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MHST Clinical & Team Lead

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to announce that we are launching two further Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in Peterborough in 2025.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced mental health professional, with a background working in child and adolescent services, to provide clinical oversight and leadership of our two new MHST's in Peterborough

In this role you will implement the provision of a high-quality early intervention service to students (and their families) experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

You will lead the team in delivering evidence-based interventions to support the recovery of young people referred to the service.

You will utilise your skills and knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and child and adolescent mental health practice, and knowledge of Whole School Approaches to mental health, in order to lead the MHST(s).

For further details, please see the attached Job Description.

You are also very welcome to contact Leyla Prince for an informal conversation about the role.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Main duties of the job

To provide, lead, manage and clinically supervise in an exciting new service which we will be delivering across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough The Mental Health Support Teams (MHST). MHST's will be based within schools, ensuring children and young people receive faster access to earlier mental health support.

In this role you will implement the provision of a high-quality Early Intervention service to students (and their families) experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. You will lead the team in delivering evidence-based interventions to support the recovery of young people referred to the service. This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards. You will utilise your skills and knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and child and adolescent mental health practice, and knowledge of Whole School Approaches to mental health, in order to lead the MHST(s).

You will ensure the 'voice of the child/young person' is pivotal in all aspects of clinical practice and development. Co-production will underpin the MHST's.

Although Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the main theoretical model of the MHST's, and you will be expected to support the development of junior team members in their delivery of CBT informed guided self-help, diversity of clinical backgrounds is welcomed and encouraged. The successful post holder will need experience of working within services that have utilised the CBT approach.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for the work of the MHSTs and will support them to deliver their service provision.

Ensure needs-led, evidence-based interventions from the MHSTs and, where relevant, other services, that support local and national priorities, policies, and relevant clinical guidelines.

Manage pathways and referral routes ensuring that the formal route for referring children/young people to Getting Help and Getting More Help is effective communication and information sharing mechanisms are in place, and that working collaboratively with all relevant agencies (health, social care, locality teams, education and voluntary) creates smooth progression for children, young people, and their families/ carers without unnecessary delay.

Ensure accessible management information is regularly used for service improvement and reporting via SystemOne data sets and the EHWS database.

To develop and present reporting of impact, outcomes, and feedback around the service as well as service productivity.

To support with the roll out of further MHSTs within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

To be accountable as the Lead Clinician for the direct delivery of an effective MHST service and ensure this fits with the iThrive model across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Develop an open culture facilitated by research, development and best practice which enables staff to take critical and innovative approaches.

Ensure the service is delivered in accordance with the contract and that all key performance indicators and outcomes are met and are presented and reported within agreed frameworks.

To lead effectively, with enthusiasm and by example, within Trust principles (HEAR) via effective communication, service model and structures facilitating staff, stakeholder, and service user involvement.

To support schools for Postvention work in the event of deaths by suicide. To work in a collaborative way with other agencies to support education staff at this highly difficult time.

Ensure that locality professionals are supported in guiding children, young people, and their parents/carers to the resources available to meet their needs.

Attend CCS NHS Trust performance meetings, where appropriate, to represent the service/clinical speciality.

Responsible for the implementation of the delegated actions from service plans, through effective communication and briefings to staff and other stakeholders.


As the post holder will be working within the community, they will establish and maintain positive relationships with professionals, agencies, charities, and teams who also provide services to children and/or adolescents in the community. These relationships are a key part of the role in which you will be representing CCS NHS Trust.

The post holder will be able to clearly and effectively communicate highly complex or sensitive issues relating to the MHSTs work to a wide range of audiences, such as senior management, service users and their families/carers, schools, and other professionals.

Responsible for the management of complaints within HEAR Trust values.

Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness, and empathy in all communications.

To liaise closely with other professionals including colleagues in the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service, GPs, Paediatricians, Specialist CAMHS, school counsellors, Childrens Services, other voluntary agencies and UEA.

Maintain key communication with:

MHST colleagues within the MHSTs and across the country as the services are developed.

The University of East Anglia (UEA), who are providing the training for the EMHPs, possibly contributing to teaching elements on the newly developed course.

School partners, including Head Teachers, Mental Health Champion/Lead, Teachers, SENCOs and Teaching Assistants.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service Clinical Lead and Team Leads, including Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners and Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners.

CAMHS colleagues, including the Service Manager and SPA Clinical Lead, as well as the new YOUnited collaborative. Social Care and Early Help Colleagues

SEND colleagues, including Specialist Teachers and Educational Psychologists

Other Managers and Clinical Staff

Budgetary Responsibility

Authorised signatory.

Required to hold and manage a budget.

People Management

To have lead responsibility for the effective management of staff (who may be from different clinical backgrounds) within the service, ensuring mechanisms are in place to provide strong and effective clinical and managerial leadership, advice, support, and supervision.

To provide clinical supervision and line management to the senior staff within the team.

Propose and devise clinical policies, pathways and reports for the service that embed best clinical practice, working closely with stakeholders.

The post holder will provide for development of staff, agree the annual service plan and set service objectives. They will ensure appraisals and supervisions are in place for the whole team.

Maintaining own professional development and requirement to take part in appraisal and KSF process.

To respond to daily issues faced by the service and ensure these are resolved as swiftly as possible.

Ensure appropriate recording of meetings, supervisions and management actions and maintenance of personnel files.

Research & Development Activity

To lead and participate in regular audits, quarterly reporting, and research projects for the improvement of the teams clinical practice.

To present findings and outcomes of the implementation of the MHST and support the continual improvement of the team and roll out of subsequent teams.

Clinical and Practice Governance

Participate fully in providing quality care in line with local and national guidelines e.g. NICE Guidance & Quality Standards relating to children and/or young people with mental health difficulties and social care difficulties.

Follow emergency/crisis care protocols when required.

Observe and maintain strict confidentiality with regards to any client/family/staff records and information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

Any data that is taken/shared as part of a phone call or transported, faxed or transferred electronically must be undertaken with regard to the Trust Information.

Governance and Information Security policies.

The post holder must lead and adhere to the Trust risk assessment and risk management processes.

The post holder must lead and adhere to infection control policies and procedures.

It is a condition of your employment that you are currently registered with the appropriate professional body and it is your responsibility to maintain your professional registration.

Undertake mandatory training and any other training relevant to the role as required by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

The post holder must participate in clinical and other audits as required.

Provide patients and their families /carers with information on standards they should expect from the team.

Participate in Clinical & Safeguarding supervision on a regular basis.

The post holder is required to participate in relevant emergency preparedness process for their team.


Safeguarding people responsibility

Safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect is a collective responsibility.

There is an expectation that all staff develop and maintain their role relevant safeguarding people competencies and comply with local safeguarding partnerships practice. Alongside this employee who are registrants are reminded of their professional duty of care.

Safeguarding means protecting a citizens health, wellbeing and human rights enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care.

Those most in need of protection include:

Children and young people

Adults at risk, such as those receiving care in their own home, people with physical, sensory and mental impairments, and those with learning disabilities.

The post holder must at all times carry out their duties with regard to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

To be aware of the responsibilities of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, and staff.

All post holders must adhere to the code of conduct on confidentiality and be aware of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.

This job description is intended only as a guide to the range of duties involved. The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable in order to respond to other duties that may be required from time to time and the changes and developments within the Trust.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure of Barring Service to be made to check for any previous criminal convictions. Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff, or users in line with its equal opportunities policy and policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent
  • Appropriate and valid UK professional registration


  • Supervisor qualification
  • Leadership training / qualification



  • Line management and Leadership experience within children's services
  • Undertaking a clinical role at a specialist level


  • Experience of supporting young people in an educational setting

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of mental health issues relating to Children and Young Peoples emotional development
  • Knowledge of legislation related to children and/or adolescent's mental health and social care


  • Good knowledge of different outcome measures used in CYP settings
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Green Paper Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


Phorpres Close

Cygnet Park, Hampton



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