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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Barking & Dagenham MHST

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum plus HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want to be part of an innovative organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

In line with the government's priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new Mental Health Support Team (MHST) are an exciting and new opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working across schools in Barking and Dagenham.

We are looking for a practitioner with experience of working in a setting where children and young people's mental health has been the primary focus. These posts are open to professionals with a variety of relevant backgrounds, but post holders must evidence meeting the essential criteria listed in the person specification within the job description.

This role would be suitable for a qualified EMHP or CWP with a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience or any other mental health professional who has 2 years' post qualification experience and/or experience in clinical supervision.

MHSTs build on the support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists, and the voluntary sector to treat those with mild to moderate mental health issues in school and will help children and young people with more severe needs to access the right support and provide a link to CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

The responsibilities/expectations of the Senior Mental Health Practitioner are:
  • To effectively manage a caseload of CYP with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
  • Provide caseload management and clinical supervision to Education Mental Health Practitioner's (EMHPs).
  • To undertake further educational development as part of the role.
  • To support in the delivery of evidence-based CBT.
  • Working in partnership with schools/colleges and other educational settings.
  • Provide support and training opportunities to a variety of team members and other professionals/trainees.
  • To support and develop the interventions that can be delivered as part of the MHST within the education setting.
  • Being able to work as part of a team and autonomously.
  • Ensuring appropriate access to MHST support for CYP.
  • Completion of thorough assessments, risk assessments, care planning and reviews.
  • To ensure that there is accurate documentation, and that Routine Outcome Measures are completed.
  • Appropriately raise safeguarding concerns where identified and to support colleagues with this process.

NELFT Barking and Dagenham MHST offers opportunities for growth and progression for individuals with a rich array of experience and transferable skills.

About us

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop-in sessions focusing on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

High-CostArea Supplement

This post also attracts payment for High-Cost Area Supplement of15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata).

Certificates of Sponsorship

Although we are a registered sponsor organisation, we are unable to offer sponsorship for all job roles. Please check your eligibility under the UKVI points based system

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role and working at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. We encourage you to refer closely to this when completing your application.

We welcome your application even if you do not meet all the criteria listed in the person specification. Any development needs to help you succeed in the role, can be discussed at the interview stage.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Use of AI

Applications for this role should be written by the applicant. If artificial intelligence (AI) programmes are used then the application may be rejected due to this document being an important part of the assessment process. This does not prevent applicants seeking appropriate support with applications should they need to for the purposes of any declared disability.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a graduate training (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy) or equivalent substantial CAMHS/EWMHS clinical experience


  • To be eligible for registration as a full member of the appropriate professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC) where appropriate
  • To have completed formal CBT training (e.g. CYP-IAPT)



  • Experience delivering CBT interventions to CYP and their families


  • Experience of working with schools to support CYP emotional well-being needs
  • Experience running therapy groups and/or training events



  • 2 years post qualification experience
  • EMHP/CWP qualification



  • Awareness of MHST remit


  • awareness of trust policy

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Child And Family Health Centre

79 Axe Street


IG11 7LZ

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