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Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Step2 is an Early Intervention Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service which is working towards improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Hertfordshire. The service works with children aged 0 - 19.

The post will provide highly skilled Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) support to the Universal Children's Workforce to increase their capacity to identify and manage children's mental health needs, through liaison and joint working between services.

The post holder will carry out skilled mental health triage and assessments and offer brief intervention therapy to children and families where a more targeted response is required. The post holder will provide consultation to team members and external professional and non-professional groups to address the mental health needs of children and young people.

Main duties of the job

  • Deliver a quality service in line with the organisation's objectives and performance indicators.
  • Carry out specialised triage, clinical assessments and formulation, and brief interventions.
  • Work in partnership with and provide consultation to other professionals.
  • Provide mentoring, case support and clinical supervision. Develop and present information about mental health support for children and young people within and outside of the service.
  • To facilitate appropriate access to Specialist CAMHS and other relevant provision according to level and nature of need.
  • Contribute to the promotion and participation in integrated practice and multi agency support team models.
  • Responsible for the safe provision, use, maintenance and storage of equipment and materials for self and others.
  • Maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and exercise professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice.
  • Plan and deliver treatment interventions in line with Best Practice and local and National Guidelines.
  • Promoting and embedding Children's IAPT values within the service and wider workforce.

Please read the attached full job description and person specification document before applying for this post.

About us

We offer our staff a number of great benefits, wellbeing initiatives and lifestyle savings which can be easily accessed via our benefits and wellbeing portal.

For more detail, please read our 'HCT Benefits' document which is attached to our vacancy adverts.

The Trust is committed to gold standard recruitment. In support of this, please read our 'Supplementary Information' document which is attached to our vacancy adverts.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the UK

Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Please read the attached full job description and person specification document before applying for this post.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Qualification relevant to child mental health at postgraduate level or accredited as a mental health practitioner. Training in a specific mental health intervention such as CBT, attachment focused, systemic psychotherapy or creative therapy.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Supervision/mentoring qualification
  • Children and Young People's IAPT therapist training
  • Evidence of experience working with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)



  • Knowledge of legislation and policy and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of the different presentations of neurodiversity.


  • Knowledge and experience of supporting children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families



  • Significant post qualification experience of working with young people and families in a brief intervention model, whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Experience of working with children and families in the community
  • Experience of professional consultation and multi-disciplinary working.


  • Experience of mentoring and clinical supervision of others
  • Experience of developing and evaluating new interventions including groups
  • Experience of assessing and intervening with a pre-school client group and offering attachment-focused interventions
  • Experience of working with young people who have neurodevelopmental difficulties.

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to develop a trusting therapeutic relationship and experience in working with children and young people with complex needs, safeguarding and contextual difficulties. Ability to work with people whose behaviour is personally challenging and with support, deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to manage conflict and challenging situations in a professional manner.
  • The ability to work and co-operate actively as a member of a team and with the wider professional network including other agencies.
  • Ability to present on mental health to professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to use and learn from clinical feedback tools
  • The ability to facilitate the work of others, and through example to promote the highest standards of good practice
  • Ability to consult with professionals and utilise their feedback as appropriate. This includes the use of clinical supervision and promoting mutual support in a team context.
  • Proficient IT skills and the ability to learn the electronic patient record system.
  • Ability to follow and apply service processes and procedures. Ability to be flexible and respond to rapid changes.
  • Ability to work in isolation and manage own caseload timely and efficiently as well as maintaining intense concentration on a frequent basis.
  • Understands the impact on equality, diversity and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others
  • Ability to use effective time management and organisational management skills
  • Willingness to uphold the Trust's values
  • Eligible to live and work in the UK
  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Starfish House

3 North Road



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