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Mental Health in Schools Senior Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 a year pa inc
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health in Schools Supervising Practitioner, Band 6

Full Time: 37.50 hours per week

Greenwich CAMHS are excited to be recruiting a senior practitioner for the Mental Health in Schools Team. The Mental Health in Schools Teams are part of an exciting trailblazer project funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community.
There is a specific focus on developing more access to helping and improving the general culture of emotional support within all primary and secondary schools. Working alongside community partners the Mental Health in Schools Team will be integrated with community CAMHS Early intervention team and educational settings.

Main duties of the job

The Senior practitioner role for MHST will be to support the delivery of all interventions provided by Educational Mental Health Practitioners, ensuring that a wide range of evidence based interventions are used to support young people's mental health and to ensure integration within EIT is seamless and transparent. You will support leadership and will be involved in the development of the MHST alongside the team manager and other senior colleagues in the service and within the borough. We seek to appoint enthusiastic and dynamic Senior Practitioners who are passionate about CAMHS, with a demonstrable track record of CAMHS clinical experience. You will have experience of holding a clinical caseload and will be a CAMHS professional, registered with a professional body.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please See Attached Job Description and Person Specification

The senior practitioner role will focus on providing day to day clinical support for the EMHP. The team will require development and there will be specific work to ensure robust integration across the schools pathway. The role will be working alongside community partners and developing relationships between the new MHST and educational settings.

The role will ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the MHST, providing high quality, safe and responsive specialist mental health services and interventions to children, young people, parents/carers and professionals provided in accordance with Children and Young Peoples IAPT principles, in partnership with service users and partner agencies, working as part of a multi-agency system.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • RN Mental Health oCQSW/CSS/DipSW or equivalent Social Work qualification/Dip or BSc OT or other equivalent qualification.
  • Specialist training in a subject/skill relevant to Child & and Adolescent Mental Health (0-18 years) together with CYP IAPT Dip in CBT/SFP/IPT-A
  • Registration with relevant Professional body



  • At least 2 years post registration experience in a setting where mental health is the primary focus some of which should have been in a CAMHS setting and at least 2 years at Band 6.

Skills, Ability and Knowledge


  • Ability to maintain and manage own clinical/non-clinical workload and work autonomously within the specialist area
  • Experience of working with Parents/Carers to support young people and experience of offering therapeutic clinical interventions to young people
  • Experienced in CAMHS assessments & clinical work including assessing risk

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HPH, Memorial, Schools & Remote,


SE18 3RZ

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