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Senior Practitioner/Team Leader - Manchester Thrive in Education

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum (Pro Rata)
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about helping young people with mental health problems in an education based outreach service as part of the national Mental Health Support Team programme?

This is an opportunity to work as part of an innovative, expanding early intervention team delivering CBT informed interventions in education setting across Manchester. We are looking for registered professionals including, registered and accredited CBT therapists ideally with an interest/experience in team leadership and supervision.

Manchester Thrive in Education are a Mental Health Support Team who work with Children, Young People and Families aged up to 18 years and who present with a wide range of mental health difficulties. This service is provided across the city in a variety of educational settings including further education colleges, the office base is at the Powerhouse Moss Side, Manchester.We are looking for an experienced mental health practitioner who is able to work autonomously at Band 7, within a multi-disciplinary team. You must have significant and demonstrable experience of working with vulnerable people and families, who present with mental health needs and often risk to self and or others. The role involves team leader responsibilities to support the service manager and line management/clinical supervision of team members including trainee EMHPs.

Main duties of the job

You must have a working knowledge of CAMHS and or adult mental health and have an understanding of assessing mental health needs and levels of risk, including safeguarding and self-harm. You must have a demonstrable range of skills and knowledge base to deliver clinical aspects of the role and be competent to do this work as an autonomous practitioner within professional practice guidelines and a structured supervision framework. Experience of delivering and a qualification CBT IAPT interventions and supervision of low intensity practitioners is desirable.

You will manage your own caseload, providing a range of high quality care appropriate to the child or young person's needs which will include mental state assessment, risk assessment and management, family and social assessment, consultation and therapeutic interventions. You will also be required to complete team leader duties, offer supervision to team members at all levels. Including consultation and training to education colleagues and support to improve the whole setting approach to mental health.

You must be confident and experienced in communication, due to the high level of liaison needed between MTiE and other services and be willing to work flexible hours in accordance with the needs of the young people and education settings.This post is a clinical post and the expectation of time management is that the majority of time will be spent in face to face clinical practice.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & 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 & beyond, 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 Electronic Patient Record system which 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 Green Plan which sets 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. Diversity MattersMFT 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 looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • You must be registered with or eligible for accreditation & registration with a professional body



  • You must have a recognised qualification in: RMN/RSCN/RNMH/Clinical Psychology/Social Work/Occupational Therapy/SALT/CBT PG Diploma


  • PG Qualification in Therapeutic modality
  • Mentorship course ENB998 or equivalent
  • Low intensity/CBT supervision qualification
  • Relevant Post grad/masters



  • Proven extensive experience of working effectively with people with mental health difficulties
  • Extensive experience of assessing and managing risk: including safeguarding
  • Extensive experience of providing evidenced based assessments, formulations and treatment packages to children, young people and families
  • Extensive experience of liaison and working with a range of other relevant agencies
  • Extensive experience of caseload management working within a multi-disciplinary mental health setting
  • Community mental health experience
  • Experience or qualification in CBT or low intensity CBT informed supervision
  • Demonstrable understanding of Clinical Governance


  • 3 years post qualification experience of a specific therapy working in Child/Adult Mental Health

Knowledge, Skills and Ability


  • Up to date knowledge of child mental health and relevant legislation
  • The ability to assess, formulate and manage care appropriately, ensuring discharge is timely
  • The ability to use assessment tools and outcome measures effectively and in collaboration with the child, young person and family
  • Understanding of evidence based practice and the ability to demonstrate how this influences clinical practice
  • Demonstrable extensive therapeutic skills
  • To be able to function as a part of a multi-disciplinary team and to liaise effectively with other agencies i.e., education, GP's, maintaining positive working relationships
  • The ability to work independently and autonomously
  • The ability to reflect on and critically appraise the performance of self and others
  • To have the ability to manage own caseload and act as are co-ordinator
  • The ability to follow policy and make proposals for and be part of local legislation change
  • The ability to maintain clinical records both written and electronic
  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of supervision and team leadership


  • IT competent
  • Knowledge and understanding of the research process

Personal Attributes


  • A commitment to undertake further relevant training and self-directed study
  • Punctual and flexible across hours of work when required



  • Current driving licence and access to a car

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Manchester Thrive in Education

Millenium Powerhouse, 140 Raby Street,


M14 4SL

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