multi-disciplinary setting. o Experience of working with people who have a learning disability and/or autistic spectrum disorder.


  • o To have good knowledge of local community services. o Provision of effective clinical/practice supervision o Experience of developing and delivering training and/or group

Knowledge & Skills


  • o Ability to lead professionally. o Ability to identify appropriate evidence based interventions for mental health and/or challenging behaviour. o Ability to communicate effectively when under pressure and dealing with challenging phone calls. o Ability to perform under pressure, to be able to analyse information effectively, therefore ensuring correct conclusion for action.

Personal Abilities


  • An interest in, and commitment to, working with children who have a learning disability and/or an autistic spectrum disorder and/or mental health difficulties. o Positive interpersonal skills o Able to meet targets and deadlines in line with triage times and returning phone calls. o Values that match positive behaviour ethos.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Sandridge Gate Business Centre

Ronsons Way

St Albans


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