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MHST Mental Health Practitioner/Supervisor

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Milton Keynes Mental Health Support Teams are looking for four qualified registered Mental Health Practitioners to join two new Wave 11 Teams.

Applicants must be a qualified Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) or a Children and Young People Wellbeing Practitioner (CYP WP) or qualified and registered Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker with previous consolidated post graduate experience of working with young people with emotional and mental health issues with experience of delivering evidenced-based CBT interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues to CYP both individually and in groups.

We seek to appoint enthusiastic and dynamic individuals who are passionate about improving health outcomes for children and young people.

MK MHST works with Young people with mild to moderate mental health presentations attending school.

The purpose of the team is to
  • Provide evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues.
  • Support the senior mental health lead in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school or college approach.
  • Give timely advice to school and college staff, and liaising with external specialist services, to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.

Interviews will be held on 26th and 27th June 2024 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. A representative from the University of Reading will be on the interview panel.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of a new Mental Health Support Team (MHST) created to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people and to play a key part in a team of people delivering low intensity interventions into schools and other settings in MK. You will work alongside EMHPs and CYPWPs, Mental Health Practitioners and a Senior Practitioner.

You will undertake assessments of children and young people and deliver evidence based low intensity group and individual interventions to children and young people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression and/or behavioural difficulties and their families and carers. You are expected to work in schools closely with school staff to support CYP, their families and staff to foster a whole school approach to mental well-being.

This role requires flexibility and adaptability and above all, a passion for working with children and young people with mental health difficulties within an educational context.

Applicants who have not yet completed the PG Certificate in Supervision for Children and Young People's Services (CBT/PT/EMHP/CWP/CYPWP) or equivalent, will be required to meet the university entry requirements for and successfully undertake the training at the University of Reading from March 2025. Other service specific training in range of evidence based therapeutic modalities is also available.

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.

We are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and we will support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Click or copy below link for further candidate information about working in MK and MHST: MK_MHST_Candidate_packs.pdf (

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Mental Health Practitioner will be responsible for delivering interventions within Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in schools and colleges, whilst receiving clinical supervision and be expected to work in schools closely with school staff to support CYP, their families and staff to foster a whole school approach to mental well-being.

For further information about this job please see attached job description

Person Specification



  • oRelevant professional qualification in either: oDegree level Mental Health Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or equivalent substantial or HEE Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practice or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing Practice for children and young people
  • oAdditional qualifications or training in child and adolescent mental health gained through accredited courses workshops, study and in-house training programmes. CBT training (e.g. CYP-IAPT)
  • oRegistered with a relevant professional body eg BPS or BABCP



  • oConsolidated post graduate experience working in child and adolescent mental health.
  • oExperience of delivering evidenced-based CBT interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety, low mood and behavioural problems to CYP both individually and in groups
  • oExperience either working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team or multi-agency working.
  • oKnowledge of risk management and ability to monitor and assess risk and act accordingly to ensure safety



  • oGood communication, assessment, planning and recording skills.



  • oAble to travel to meet the requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust



Standing Way

Milton Keynes


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