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Operational Lead - Sandy and Biggleswade MHST

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Operational Lead - Sandy and Biggleswade MHST Clinical (or Family of) Psychology, Systemic Family Psychotherapy, Child Psychotherapy, Community Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Art Psychotherapist or other core CAMHS profession registered with a governing body.

Bedfordshire CAMHS are excited to be recruiting into a Band 8a Clinical Lead post (0.5 WTE) in one of our Mental Health Support Teams (MHST). The MHSTs 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 in response to the government's Green Paper for Young People's Mental Health. Bedfordshire & Luton have been successful in having several MHST sites benefiting from significant investment in this area. This post is an opportunity to work with school staff and school cultures in developing school environments that are more conducive to supporting sustainably better emotional health and wellbeing. The main day to day focus of the role will be the clinical operational management of the MHST, whilst working alongside the Operational lead to develop and implement a wide range of interventions and projects within local schools and provisions

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a confident CAMHS professional with a demonstrable track record of providing good quality evidence-based interventions, experienced in offering clinical supervision and improving service quality with a strong interest in service development. You will be either a Nurse, Social worker, Art Psychotherapist, Psychotherapist or Psychologist with the requisite professional registration.

The community served is multi-ethnic and culturally diverse and we welcome applicants who are skilled at working with the richness and complexity of this multicultural context. You will also provide triage, mental health assessments, effective brief therapeutic support, group work and workshops to prevent moderate to severe mental health problems developing, using the Thrive model. You will be required to be flexible, and be able to travel across Bedfordshire.

The post is embedded in the community, and you will have an attached base in Bedfordshire CAMHS, and be an integrated part of the CAMH Access Services multi-disciplinary services and the wider CAMH Specialist Service. You will need a relevant professional registration, with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. You will need experience in working with children and families, preferably in a primary care setting.

You will need to be able to operate confidently in an environment where IT is the main method of record keeping, communication and program management.

About us

You will be supported by regular, separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and annual performance appraisal. You will also participate in weekly clinical discussions with the team. East London NHS Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing and we are introducing a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this. The team leader is committed to staff development: there are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses and to get involved in quality improvement initiatives, research, and new developments in the service. We also have a strong clinical leadership structure within ELFT with significant number of positions in the trust for clinicians up to band 8D, opening up paths for promotion for ambitious members of staff. The East London NHS Foundation Trust prioritizes staff wellbeing and we have introduced a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be working with schools around the Sandy and Biggleswade area, and at the moment we are working hard to identify a suitable base for the team.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are bi-lingual, and candidates from BME communities, including the South Asian community.

For further information regarding this post, please contact:

Laura Gill, Central Bedfordshire Integrated Schools Lead / Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Lawrence Chung, Countywide Project Lead

Person Specification



  • Qualification in appropriate mental health profession such as Clinical or Family of Psychology, Systemic Family Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, Nursing, Social Work, and registration with relevant UK governing body.


  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
  • Low Intensity CBT supervisor qualification.
  • Specific therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. CBT, DBT, IPT etc.
  • Management or leadership training



  • Previous experience of working in a senior post in CAMHS
  • Previous experience of supervising clinicians and operational leadership functions
  • Previous experience of supervising clinicians and operational leadership functions
  • Experience of working with a wide range of mental health problems commonly seen in CAMHS
  • Experience of care planning
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary way
  • Experience in crisis work


  • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster-Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc.
  • Supervision of clinicians delivering parenting and manualised CBT interventions
  • Supervising Children's Wellbeing Practitioners as part of IAPT programme
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area



  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Evidence of well-developed clinical skills and knowledge in CAMHS
  • Skilled in emergency and crisis assessments
  • Highly specialist clinical skills within in specific therapeutic modalities
  • Able to manage own time and caseload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to lead, support and influence others
  • Able to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • Teaching skills, both in clinical setting and education centres
  • Keyboard/computer skills

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Central bedfordshire CAMHS

67 High St North



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