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MHST Clinical Lead

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting clinical leadership role, working at the forefront of Children's and Young Peoples Mental Health, making a difference to young lives with further development in Mental Health Support Teams in Milton Keynes. You will play an integral part in a forward-thinking service delivering interventions into schools.

You will be responsible forsupporting the teams to clinically advance and for delivery of evidence-based interventions through direct care, supervision and training and education with practitioners in the team and for supporting schools to develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing using a range of different evidence-based and theoretical approaches. You will providetraining and consultation to staff and schools and other agencies about mental health in children and young people and support schools in identifying specific areas of need.

Experience of the delivery of CBT on an individual and group basis, to children and young people and their families to manage anxiety, low mood and understand behaviour is essential. Experience delivering supervision using a CBT framework is required, and conducting clinical audits and evaluating research data to inform the delivery and development of clinical services is highly desirable.

Applicants must be a qualified and registered Professional with extensive post graduate experience of working with Children and Young People in Mental Health Services in the provision of individual and group treatments.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the team manager to support the development and delivery of the MHSTs in Milton Keynes and will be responsible for supporting staff to engage schools and foster a whole-school approach to the clinical delivery of mental health. They will be responsible for providing clinical supervision to MHST senior practitioners, for caseload and treatment pathway management and for monitoring and ensuring clinical supervision for all staff in the teams is in line with local and national protocols.

The post holder will foster the integration of educational and clinical principles to support children and young people with mental health concerns and to promote emotional wellbeing in educational settings.

The post holder will use Routine Outcome Measures to inform clinical formulation, guide treatment delivery and monitor the effectiveness of interventions. They will be experience at gathering and analysing data to inform service development and clinical provision, with the ability to present and disseminate this information to the wider team and other stakeholders. They will have an active interest in evidence-based practice and national research in this area to inform the local development and delivery of MHSTs.

With the team manager who will co-ordinate the approach to Quality and Clinical Governance and assurance frameworks to maintain and monitor high standards of care, ensuring services meet quality and performance standards.

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. We are always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and we will support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To oversee the formulation, treatment and care plans for parents, children and young people being supported by the senior team members - using a range of specialist psychological interventions appropriate to the service individual and group.
  • To work in partnership with schools, to support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
  • To support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about the intervention.
  • To provide close case management and supervision, escalating referrals where the level of need is beyond the scope of the service and safeguarding concerns.
  • To monitor, track progress against and achieve access and clinical performance targets for MHST service delivery, ensuring that KPIs are met and develop plans to address gaps
  • To support senior staff in the co-delivery of training sessions. This will include attendance at practice skills sessions, involvement in formative feedback sessions with teaching staff, and co-production of elements of the curriculum
  • To write and communicate detailed reports in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of children and young people.
  • To help manage the day-to-day running of the team at an operational level where necessary and as delegated by the team manager

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Educated to degree/ diploma level with a relevant mental health professional/therapist qualification
  • Clinical post graduate qualification in CBT, DBT, MBT, MSc Family Therapy or other evidenced based treatment modality
  • Registered with a recognised professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC, BACAP)


  • Post Graduate clinical supervision training/qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological interventions including low -intensity CBT interventions.
  • Extensive post qualification experience with children, young people and families in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of delivering CBT - informed supervision. supervising CYPMHS clinicians and trainees
  • Experience of working with evidence-based approaches to low mood, anxiety and behaviour problems. Both on an individual and group basis
  • Experience of using and reporting on Routine Outcome Measures, including in supervision.
  • Ability to develop, manage and lead on clinical outcomes data and data reporting for the service
  • Experience in managing safeguarding concerns and risk to self/others.

Key Skills


  • Able to hold professionals and peers clinically to account.
  • High level skills in working with professional networks and the ability to advocate for and advance the mental health needs of parents and their children
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations with clients and /or professionals



  • Able to travel for the purposes of work

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


CNWL Milton Keynes Headquarters

Standing Way, Eaglestone

Milton Keynes


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