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Band 7 Mental Health Support Team Clinical Lead

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Mental Health in Schools Support Teams (MHST) is an initiative funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. MHST's have been set up to offer cognitive behaviour (CBT) interventions to children, young people and their families with low-moderate mental health difficulties. The interventions are (mostly) delivered in a range of education settings for children aged 5 - 18 years old. Each MHST team covers a school-aged population of 8,000 children.

AWP are working in partnership with Off the Record (OTR) to co-deliver this model in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area with the workforce being employed equally across both organisations. We have eight teams already and are pleased to be in the position to recruit new senior clinical roles. This will broaden our scope to offer some high intensity CBT in our region and provide high quality CYPIAPT supervision of supervision. Part time or flexible working arrangements would be considered. The focus of this full time post is in South Gloucestershire with some possible part time hours available working in central Bristol.

Main duties of the job

This role will have three key functions:
  • You will offer high intensity CBT evidence based interventions to children, young people and their families in their educational setting.
  • You will offer a CYPIAPT model of supervision to High Intensity CBT clinicians
  • You will work within the MHST Leadership Team, working closely with MHST Team Managers, Team Coordinators and Clinical Service Manager to ensure effective service delivery.

  • About us

    We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

    At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    We will be looking for the following experience, skills and qualities:
    • You will have a recognised qualification in High Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and hold a professional registration.
    • You have a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience in delivering high intensity CBT
    • You have previous experience of offering supervision and would be prepared to complete the CYP-IAPT supervision course, if not already done so.
    • You are committed to anti-oppressive practice and working towards addressing health inequalities to improve access to mental health input for young people and families.
    • You will have experience in working with children in Educational settings.
    • You will have experience of offering professional consultations to parents/carers and professionals involved in the life of the child/young person.
    • You will have excellent communication skills and be able to network with other key agencies.
    • You are passionate about participation and including young people and families in all aspects of our design and delivery.

    Person Specification

    Education and Qualification


    • A professional mental health qualification and registration
    • 2 years post qualified CBT experience
    • Supervision Experience


    • A further relevant degree qualification
    • Education qualification
    • Trauma Informed Practice/Training
    • Post Graduate clinical supervision CYP IAPT training/qualification

    Experience and Knowledge


    • Substantial experience of managing an extensive caseload and working with children/young people
    • Minimum of 2 years post qualified experience of delivering CBT
    • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency environment.
    • To have knowledge of the 2014 Children and Families Act
    • To maintain an effective working knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007), the Mental Capacity Act 2005, The Care Act (2014)


    • Providing CYPIAPT Supervision
    • Working within an educational setting supporting mental health provision.
    • Mentoring students in line with professional requirements.
    • Experience delivery training to a diverse audience.

    Skills and Abilities


    • Excellent communication skills including the ability to engage with children/young people of all ages experiencing a wide range of mental health presentations
    • Ability to communicate with a wide range of professionals from various settings.
    • Able to produce well written reports.
    • Able to participate and present information in a group setting
    • Ability to assess and develop plans to manage risk
    • Ability to work flexibly and remotely
    • Able to plan creatively to maximise effectiveness of care plans, including complex multi-agency care plans

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


    Off the Record

    2 Horfield Road


    BS2 8EA

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