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MHST Senior Practitioner

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to work at the forefront of innovation in Children's and Young Peoples (CYP) Mental Health. We seek confident professionals with significant experience of evidence-based group and individual interventions with children and young people, day to day operational leadership and clinical supervision.

It is essential you hold a relevant clinical qualification and have previous experience of working in a mental health support team at Band 6 level or above or specialist or early help children and young people's mental health team additional post-graduate training in an evidenced based treatment modality such as CBT or DBT or experience of working in an educational setting would be a bonus. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality and responsive clinical interventions, including implementation and review of systems, policies, standards and procedures. You will have experience of working with culturally diverse populations and adapting services to improve access.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide day to day senior operational leadership to support the clinical function of this new wave 11 MHST whilst working alongside the team manager and clinical lead to develop and implement a wide range of interventions and projects with local schools.
  • Lead on and directly provide comprehensive assessment, risk management and evidence-based interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Work with school staff and cultures in developing school environments that are more conducive to supporting sustainably better emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Contribute to the training and development of all staff including trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) within the team, through observations, modelling, co-facilitation, training, and ongoing support.

This is a rewarding role that will provide a talented and ambitious clinician with real scope to develop and influence practice. If you are interested in working with schools and want to help shape new models of evidence-based support for CYP, this job could be for you.

Please click/copy below link to have a look at our candidate pack for further information about working in MHST in Milton Keynes:MK_MHST_Candidate_packs.pdf (

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and we will support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Senior Practitioner will be responsible for the caseload management and supervision of all clinical staff in a Mental Health Support Team and will facilitate wider service transformation within the teams locality in conjunction with other senior MHST staff and school mental health leads. The post holder will ensure the provision of high-quality, short term outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties in and around schools.

The post holder will contribute to the training and development of all staff including trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) within the team, through observations, modelling, co-facilitation, training, and ongoing support and ensure the staff within the team are equipped with the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

Working under the direction of the Team Manager and Team Clinical Lead, the post-holder will also be responsible for liaising directly with schools, developing and co-producing materials for delivery/presentation in schools, and supporting the development and embedment of the MHSTs in schools.

The post-holder will carry a caseload and be actively involved in delivering universal and targeted group and individual interventions in schools. This will be mainly for those children and young people who have more complex or severe needs however can still be best met within the MHST structure.

The role will include helping to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions, projects and system change with the aim of whole school and whole community approach to supporting young peoples mental health.

Person Specification



  • Professional /Therapy Mental Health Qualification at Diploma or Degree level. E.g. mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychology, CBT /DBT/MBT/Family/ Systemic Therapist Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychologist Art, Music or Drama Therapist
  • Post Graduate clinical supervision training/qualification or a willingness to attend identified training


  • Additional relevant clinical post graduate qualification
  • Registered with a recognised professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC, BACAP) or in progress



  • Experience of working with children, young people and parents presenting with a range of mental health difficulties and challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of working closely with education settings
  • Formulation and treatment of children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of using Routine Outcome Measures, including in supervision.
  • Experience of delivering CBT-informed supervision.
  • Experience in managing safeguarding concerns and risk to self/others.



  • Varied clinical approaches. Both group and individual
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological interventions including low -intensity CBT interventions.

Key Skill


  • Ability to develop, manage and lead on outcomes data and data reporting for the service

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust



Standing Way

Milton Keynes


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