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MHST Clinical and Team Lead - Norfolk & Waveney

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We deliver evidence-based intervention for children, young people and their families with mild to moderate mental health problems.

We are looking to recruita new Clinical and Team Lead to support selectedschools in Breckland and across Norfolk.

Are you ready for a new challenge and a real opportunity to make a difference?

Are you interested in working in early intervention services in child and adolescent mental health services? MHST's are based within schools, ensuring children and young people receive faster access to early mental health support.

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join our growing service. The successful candidate will work closely with their Breckland locality team and also support the wider service across Norfolk. They will join a dynamic service in a creative environment where evidence-based interventions, new ideas and ways of working and supporting children and young people are actively encouraged.

We welcome enquiries about this post for more information, so please do get in touch.

Please note: this advert will remain live for 4 weeks enabling the interested candidates maximum opportunity to complete their application, with full consideration to the Job Description and Person Specification.

Main duties of the job

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 and manage 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 be able to Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and have a good understanding of the safeguarding agenda.

The role requires appreciation of the significance of safeguarding and interprets this accurately for all individual children and young people whatever their life circumstances.

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.

As well as being part of our own Norfolk and Waveney Children and Young People's Health Services you will also work with system partners across the localities.

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 Norfolk and Waveney.
  • 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 Norfolk and Waveney.
  • 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
  • Communication
    As the post holder you 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 Norfolk and WaveneysMHSTs.
  • Norfolk HCP Emotional Health and Speech and Language Lead
  • Just One Number Single Point of Clinical Access.
  • Just One Norfolk digital team.
  • Social Care, Prevention and Early Help Colleagues
  • SEND colleagues, including Specialist Teachers and Educational Psychologists
  • Other Managers and Clinical Staf
  • Budgetary Responsibility
    Authorised signatory

    Required to hold and manage a budget .
    People Management
  • To use your extensive line management experience to provide 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 InformationGovernance 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 safeguarding audits as required.
  • Provide patients and their families /carers with information on standards they should expect from the team.
  • Participate in clinical supervision on a regular basis.
  • The post holder is required to participate in relevant emergency preparedness process for their team

  • Person Specification



    • Relevant professional qualification or equivalent e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, accredited CBT Therapist.
    • Appropriate and valid UK professional registration. This could be HCPC or BABCP or other recognised professional body.


    • Leadership training / qualification
    • Supervisor qualification



    • Extensive line management and Leadership experience within children's services, including understanding of clinical governance.
    • Experience working with children and/or adolescents with mild-moderate mental health problems
    • Experience of clinically supervising team members with their own clinical work, delivering evidence-based interventions to children and young people.
    • Undertaking a clinical role at a specialist level including multi-disciplinary working, safeguarding, managing risk, undertaking complex assessments, planning and evaluating care packages, and responsibility for the management of a caseload.
    • Demonstrate experience and/or understanding of the role and purpose of MHST service.


    • Experience of supporting young people in an educational setting
    • Experience of working with schools, promoting a whole school approach to mental health
    • Experience delivering training to other professionals



    • Demonstrate ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people
    • Demonstrates understanding of safeguarding issues

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


    CCS Children & Young People Services.

    Breckland Business Centre, St Withburga Lane,


    NR19 1FD

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