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B7 MHST Clinical Lead - Black Country

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Bloxwich, Walsall
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Specialist Education Mental Health Team Clinical Lead

Band 7 (£40,057 - £45,839 pa)


The postholder can be based anywhere across the Black Country as it is a pan trust post.


We have an exciting opportunity as part of a joint venture between CAMHS and Educational Psychology for an experienced mental health practitioner who holds a qualification in CYP IAPT CBT to be part of the new Children's and Young People's Mental Health Support Teams across the Black Country.

Main duties of the job

The mental health support teams (MHST) will be jointly provided by the Reflexions teams and Educational Psychology Teams. This team will have the opportunity to further develop work within the field of young people's mental health and wellbeing and will provide CBT, guided self-help, parenting, with a focus on development of whole school approaches to mental health and wellbeing and the development of the think family approaches within the schools environment.

About us

This post will form part of a Mental Health Support team service across the Black Country. The post holder will be working as part of the MHST service, leading the team in partnership with the other Clinical and Team Leaders to ensure the service provides early intervention and promotes good mental well-being to children and young people. This is an exciting opportunity for the Specialist Educational Mental Health Team Clinical Lead to provide high level expertise and knowledge of mental health problems and psychiatric disorders and support the development and the successfully delivery of the service in schools. The post holder will be expected to work in partnership with professionals in schools, parents/carers and the Educational Psychologists to affectively plan support for children and young people beyond one to one intervention for example assembly's and supportive training. The post holder will be responsible for developing strong relationships with CYP MH services in their locality including CAMHS to ensure the most informed care pathways for children and young people. The post holder will be responsible for the day to day clinical supervision and leadership to the assigned MHST.

Job description Job responsibilities

Main Duties of the Job
  • Provide specialist assessments of children and young people referred to the service.
  • Develop, implement and review a range of evidence based treatment plans informed by clinical assessment and the specific needs of the individual within their wider social context.
  • Provide clinical supervision, leadership to the assigned MHST and staff from other teams where appropriate.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of CPD programmes for staff.
  • Working with MHST Team Leads to ensure delivery of the MHST action plan, highlight risk and plan mitigation, escalating where necessary
  • Reviewing the referral pathways, ensuring they are informed and being effectively utilised
  • Lead on developing relationships with other services that support CYP
  • Working closely with other professionals in schools, developing referral pathways and planning engagement with the schools.
  • Contribute and support strategic planning, ensuring the needs of children, young people, their parents/carers and schools is informing the development of the service.

We are looking for a highly motivated mental health practitioner who is experienced in mental health problems and psychiatric disorders and will be expected to carry out in-depth mental health assessments including risk assessments where required. Applicants must have a passion for developing and working closely with other professionals in schools in order to develop referral pathways. The post holder must have experience of working with a wide variety of children and young people in a range of clinical settings.

Experience in leadership role is desirable however we are looking for a candidate with the essential skills and values required to clinically lead and proactively support a busy team at a time of rapid change. This is an exciting time to join the service and this role will be key in driving forward the service and developing whole school approaches to mental health. Experience of recent working with schools and delivering mental health promotional collaborative work in such an arena is vital in order to be able to fulfill the role. Applicants must also have experience of providing case management supervision to CAMHS staff, student or other team professionals.

Applicants will be need to have a genuine interest in working within Children and Young peoples mental health and wellbeing within the schools environment. Applicants must have excellent communication skills and be able to network and show enthusiasm when working with other agencies such as Public Health, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities amongst others as and when required.

We are committed to equal opportunities and the development of our staff and will provide a robust induction programme. We also provide regular supervision and training for all our staff.

As a service we are committed to being representative of the communities we serve and overcoming any barriers women may have in accessing our service. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds who meet the specific criteria of the post, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, disability, religion/ belief or sexual orientation.

The post holder will be required to work flexibly across the Black Country and remotely from home.

We are open to secondments both internally and externally to the Trust.

This post is subject to an enhanced childrens and adults barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
Working for our organisation
Black Country Healthcare is encouraging positive workplace who welcomes staff, with a desire to perform at a high level.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, following the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (covering Wolverhampton and Sandwell) and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and a talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving. We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Why is this the place to work?
  • Free, on-site parking
  • Caf facilities on site
  • Beautiful, and peaceful hospital grounds, with seating areas
  • Good transport links around the midlands
  • Flexible working
  • NHS discount schemes
  • Working together with the local community to support patients and staff
  • Good performance outcomes
  • Training opportunities
  • Excellent staff support facilities, dedicated Health & wellbeing team, reflective practice, supervision, and debrief sessions
  • Opportunities to work with other services within the trust
  • New, up and coming digital processes and support

For further details please contact:

Zoe Gilbert, Service Manager on

Closing Date for applications is 7th October 2022

Person Specification Criteria Essential
  • Core profession (HCPC, Social Care, Nursing or recognised degree level or broad based health and social care qualification which will require completion of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Knowledge Skills and attributes)
  • Post graduate qualification in a mental health/ Children's related area or equivalent level of experience
  • Qualification and registration in CBT
  • CYPIAPT Supervisor training for high intensity CBT required or willing to undertake.
  • Experience of specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a range of clinical settings.

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