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Young People's Mental Health Practitioner - Autism Specialist

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023
Managinga caseload within Salford CAMHS i-reachThrive In Education Team, the post holder will provide a range of high quality care appropriate to the child or young person's needs which will include full mental health assessment, risk assessment and management, family and social assessment, consultation and brief, focused therapy based interventions as part of delivering evidence-based interventions.

The post holder will work closely with the Senior Mental Health Lead in selected schools to support the development of a Whole School Approach to Mental Health and offering advice and consultation. The post holder will ensure this service is adapted to ensure the emotional and mental health needs of neurodiverse young people are met.

Whilst the post is a clinical post with expectation of the majority of time spent in actual delivery of school-based interventions, as a senior clinician on the team, there will be an expectation that supervision, support and guidance is offered to junior members of the team as well as a contribution to the ongoing development and progression of the team.

The promotion of mental health and wellbeing within education settings in an essential element of this role, ensuring whole school approaches to mental health are established and that there is effective partnership working across agencies to ensure young people's needs are appropriately met.

Main duties of the job

To undertake the receipt and screening of referrals, obtaining further information if needed.

To take a lead in developing Salford i-reach Neuro-Diverse offer as part of TiE to Salford Thrive schools

To undertake assessment of referrals in schools, including risk assessment, gathering appropriate information from the child, their family as well as conducting classroom-based school observations and gather information as appropriate from other relevant agencies.

To be able to complete all necessary Routine Outcome Measures with the young person, family and professional's, enter them onto the relevant data base and use them as an integral part of the ongoing intervention package.

Following a comprehensive child and parent assessment, to develop a formulation and plan for intervention, in collaboration with the child, young person and parents/carers and communicating this to the referrer and other relevant professionals.

To utilise, in collaboration with the child, young person and family, assessment and outcome measures throughout all clinical activity and supervision, maintaining up to date records of such in clinical notes (paper and electronic).

To implement, co-ordinate and regularly review further assessment and a range of therapeutic interventions, including risk management, utilising the skills and expertise of the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies where appropriate.

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.5bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & Salford, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not currently a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, there is helpful advice and information available by searching on the NHS England website where you can also find out more about how to access the vaccination.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • You must be registered/have accreditation (or be accreditable) with a professional body and you must have a recognised qualification relevant to the post:
  • Significant post qualification experience of working with children and young people with autism and social communication difficulties.
  • Significant experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties in a school/college setting
  • Experience of mentoring and supervision of others
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in delivery of evidence-based practice
  • To have the ability to manage own caseload and act as lead practitioner.


  • Experience of delivering training
  • ADOS trained
  • Delivery of group work and workshops.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Pendleton Gateway



M6 5FX

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