MHST Clinical Lead

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pro rata inc
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Part Time
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Part time: 2.5 days/18.75 hours per week

The Mental Health in Schools Teams are part of an exciting trailblazer project funded by NHS England, Health Education England & partners with the aim to improve the mental health & wellbeing of children & young people in the community in response to the government's Green Paper for Transforming children & young people's mental health. Alongside this Greenwich has an established Early Intervention Team providing consultation & intervention into schools. Combined MHST & EIT form the school's pathway in Greenwich CAMHS.

The Clinical Lead will focus on providing clinical oversight & leadership for the MHST team supporting the Team Manager to continue service development. The team requires ongoing development & specific work to ensure robust integration across the school's pathway. The role will be working alongside community partners & developing relationships between the MHST & educational settings. The role will ensure efficient & effective delivery of the MHST, providing high quality, safe & responsive specialist mental health services to children, young people, parents/carers & professionals in accordance with Children & Young People's IAPT principles, in partnership with service users & partner agencies, as part of a multi-agency system. The post holder will have clinical oversight for clinicians within the MHST & will work as part of the senior's team supporting & deputising for the team manager to set up/clarify new pathways.

Main duties of the job

The MHSTs will partner with their education settings to design a bespoke offer, based on the school's individual needs and will work with the mental health services that are already in place, such as counselling, educational psychology, school nurses, pastoral care, educational welfare officers, VCSEs, the local authority, including children's social care, and NHS Children and Young People Mental Health Services (CYPMHS).

Greenwich MHST was established in 2019, the service is designed to help meet the mental health needs of children and young people in education settings, the site was successful in achieving funding to expand the current team. The team is made up of Lead Practitioners, Senior Practitioners, Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) & Trainee EMHP's. The team is based across education settings, Greenwich CAMHS and remote working. We are an additional resource within a whole-system approach to promote resilience and wellbeing, support early intervention, enable appropriate signposting and deliver evidence-based support, care and interventions.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description for further information:

  • To be trained and confident in the use of CYP IAPT principles, evidence based interventions and routine outcome measures.
  • To provide specialist mental health advice, consultation and signposting using an outcome based triage model, to schools
  • To provide consultation to schools
  • Develop working relationships with the relevant services and agencies to raise awareness of the MHST team.
  • Promote a positive image of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust by participating in service promotion and information events. Contribute to meetings / conferences, newsletters and journals when required.
  • Collect data required for management information.
  • Support the manager with the recruitment of new staff where appropriate.
  • Support the Lead Practitioners with the allocation of referrals.
  • To actively promote the whole school based approach to developing and maintaining emotional health and well-being.
  • Train and mentor students and less experienced members of the discipline as appropriate.
  • To be able to assess and manage risk in children and young people and to do this on an on-going basis within the role as care co-ordinator
  • To effectively and appropriately communicate risks often under difficult, highly charged and emotional circumstances to medical staff, other professionals and families involved in the care of the client.
  • Support/develop junior colleagues risk management.
  • Actively contribute to service development and implementation of Policies, Procedures and Clinical Guidelines.
  • To develop clinical practice by ensuring it is evidence based and appropriate to meet the needs of service users.
  • To act as an autonomous practitioner with an understanding of own limitations and recognition of when to seek support.
  • To contribute to overall service delivery and development, with a particular focus on the CAMHS care pathway, as required
  • To work closely with the schools, carrying out joint assessments when appropriate.
  • To implement appropriate training and education packages for parents and carers and junior colleagues.
  • To ensure that own practice remains within legal, ethical and professional parameters and is open to scrutiny from relevant professionals.
  • To possess IT skills in order to effectively communicate in writing with colleagues, other professionals and families in accordance with trust policies e.g. writing of comprehensive report.
  • To store statistical data in accordance with trust policies..
  • To ensure live registration with appropriate professional body, e.g. NMC.
  • Actively identify personal training needs and participate in training programmes as required and identified in PDP
  • To demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions regarding the confidentiality of clients and their families taking into considerations the risks to clients, self and the wider public.
  • To represent CAMHS on Directorate and Trust committees as required and to be able to effectively communicate information relevant to CAMHS.
  • To liaise with other colleagues in CAMHS and participate in different clinical groups in order to share best practice and discuss current and future professional and clinical developments e.g. case review meetings and professional forums.
  • To liaise independently and effectively with external partner agencies, co-ordinating meetings and participating in case discussions between teams involved in the care of clients.

Person Specification Education & Qualifications Essential
  • RN Mental Health, CQSW/CSS/DipSW or equivalent Social Work qualification/Dip or BSc OT
  • Specialist training in a subject/skill relevant to Child & and Adolescent Mental Health (0-18 years) together with CYP IAPT Dip in CBT/SFP/IPT-A
  • Registration with relevant Professional body
  • Evidence of continued Professional development to Masters level equivalent
Experience Essential
  • At least 6 years post registration experience in a setting where mental health is the primary focus some of which should have been in a CAMHS setting.
  • Leadership Experience
Skills, Ability and Knowledge Essential
  • Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and demonstrate awareness of MDT functioning.

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