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MHST Senior Clinician

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year Including Fringe allowance
Closing date
25 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Do you want to be part of the expanding Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) in schools? We are delighted to announce that Surrey was successful in obtaining additional MHST sites. Our current MHST areas are Epsom, Spelthorne, Reigate and Banstead, Elmbridge and Surrey Heath. We currently have both qualified EMHPs and trainee EMHPs in each of these sites. We have now also been successful in obtaining four more MHSTs to begin in September 2022. These sites are Woking, Runnymede, Guildford and Waverley. We are hoping to recruit to these new MHST sites and may have upcoming vacancies in existing teams.

We invite you to consider being involved in this exciting opportunity to help to deliver the governments vision and commitment to develop integrated mental health teams in schools.

Building on existing 'whole school approaches to mental health and wellbeing, Surrey is developing new MHSTs to work with selected primary and secondary schools to increase access to mental health interventions for children and young people up to the age of 18 years.

Our MHSTs will support families and young people with an emerging or mild mental health problem and will deliver evidence-based interventions based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic (CBT) approach in schools. Each MHST will be co-located in schools, operating from the four main geographical hubs, with services delivered across the cluster of schools for each area.

Main duties of the job

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 supporting management and supervision of the EMHPs, as well as providing consultation, advice, training and delivering interventions. The clinician will be a professional who has experience providing supervision or support to more junior staff.

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 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, multiagency partners, children, young people and their families.


We are pleased to announce that we are in a position to offer a Golden Hello payment of £3,000 (pro rata) for this vacancy eligible to the external candidates only. Payment would be made in three instalments. Further details can be found in the supporting documents.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key elements of the role include:
  • Work in partnership with schools to assess and deliver a range of mental health interventions within school settings. This may involve group work or direct work with children/young people as well as offering specialist mental health-based consultation, and advice around mental health to teaching staff.
  • Be responsible and ensure the effective co-ordination of clinical care provided within schools including consideration to safeguarding and clinical risk issues when indicated
  • Work with teachers and school staff to identify, support and provide consultation for children and young people with emerging mental health needs, as part of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing
  • Build relationships across services to ensure joint delivery of care
  • Support with the clinical leadership of the team, providing caseload management supervision to the EMHPs.
  • Delivering Whole School Approach Training Packages

The service will be available all year around, Monday to Friday 9-5pm, though there may be times when workshops or community work are required in evenings or at weekends and it is essential that the post holder is flexible.

The principal purpose of the job will be to provide consultation, collaborative support and evidence-based interventions for children and young people up to 18 years. The post holder will be expected to develop and maintain networks of support with schools and alliance colleagues and build and promote whole school approaches to support young people with emotional wellbeing needs. They may lead in the development of training initiatives in collaboration with colleagues from Surrey Emotional Wellbeing Services, the Wellbeing Partnership Alliance, education, health and social care teams. They will foster a culture that encourages and enables individuals to have an active role in identifying, planning, and meeting their individual needs.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional qualification relevant to the specialist field
  • 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 delivering CBT informed practice
  • Experience of multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of monitoring performance and outcomes
  • Membership/registration of relevant professional body or EMHP/CWP qualification.
  • Relevant post-qualification training
  • Experience of delivering mental health interventions in education settings
  • CBT qualification
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a CYP mental health setting post-qualification
  • Experience of working in a CBT model.
  • Experience of early OCD case management.
  • Training in other MH presentations
Experience Essential
  • 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 think clinically/therapeutically about client need
  • 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 in order to
  • collect and interpret data, for reports, presentations and service performance
  • Provide online support
  • Engage in online meetings
  • Record keeping, report writing, note taking etc
  • Familiarity with electronic patient management systems such as System1.
  • Experience of delivering supervision
  • Awareness of relevant initiatives and frameworks, including MHSTs, Thrive and CYP IAPT.
  • Awareness of relevant data monitoring requirements
  • Experience of assessing/working with complex cases

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