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Mental Health Practitioner

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Every day our team gets the chance to make a real difference to the lives of local children, young people and their families through this unique Early Help Mental Health project in Birmingham schools. Our service prides itself in its innovative approach where we build lasting relationships with a group of schools to champion a whole school approach to mental health, as well as tailored 1 to 1 and group interventions. Have you got the relevant experience and do you share our passion for early help and prevention? Then please read on!

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an expanding and innovative national service. We are looking for someone to join our dynamic team as a Mental Health Practitioner within our Mental Health Support Team (MHST) covering schools in Birmingham. This is an exciting opportunity to support the MHST to deliver evidence-based mental health interventions for children and young people in schools and help develop their whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

The post would suit Educational Mental Health Practitioners, Mental health Nurses, Therapists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists or those with experience in children and young people's mental health that are registered with a professional body.

A driving license and access to a car for work purposes on a daily basis is also an essential requirement of this post.

Please use the Supporting Information to evidence the essential and desirable criteria.

Main duties of the job

Principal duties for this post include:

Acting as a communication link between Education, Children's Social Care, providers and Forward Thinking Birmingham. Providing liaison and consultation to a range of providers, mainly education, and assisting professionals to triage & assess appropriate packages of care to meet the mental health needs of children, young people and their families.

Supporting and strengthening Forward Thinking Birmingham provision in relation to early identification and intervention for children and young people with mental health & family support needs.

Contributing to the development and implementation of Birmingham Children's Partnership locality plans and initiatives particularly those focused on early intervention and prevention within a range of settings.

Improving appropriate access to Early Help in Forward Thinking Birmingham through provision of assessment and treatment in locality hubs and places of education

Contributing to the identification of training needs of staff / workers within education settings.

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families. Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas.

Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care.

Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification

Essential and desirable


  • Registered Nurse (RSCN, RMN, RNLD), Therapist or Occupational Therapist (must be accredited e.g. HCPC), registered social worker
  • Experience of assessing the mental health needs of children/young people in a community or inpatient setting
  • Good communication skills in range of contexts
  • Understanding of normal stages of child development
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding procedures and understanding of Right Time Right Service Framework
  • Knowledge and skills of assessing child, young people/adults mental health needs.
  • Experience of report writing and communicating with other professionals
  • Willingness to participate in further training
  • Knowledge of Child Protection and Adult Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and key policy documents in the field of child mental health.
  • Good skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work within teams.
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Self-motivating and able to work on own initiative.
  • Reliable and organised
  • Ability to work with others
  • Ability to communicate well and to form positive working relationships with professionals at all levels
  • Full driving license
  • Access to a vehicle on a daily basis


  • Experience within community mental health
  • Experience within education/social care
  • Direct experience working with children and parents or carers in a Health, Educational or Social care setting. Relevant experience within a VCS setting would also be considered
  • Working directly with vulnerable children, parents and carers and a wide range of professionals
  • Knowledge and skills of completing brief mental health interventions with children and young people.
  • Experience in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Experience in providing Training to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of the roles of the various professionals within statutory organisations
  • Experience of working with children and families from BAME communities.
  • Experience of working within complex organisations / systems
  • Knowledge of needs or mental health issues of the diverse populations within Birmingham
  • Ability to participate in Research and Development.
  • Excellent formulation skills
  • Contribution to the auditing and improvement cycles of a service
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Experience in providing Training to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Knowledge of the roles of the various professionals within statutory organisations
  • Experience in developing therapeutic resources

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Printing House Street

1 Printing House street


B4 6DF

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