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MHST Senior Clinician

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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?

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and experienced mental health professional, with a background working in child and adolescent services to join our established Mental Health Support Team in Ely

The successful candidate will work closely with their Team and Clinical Lead, to ensure that the MHST is a success. They will join a dynamic service in a creative environment where evidence-based interventions, new ideas, ways of working and supporting children and young people are actively encouraged.

This is a unique opportunity to take on managerial and supervisory experience, whilst also engaging in important clinical work and work within schools and colleges.

The post would be ideally suited to a clinician looking to broaden their professional skillset, whilst being part of a new national initiative to increase the numbers of children, young people and their families supported within an early intervention mental health service.

Main duties of the job

To work within this exciting new initiative and within the established Ely Mental Health Support Team (MHST). MHSTs are teams based within schools, ensuring children and young people receive faster access to earlier mental health support.

In this role you will support and provide a high-quality service to students (and their families) experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

This will be done through the supervision and line management of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Senior Wellbeing Practitioners and through direct delivery of evidence-based interventions to support the recovery of young people referred to the service, utilising skills and knowledge of CBT and child and adolescent mental health practice, and knowledge of whole school approaches to mental health.

This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards.

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

To provide assessment of health, development, and biopsychosocial needs in an educational setting, and provide a risk assessment of children and/or adolescents presenting with a wide variety of mild to moderate mental health and social needs.

Work creatively with the Clinical Lead and other members of the team to create training packages for teachers and support and awareness sessions for young people and parents/carers.

Support the team to plan and organise activities, prioritise and assist other members of the team to coordinate the care of the children and/or adolescents in the schools, through regular line management.

Complete psychosocial formulations to inform care planning.

To provide consultation as required to other professionals (such as teachers and family workers) around mental health issues in children and young people in schools.

To provide consultation as required to young people around their mental health difficulties.

To provide consultation as required to parents around the mental health difficulties of their primary school aged children.

To offer interventions such as CBT, solution focussed work, guided self-help and group support to children and young people within an educational setting.

To enhance emotional wellbeing and to promote or build resilience in children and young people through educational workshops, assemblies and PSHE lessons.

To deliver psycho education and support to parents/carers and teachers.

Clinically Supervise other members of the team, including Senior Wellbeing Practitioners and Trainee EMHPs, through the delivery CBT-informed supervision

Line and operationally manage other members of the team to include oversight and governance of their work, addressing employee identified work related issues, and supporting development.

To oversee the formulation of treatment and management plans for schools, parents, children and young people being supported by the EMHPs and the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners, using a range of specialist psychological interventions appropriate to the service in individual and group and group contexts.

To work with the team and stakeholders to determine how delivery of care will need to be altered in the different settings dependent on need (For example, to consider the provision required for special schools).

To produce accurate records, reports and observations as required.

To refer on, or signpost, to appropriate specialist agencies.

To liaise closely with other professionals including colleagues in the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service, GPs, Paediatricians, Specialist CAMHS, school counsellors, Childrens Services, and other voluntary agencies.

To measure outcomes for all interventions.

To contribute to team multi-disciplinary working.

To support the roll out of further MHSTs within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Demonstrate appropriate understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care to children and/or adolescents.

Demonstrate an understanding of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act. The post holder will also have an understanding of the Safeguarding Children and Child Protection procedures.

The post-holder will be required to work with young people whose behaviour is personally challenging and deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.

To present findings and outcomes of the implementation of the MHST and support the in the continual improvement of the team and roll out of subsequent teams.


As the post holder 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 representingCambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS).

Be able to clearly and effectively communicate both clinical and non-clinical information with those receiving care, their families/carers and with other professional colleagues as appropriate.

The post-holder will be able to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills, self-awareness and empathy in all communications.

Develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues within all agencies in order to benefit the child and/or adolescent and the service.

Represent the team at meetings as delegated by the Clinical Lead and contribute effectively to the meeting agenda.

Key communication:

MHST colleagues, including the Clinical Lead, other MHST Senior Clinicians, Senior Wellbeing Practitioners, EMHPs and administrators

School partners, including Head Teachers, Mental Health Champion/Lead, Teachers, SENCOs and Teaching Assistants

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service Clinical Lead and Team Leads, including Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner and Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioners

CAMHS colleagues, including the Service Manager and SPA Clinical Lead

Social Care and Early Help Colleagues

SEND colleagues, including Specialist Teachers and Educational Psychologists

Other Managers and Clinical Staff

Staff during supervision

Budgetary Responsibility

Authorised signatory.

People Management

Line Manage and Clinically Supervise junior members of the team.

Assist the Clinical Lead with recruitment and selection, as required.

To participate in regular managerial and clinical supervision.

To attend and participate in training, supervision and the appraisal process, to ensure professional development and competence.

Ensure that all policies applicable to Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services are implemented as far as it is within their ability, contributing to developing new processes and procedures within the MHSTs.

Maintaining own professional development and requirement to take part in appraisal and KSF process

Ensure management of staff is consistent with Trusts HR Policies to the achievement of equality, equity and optimum performance.

Research & Development Activity

To lead and participate in regular audits, quarterly reporting, and research projects for the improvement of the teams clinical practice.

To collaborate with other team members in the design and implementation of audit and research projects.

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.

Observe and maintain strict confidentiality with regards to any patient/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 Information Governance and Information Security policies.

The post holder must adhere to the Trust risk assessment and risk management processes.

The post holder must adhere to infection control policies and procedures.

It is a condition of your employment that you are currently registered with the relevant 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.

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.

The post holder must participate in clinical and other audits as required


Safeguarding people responsibility

Safeguarding children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect is a collective responsibility.

There is an expectation that all staff develop and maintain their role relevant safeguarding people competencies and comply with local safeguarding partnerships practice. Alongside this employee who are registrants are reminded of their professional duty of care.

Safeguarding means protecting a citizens health, wellbeing and human rights enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It is an integral part of providing high-quality health care.

Those most in need of protection include:

Children and young people

Adults at risk, such as those receiving care in their own home, people with physical, sensory and mental impairments, and those with learning disabilities.

The post holder must at all times carry out their duties with regard to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

To be aware of the responsibilities of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff.

All post holders must adhere to the code of conduct on confidentiality and be aware of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.

This job description is intended only as a guide to the range of duties involved. The post holder will need to be flexible and adaptable in order to respond to other duties that may be required from time to time and the changes and developments within the Trust.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure of Barring Service to be made to check for any previous criminal convictions. Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users in line with its equal opportunities policy and policy statement on the recruitment of ex-offenders.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Qualified Clinical Psychology / Systemic Family Therapist / CBT Therapist / Appropriate UK Registration


  • Mentor or Practice Educatior

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of legislation relating to childrens mental health (MHA, MCA, Safeguarding)
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of MH issues relating to CYP emotional development
  • Communication skills
  • Excellent Report writing skills
  • Ability to formulate and communicate information on risk


  • Knowledge and understanding of CYP-IAPT
  • Understanding of mental health stressors in education settings
  • Knowledge and understanding of Transforming CYP Mental Health Provision Green Paper
  • Advanced IT skills - word, excel, powerpoint



  • Experience working with children and/or adolescents with mild-moderate mental health problems
  • Experience working in an MDT
  • Experience of clinical supervision
  • Experience of working with and managing risk
  • Experience of delivering MH interventions in groups or one to one


  • Experience delivering psycho education workshops to professionals / young people / parents & carers
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