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MHST Senior Clinician/ Supervisor

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 a year incl 5% fringe HCAS
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The role

We invite you to consider being involved in this exciting opportunity to be a part of delivering the governments vision and commitment of having integrated mental health teams in schools as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Building on existing 'whole school approaches' to mental health and wellbeing, Surrey is developing new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) to work with selected primary and secondary schools to increase access to mental health interventions and provide early intervention in relation to Emotional Wellbeing and Mental health for children and young people up to the age of 18. Each MHST is co-produced and designed by the schools/YP they support and thus truly meet the needs of CYP where they are in a way which works for them. This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a new approach to meeting children and young people's mental health needs as early as possible in an evidenced based way utilising both targeted and holistic/systemic approaches.

Main duties of the job

We currently have a number of vacancies which we are recruiting to, both within new and existing teams, and so would welcome applicants who would be interested in working within the following geographical areas: Reigate and Bandstead , Surrey Heath, Aldershot, Elmbridge Woking Waverley and those who have a special interest in working within our Special Schools Team.

We currently have a total of 7 WTE Band 7 roles in total and would welcome applicants who wish to work full or part time.

Please note: As these are school based roles, candidates will be required to frequently travel within their geographical area to various sites. Additionally, although these are school based roles, we offer support all year round and therefore this is not a term-time only contract.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Our MHSTs support children and young people with emerging or mild-moderate mental health difficulties and Getting Help within the Thrive Framework by delivering targeted evidence-based interventions in schools. The MHSTs also work together with their schools to co-produce and deliver whole school approach work and offer ongoing professional consultation and advice to School Professionals, being the link between the school and wider EWB and MH services within Surrey.

Each MHST is co-located in a carefully selected group of schools within their Borough of Surrey, with services delivered across a cluster of schools for each area. In other words, we will have MHSTs working within each of the 11 Boroughs of Surrey - Epsom, Spelthorne, Reigate and Banstead, Elmbridge, Surrey Heath, Woking, Runnymede, Guildford, Waverley, Tandridge and Mole Valley.

We have established teams in 9 of these 11 boroughs with 2 new teams to start in September in Tandridge and Mole Valley as well as an additional 2 Specialist teams who will work Surrey Wide (Likely based in Leatherhead but practitioner base negotiable).

Please check the job description & person specification document for more information on the requirements for this job.

About you

This exciting opportunity means we are looking to recruit Senior Early Intervention Clinicians to join our MHSTs in Surrey. As a senior clinician you will be responsible for management and supervision of the Educational Mental Health Practitioners (Band 4/5) providing consultation, advice, and training to other professionals as well as delivering interventions directly to CYP and their families. The clinician will be a professional who has experience providing supervision or support to more junior staff and experience working at a Senior clinical level.

We are looking to build a multi-disciplinary MHST team whose strength will come from the variety of skills and experience brought by each team member. As such we would welcome applications from candidates with a range of experience and from a range of professional backgrounds including but not exclusively, CBT Therapy, Social Work, Psychology, Occupational Therapists, Child Psychotherapy and Mental Health Nurses.

We are looking for measured, inspiring, motivated, dynamic, experienced, forward thinking clinicians who are flexible and able to work effectively with partners in education, multi-agency partners, children, young people and their families.

Person Specification



  • Professional degree qualification relevant to the specialist field
  • Post graduate qualification in specialist training
  • Membership/registration of relevant professional body


  • Relevant post-qualification training
  • Supervision qualification
  • EMHP/CWP Supervision Qualification
  • CBT qualification



  • 2 or more years' experience working therapeutically, clinically, or consultatively within a CYP Educational or Mental Health Setting, with children and young people with mental health difficulties and their families
  • Experience of multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of monitoring performance and outcomes


  • Experience of delivering CBT informed practice
  • Experience of delivering mental health interventions in education settings
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience in a CYP mental health setting post-qualification
  • Experience in one, or both, of these areas: 1. low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions 2. whole school approaches to mental health in education settings

Skills and knowledge


  • Knowledge of CYP IAPT & the benefits of low intensity work
  • Knowledge of CYP IAPT outcome measures
  • Demonstrable knowledge of relevant safeguarding and mental health legislation
  • Ability to motivate, guide and support staff to develop
  • Ability to provide culturally sensitive support and supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to teach, train and provide clear consultation
  • Ability to improve services to increase efficiency and enhance patient experience
  • Ability to write concise and informative reports and letters
  • Ability to use and interpret outcome measures to monitor intervention effectiveness. Competent ICT skills to collect and interpret data, for reports, presentations, and service performance
  • Able to Engage in online meetings
  • Ability to keep accurate and high quality records


  • Familiarity with electronic patient management systems such as IAPTus, RIO, SystmOne etc
  • Awareness of relevant initiatives and frameworks, including MHSTs, Thrive and CYP IAPT.
  • Awareness of relevant data monitoring requirements
  • Experience of assessing/working with complex case
  • Experience of developing clinical policies/procedures

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


SABP Head Office

18 Mole Business Park


KT22 7ET

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