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MHST Mental Health Practitioner

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner

We are an expanding service and already have established MHST teams.

We are looking for Mental Health Practitioners. We would expect previous, significant experience at Band 5 or equivalent experience working within emotional/mental health and experience of working with children and young people and their families or relevant transferable skills.

Do you have a passion for Early Intervention?

Are you interested in working with children and young people at an early intervention stage to support their emotional/mental health and wellbeing?

Do you enjoy working within a team, sharing your knowledge of how to support children and young people with colleagues inside and outside of the NHS? Are you keen to develop your clinical skills and offer evidence-based interventions? Are you able to support and supervise junior colleagues? We have more senior roles within MHST, therefore can offer career progression too.

If the answer is yes,we welcome your application.

We work Monday-Friday 9-5, with occasional need to work earlier or later to accommodate assemblies and evening events within schools.

Valid UK driving license and car available to use essential.

Main duties of the job

This role is to work as a senior member in an exciting service which has established teams and is expanding across Northamptonshire the Mental Health Support Team (MHST). MHST's are working within schools, ensuring children and young people receive faster access to earlier mental health support. You will be one of the senior clinical members of the team adding to the number of teams in a growing early intervention mental health service. You will be expected to hold a clinical caseload, offer supervision to junior staff, be involved with the Whole School Approach and when necessary and appropriate deputise for the Band 7 Clinical Lead within your team.

In this role you will support and provide a high-quality service to children and young people (and their families) experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. This will be done through the supervision of junior staff, providing consultations within schools and through direct delivery of evidence-based interventions to support the recovery of children and young people referred to the service. This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards.

There may be an opportunity to access the Low Intensity Supervisors Training Course (LIST) at Northampton University.

About us

As a health and wellbeing organisation here at team NHFT we are dedicated to continually innovate and strive to make a difference to our community and those working for our Trust, we aim to serve the people of Northamptonshire and surrounding areas with safe, quality care. We deliver this from an understanding of our local healthcare needs, economy and the changing demands of our community.

Our core strategy is to be an employer of choice, a great place to work and be known for a diverse and inclusive culture whose staff feel valued. We provide a range of NHS services including physical, mental health and specialty services provided in hospital settings and out in the community within schools, GP clinics and patients own homes.

Here at NHFT we pride ourselves on our 54321 roadmap, pictured here which encompasses our PRIDE values, leadership behaviours, teams, enablers and our mission all of which are driven by our vision of 'being a leading provider of outstanding, compassionate care'. We are extremely proud to say this has also been recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and our CQC rating of Outstanding for team NHFT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the About You Section of the document.

Person Specification

qualifications and training


  • Core professional qualification relevant to mental health and children and young people e.g. nursing with specialism in mental health or learning disability nursing, children's nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work. Substantial experience post qualification. Or trained in a relevant area i.e. qualified CWP or EMHP with minimum 2 years post qualified experience.
  • significant CAMHS/MHST/Mental Health setting experience
  • Valid UK driving license and available car to use


  • Qualification/experience in leadership and management or equivalent in health and social care management
  • Therapeutic qualification
  • Mentorship qualification

Knowledge and experience


  • oEvidence of continued professional development
  • oProviding supervision experience or transferable skills
  • oSubstantial experience as a band 5 clinician or equivalent
  • oExperience of collaborative and multi-disciplinary working
  • oExperience of effective engagement with families and carers
  • oExperience of managerial and clinical leadership/transferable skills
  • oExperience of managing safeguarding presentations in children and young people
  • oExperience in assessing and managing risk


  • oQualification/experience in leadership and management or equivalent in health and social care management
  • oExperience of supervising Mental Health Approaches in education settings
  • oExperience of providing mentorship.
  • oExperience of working in a community and/or educational environment
  • oExperience of Whole School Approach
  • oCognitive Behavioural Therapy clinical interventions/ approaches experience

skills and abilities


  • oThe ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, information to children/young people and their families, carers and other professionals both within and outside the NHS.
  • oKnowledge and skills in the use of IT, Word/Excel/Outlook.
  • oAbility to work in partnership across agencies and services.
  • oAbility to prioritise workload and make autonomous decisions, excellent clinical decision making
  • oAbility to support and supervise staff
  • oSubstantial experience of working in a clinical setting.
  • oSound knowledge of National Legislation and drivers and other legislation related to the care of children and young people with emotional and mental health concerns
  • oHas received training (either formal of through experience) to carry out both operational and clinical risk assessments within scope of practice.


  • oSound knowledge of National Legislation and local policies and initiaves and drivers and other legislation related to the care of children and young people educational provision and mental health
  • oKnowledge of NICE, CQC standards and regulations
  • oAbility to use SystmOne
  • Ability to undertake auditing/data collection
  • Sound knowledge of ROMs and their application

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


different sites, to be discussed with successful candidates

Newland House, Campbell Square



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