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Senior Therapist

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 plus HCAS per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024
Band 7 - MHST Senior Therapist

In January 2022, Barking and Dagenham achieved a significant milestone by establishing its first two Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) as part of the national MHST rollout during Wave 5/6. We have since received further funding for an additional team Wave 9.

Each team is currently assigned to five schools, making a profound impact on our community. We take immense pride in our multicultural service, where our staff members represent diverse cultures and professional backgrounds. As a service, we foster innovation, motivation, and a deep passion for collaborating with the education sector to support our community through our schools.

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity to support the launch of a new, fourth Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in Barking and Dagenham, scheduled to go live in September 2024. This team will be stationed in schools and colleges across the borough, providing invaluable support to children and young people.

We are currently seeking experienced, motivated, enthusiastic, and flexible individuals who are registered with a professional body to join the cohort of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) for the new team. Your employment will commence in September 2024.

Main duties of the job

As the Senior Therapist, you will lead a team that builds upon the existing support structure in schools, including school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists, and voluntary sector professionals. Together, your team will address mild to moderate mental health issues within the school setting. Additionally, you will provide consultations to assist staff in supporting children and young people with more complex needs, helping them access appropriate support and establishing a link to CAMHS and other relevant services.

If you are ready to take on this fulfilling role, making a lasting impact on the lives of children and young people in Barking and Dagenham, we invite you to apply. Join us in enhancing the mental health support available within our educational community.

About us

Starting with NELFTNELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.Probationary PeriodThis post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).High Cost Area Supplement - LondonThis post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum).Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the post:

In line with the Governments priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new MHSTs are an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early intervention for children and young people, working across both educational settings and healthcare sectors in England.

We have one full-time vacancy for a Band 7 within Barking and Dagenham.

The MHST Senior Clinical Supervisor plays a key role in:
  • Forming strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders
  • Supervising our Band 6 and band 4 Trainee EMHPs
  • Providing consultation to education colleagues and supporting education settings to embed a whole school approach to wellbeing
  • Developing and delivering evidence-based time limited interventions to young people within education settings
  • Developing and delivering training packages to education colleagues
  • Evidencing the outcomes of the MHST service
  • Providing clinical supervision to trainee Education and Mental Health Practitioners.
  • Specific supervisory training (see guidance below) for this role will be provided if successful candidates do not already hold this qualification.
  • Reviewing the teams Data set
  • Planning service delivery

We encourage and welcome people from within our local communities to apply for this position.

Please note: Successful candidates will be expected to travel to University College London part of the University of London in the first year to complete their supervisor training.

Supervisor Training

Please note that you will need to apply to University College London for a place on the CYP IAPT supervisor training in addition to completing the job application.

It is strongly advised to submit an early application to prevent the delay of a decision. Applications take approximately 4-6 weeks to assess. The guidance is attached with the documents.

Supervisors will need to be experienced MH professionals/practitioners as evidenced by normally two or more years working therapeutically, clinically, or consultatively within a CYP Educational or Mental Health Setting, with children and young people with mental health difficulties.

We are looking for a practitioner with experience of working in a setting where children and young people's mental health has been the primary focus. These posts are open to professionals with a variety of relevant backgrounds, but post holders must evidence meeting the essential criteria listed in the person specification within the job description.

In addition to the above clinical knowledge, experience and competencies, supervisors will be expected to have experience of delivering CBT informed practice and supervision. Experience of delivering these interventions at low intensity is desirable.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a postgraduate training (e.g. psychotherapist, systemic therapist, nursing, social work, occupational therapy,) or equivalent substantial CAMHS clinical experience
  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. BACP, BABCP,HCPC, UKPC, NMC)


  • To have completed formal CBT training (e.g. CYP-IAPT)
  • To have completed CYP supervisors training course



  • Experience delivering CBT interventions to CYP and their families
  • Experience of managing risk/ safe guarding in CYP settings


  • Experience of working with schools to support CYP emotional well-being needs
  • Experience of running therapy groups and/or training events
  • Experience of managing/ supervising a team



  • Ability to communicate new ideas and deliver on subsequent plans


  • Ability to train others and be confident in front audiences

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Child And Family Centre

Axe Street


IG11 7LZ

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