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Senior Clinician Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you ready for a new challenge and a real opportunity to make a difference?

Are you interested in working in early intervention services in child and adolescent mental health services?

Opportunities have arisen for senior clinicians to join our expanding Mental Health Support Teams in Cambridgeshire.

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates to join our growing service. The successful candidate will work closely with their Team and Clinical Lead, to ensure that the MHST is a success. They will join a dynamic service in a creative environment where evidence-based interventions, new ideas, ways of working and supporting children and young people are actively encouraged.

The area is divided into patches across Fenland and the successful candidate will discuss patches (of approximately 6 schools) of which they will lead on.

We welcome enquiries about this post for more information, so please do get in touch.

Main duties of the job

In this role you will support and provide a high-quality service to students (and their families) experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. This will be done through the supervision of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Senior Wellbeing Practitioners and through direct delivery of evidence-based interventions to support the recovery of young people referred to the service, utilising skills and knowledge of CBT and child and adolescent mental health practice, and knowledge of whole school approaches to mental health. This work will be in accordance with clinical governance processes and professional standards.

This is a unique opportunity to take on managerial and supervisory experience, whilst also engaging in important clinical work and work within schools and colleges. The post would be ideally suited to a clinician looking to broaden their professional skillset, whilst being part of a new national initiative to increase the numbers of children, young people and their families supported within an early intervention mental health service.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description Job responsibilities

MHSTs provide mental health and emotional wellbeing support to children and young people and their families and carers through schools and colleges. Each MHST supports a cluster of schools and colleges, covering a population of around 8,000 children and young people.

In addition to clinical work (individual, group work and consultations) and whole school approach work with the schools and colleges, the post holder will clinically supervise, and line manage the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners and line manage the four new Trainee EMHPs. The EMHPs will work under the clinical supervision of the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the main theoretical model of the MHSTs, and you will be expected to support the development of junior team members in their delivery of CBT informed guided self-help, however, diversity of clinical backgrounds is welcomed and encouraged. The post holder will be able to employ a variety of clinical approaches when delivering interventions with their own caseload of more complex cases. Clinical work will involve working directly with children and young people and their families (including group work), as well as work with education staff.

Main Duties and Responsibilities include:

To provide assessment of health, development, and biopsychosocial needs in an educational setting, and provide a risk assessment of children and/or adolescents presenting with a wide variety of mild to moderate mental health and social needs.

Work creatively with the Clinical Lead and other members of the team to create training packages for teachers and support and awareness sessions for young people and parents/carers.

Support the team to plan and organise activities, prioritise and assist other members of the team to coordinate the care of the children and/or adolescents in the schools.

Complete psychosocial formulations to inform care planning.

To provide consultation as required to other professionals (such as teachers and family workers) around mental health issues in children and young people in schools.

To provide consultation as required to young people around their mental health difficulties.

To provide consultation as required to parents around the mental health difficulties of their primary school aged children.

To offer interventions such as CBT, solution focussed work, guided self-help and group support to children and young people within an educational setting.

To enhance emotional wellbeing and to promote or build resilience in children and young people through educational workshops, assemblies and PSHE lessons.

To deliver psycho education and support to parents/carers and teachers.

Supervise and manage other members of the team, including Senior Wellbeing Practitioners and Trainee EMHPs, through the delivery CBT-informed supervision

To oversee the formulation of treatment and management plans for schools, parents, children and young people being supported by the EMHPs and the Senior Wellbeing Practitioners, using a range of specialist psychological interventions appropriate to the service in individual and group and group contexts

To work with the team and stakeholders to determine how delivery of care will need to be altered in the different settings dependent on need (For example; to consider the provision required for special schools).

To produce accurate records, reports and observations as required

To refer on, or signpost, to appropriate specialist agencies.

To liaise closely with other professionals including colleagues in the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service, GPs, Paediatricians, Specialist CAMHS, school counsellors, Childrens Services and other voluntary agencies.

To measure outcomes for all interventions.

To contribute to team multi-disciplinary working.

To support the roll out of further MHSTs within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Demonstrate appropriate understanding of the legal and ethical issues in providing mental health care to children and/or adolescents.

Demonstrate an understanding of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act. The post holder will also have an understanding of the Safeguarding Children and Child Protection procedures.

The post-holder will be required to work with young people whose behaviour is personally challenging and deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.

To present findings and outcomes of the implementation of the MHST and support the in the continual improvement of the team, and roll out of subsequent teams.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Qualified Clinical Psychology/Systemic Family Therapist/CBT Therapist/ Appropriate UK Registration
  • Appropriate and Valid UK Professional Registration
  • Clinical Supervision Training
  • CYIAPT Training
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with children and/or adolescents with mild-moderate mental health problems
  • Experience working in an MDT
  • Experience of clinical supervision of team members delivering interventions
  • Experience of working with and managing risk
  • Experience delivering psycho education workshops to professionals/young people/parents&carers
  • Experience working with PBS approaches for ASD/ADHD
  • Experience delivering training
  • Experience of working with schools
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of legislation relating to childrens mental health (MHA, MCA, Safeguarding)
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Experience of working with and managing risk
  • Ability to manage potentially distressing/challenging situations
  • Excellent Report writing skills/IT Skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of CYP-IAPT
  • Knowledge of common mental health stressors in an education setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of Transforming CYP Mental Health Provision Green Paper

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