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Senior Practitioner - Mental Health Support Teams in Schools

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an EMHP, CWP or registered professional? Are you passionate about empowering children & young people? Due to expansion an exciting opportunity has arisen within the Herefordshire Wellbeing & Emotional Support Team (WEST) for a Senior Practitioner

Working across primary & secondary schools you will be instrumental in increasing access to mental health support for children & young people. We offer evidence-based interventions low intensity orientated for CYP. Core to this role is the clinical supervision provided to our work force. Successful candidates will undertake the EMHP supervisory course at a nominated university (usually remote at Exeter or Northampton) start date TBC

We are a supportive team & you will be given a full induction with shadowing, alongside development & training opportunities making the work place a great place to be. Working hours Mon - Fri 9 5. Other benefits include relocation package, Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme, travel expenses (car driver essential)

Main duties of the job


Contemporaneous clinical record keeping.


Clinical supervision (case management) for band 4/5.

Design & deliver clinical skills sessions increasing the knowledge base of band 4 & 5 staff.

Under the direction of the Operational & Clinical Lead be accountable and responsible manage a defined caseload of patients

Participate in MDT working & Service Development

Individual assessment, risk assessment & care plan

CBT low intensity format also delivering, consultation, whole school approach, group work for pupils & parents.

Deliver consultation advice to education partners including signposting and referral to other services

Advocate for CYP in a variety of forums.

Audit related to service improvement.

Promote knowledge of mental health & the prevention of mental ill health with children and members of the general public, both formally and informally.

Foster close working relationships

Actively participate in regular clinical & safeguarding supervision sessions.

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer

27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service

Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours

Flexible and agile working opportunities

Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support

Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)

Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes

Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Act as a role model to colleagues, always seeking to maintain the highest standards.

Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.

Work in partnership with Educational Settings & Partners to improve the outcomes for CYP 5-18 years of age.

Be a member of the Multi-disciplinary Team & will carry continuing responsibility for the assessment, treatment & management of a defined caseload.

Use their initiative & take responsibility for themselves & the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.

Provide a high quality, community (school) based service to the children & families within a MDT working within the Wellbeing and Emotional Support Teams. This is a developing service and there maybe opportunities to work in different teams as the service transforms.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse/Occupational Therapist/Social Worker or Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner or Education Mental Health Practitioner qualification with 2 years post qualification experience
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer


  • Specific qualification in a relevant therapeutic speciality e.g. counselling, Family Therapy, CBT, substance misuse



  • Working knowledge of health services
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues in CAMH Services
  • Experience in the delivery of evidence-based and CBT interventions for children and adolescents.
  • Good knowledge of recognised disorders and illnesses in the field of mental health


  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Experience of delivering training and developing others
  • Experience of Providing mentorship
  • Experience of leadership or line management responsibilities
  • Experience of working in an educational environment

Additional Criteria


  • Awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • Able to travel to meet the commitments of the post



  • Extensive post registration experience in mental health care including mental health assessment and risk assessment
  • Use of therapeutic interventions within mental health settings i.e. 1:1, counselling, family therapy and group work


  • Working with children and young people
  • Supervising less experienced members of staff

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Basic IT competency
  • Able to drive with a full driving licence and have access to vehicle to meet the travel requirements

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Benet Building

Ruckhall Lane



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