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Post Graduate Course for a SMHP specialising in LD/ASC

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
St helens
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
St Helens CYPMHS have afantastic opportunity for 1 WTE B6 MHP. The successful applicant will part of an initiative for developmental posts in CYP Mental Health and will be recruited to train in a Post Graduate Therapy within the Children and Young People' Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) . Applicants must be core and registered with a regulatory body e.g NMC. The training programme on offer is:

Post Graduate Certificate in spealist clinical practice- LD and Autism

The successful applicant will work within CYPMH as part of a multi-disciplinary team delivering, under supervision, high-quality, outcome informed, focused and evidence-based interventions for CYP in accordance with the competency framework for their therapeutic modality.

Applicants need to be able to start the Post Graduate training programme taught academic dates in January 2025 and commit to attendance at all university based taught and self-study days required by Manchester University. You will work in the service for the remaining days of the week using your newly developed skills to ensure you gain the necessary clinical practice hours to fulfil the academic programme. This is 200 hours of modality and case specific practice for the full time courses.

Interested candidates are encouraged to review course information on the national website:

Learning Disability & Autism Pathway (CYP IAPT) Postgraduate Certificate | Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT (

Main duties of the job

Those successful applicants appointed at Band 6 will on successful completion of the programme, return to the service where you will have as part your job plan opportunity to deliver interventions aligned to your therapeutic modality training alongside generic CAMHS work for a minimum of 1 year. This will be supported by a skills and competency framework for Band 6, you will also be required to be registered with a professional body or have undertaken the accreditation process and maintain this with the relevant body for your therapeutic modality.

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals with a passion for working with children who will want to develop their skills and knowledge as part of future career progression and personal development.

We strive to provide excellent quality evidence based mental health care and are therefore committed to on-going quality and service improvements. We are committed to the meaningful participation of children, young people and their families in the design and development of our services. The training posts will be based in the St HelensCYP Teams. This will enable the successful applicants to work with children in a variety of community settings with support from their colleagues to identify young people with the level of needs suited to the requirements of the academic programme.

About us

The post holder will be expected to provide interventions to children and young people and their families/carers referred into the service.

As the post is identified within the CYPMH strategy, it is expected the role will continue to develop in line with national and local initiatives. The post holder will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users' and their carers.

The post holder will embrace the core values of the organisation and adopt the principles of Recovery and THRIVE. These principles will recognise the need to:

Promote safe practices

Value the aims of service users

Work in partnership and offer meaningful choice

Be optimistic about the possibilities of meaningful change

Value social inclusion

Job description

Job responsibilities


To hold a caseload of assessments, treatment upon a conceptual framework and employing research based evidence.

To provide direct therapeutic interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children, young people and families referred into the service.

Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework

To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of children and young people and families from a wide range of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds.

To participate directly in the teams duty rotas in line with the grading of the post.

To exercise responsibility within supervisory, managerial and accountability structures, for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients

To produce a clinical formulation and intervention plan founded on evidence based practice in cooperation with the child young person and carers

To hold responsibility for standards of clinical practice within area of work.

To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their families. To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities so as to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.

Undertake risk management for all children including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.

Identify and respond appropriately to child protection issues, as described with the guidelines of Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and the Trust safeguarding policies

Maintain clear and comprehensive electronic clinical records, to ensure information is accurate and complies with Data Protection Act and professional body and Trust standards.

To engage with using routine outcome measures as clinically appropriate including their use in clinical practice and inputting data into clinical records.

To work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and contribute to the trusts service user participation agenda.

Person Specification



  • Core professional qualification in: Registered nursing, Social work, Occupational therapy
  • Up to date Professional Registration (to be maintained)

Knowledge/ Experience


  • Experience of mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families.
  • Skilled in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, clinical sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups including adegree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experienced in and the ability to undertake case management.
  • Knowledge and skills in a range of approaches within the field as required to meet the needs of different patients and settings.
  • Level of knowledge of the mental health needs of children and adolescents. Have experience in providing risk assessments
  • Must demonstrate ability to be self-reflective and to organise own supervision appropriately.
  • Ability to work within a culturally diversive community in a wide variety of contexts including highly specialist skills for working in settings outside the clinic.
  • Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment, both as a care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in order to convey clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages and to a wide range of lay and professional persons, within and outside of the NHS.
  • Demonstrate the ability to co-ordinate care plan / risk management plan Knowledge of legislation and strategic frameworks and their implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the full range of client groups.



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Ability to convey and to model an understanding of the ethical guidelines in all areas of professional conduct.
  • Physical stamina to support clinical caseload.
  • A commitment to the continuous improvement of services using feedback from individual clients, families, user surveys and clinical research.
  • Emotional stamina, and resilience to respond constructively in stressful situations
  • Ability to use clinical and case management supervision positively and effectively
  • Ability to organise and co-ordinate areas of work.

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Birch Unit, Peasley Cross

Marshalls Cross Road

St helens


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