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Recruit to Train (RTT) SEND MHP (ASC/LD)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Full Time
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Our service has an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Recruit to Train Trainee, part of the Health Education England (HEE) funded Recruit to Train Programme in partnership with the Anna Freud Centre, University College London, and Kings College London. The post-holder will be training on the Children & Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) Therapy Course (ASC/LD) and carrying out clinical work in our service to complement their studies and use their newly developed skills. We are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic mental health practitioners to work and train within our service. The training post will equip the post-holder to provide interventions for children, young people or families using evidence-based intervention consistent with the course they are attending. The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

This role will be to cover the special schools in Crawley in the training year.

Main duties of the job

Thought-Full supports schools across West Sussex to develop their Whole School Approach (WSA) to emotional wellbeing and mental health, including targeted support - delivering evidence-based interventions for young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

During the training year, you will work in the service for at least 2.5-3.0 days of the week, based in the special schools in Crawley, using the newly developed skills to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. You will attend the training programme for the remaining 2.0-2.5 days plus completing any academic requirements of the course.

Within the special schools, you will hold a caseload of young people presenting with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. You will work with parents, teaching staff and other professionals, delivering group and individual interventions.

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key survey results:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

This is initially a 1 year fixed term training post funded by HEE.

This role will be best suited for applicants that are able to balance a very busy work and study schedule. You will be an employee at the service but also enrolled on a Postgraduate Diploma course. As this is a Postgraduate level training, you will be required to study and perform at academic level. Applicants must be prepared to work towards their studies outside of protected study time (such as on weekends and after work). Protected study time or teaching days are typically two days a week during term (with possibility of extra university days near start) and will be a mixture of in person and online sessions. Applicants must be willing to travel into London to attend their lectures.

More information about the courses and how the training works can be found here including the course brochures, and we strongly recommend you read the FAQs.

HEE are also expecting to implement a new rule regarding beneficiaries of their training year funding. We recommend you read this if you plan to apply to future trainings.

This is a training position and so all candidates will need to apply for both the trainee role with our organisation and the UCL Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy in order to be shortlisted (for more information about the course and minimum entry criteria, please see the course page and brochures: Please complete your university application using the UCL University Application Guidance supplied.

UCL covers the modalities of ASC/LD, Under 5s, IPT-A and CBT, You only need one application to the associated University no matter how many Recruit to Train job posts you apply for. However, it is very important to mention which modality/modalities you are applying for and why you are qualified & interested in them in your personal statement as this will be assessed by the course team to determine course/modality suitability.

Please note that when you apply to this role, your name will be shared with the Higher Education Institute (HEI) running the course. The service will usually be the Course Teams main way of contacting you until you have been sent an Offer, and so the Course Team at the HEI may ask for information if it is relevant to deciding course eligibility. Other information that might be shared:
  • Reason behind ineligibility for the course.
  • Queries regarding application
  • Name change - confirm with service to ensure that they are reviewing the correct candidate.

This is an integral part of the process to confirm that you have applied to the University and that you meet their course requirements. Please apply to the University at the same time as applying to this job position.If you apply to this job, you are giving permission that information relevant to establishing eligibility can be shared between the HEI and the Service. No irrelevant information will be disclosed or discussed.

As these are training positions, please be aware that this is a dual application process where you must be employed in a Recruit to Train funded job to also receive a place on the course, and vice-versa. If you are ineligible for the University Course, we will be unable to be offer the role. If you withdraw from an employment offer but you have accepted a university offer, you will be unable to join the course. You must apply to the course at the same time as this job.

Please note in this instance the course is not optional; the roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.Applicants for this training at UCL will need to be available to start by the 9th of January at the latest (with the course starting on the 16th January

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK University or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g. psychology, social work
Knowledge Essential
  • Post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people or adults with mental illness.

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