MHST Senior Practitioner

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£40,057 to £45,839 a year p.a (pro rata if Part Time)
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Have you established experience of working with children and young people?

Are you a registered core professional; accredited CBT, MBT or DBT practitioner; clinical, counselling or educational psychologist; family systemic psychotherapist; Art, Music or Drama Therapist; mental health nurse; occupational therapist; or social worker

Contact us! We seek confident professionals with significant experience of evidence-based group and individual interventions with children and young people, day to day operational leadership and clinical supervision.

It is essential you hold a relevant clinical qualification and have previous experience of working in a specialist or early help children and young people's mental health team; additional post graduate training in an evidenced based treatment modality such as CBT or DBT or experience of working in an educational setting would be a bonus. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality and responsive clinical interventions, including implementation and review of systems, policies, standards and procedures.

This role is a chance to make a difference in young lives, and includes both operational leadership and clinical duties.

Main duties of the job

The main focus is to:
  • Provide day to day senior operational leadership to support the clinical function of the MHSTs whilst working alongside the team manager and clinical lead to develop and implement a wide range of interventions and projects with local schools.
  • Lead on and directly provide comprehensive assessment, risk management and evidence-based interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Work with school staff and cultures in developing school environments that are more conducive to supporting sustainably better emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Contribute to the training and development of all staff including trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) within the team, through observations, modelling, co-facilitation, training, and ongoing support

This is a rewarding role that will provide a talented and ambitious clinician with real scope to develop and influence practice. If you are interested in working with schools and want to help shape new models of evidence-based support for CYP, this job could be for you!

MK MHST works with Young people with mild to moderate mental health presentations attending school.

About us

We are passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.

We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Senior Practitioner will be responsible for the caseload management and supervision of all clinical staff in a Mental Health Support Team and will facilitate wider service transformation within the teams locality in conjunction with other senior MHST staff and school mental health leads. The post holder will ensure the provision of high-quality, short term outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties in and around schools.

The post holder will contribute to the training and development of all staff including trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) within the team, through observations, modelling, co-facilitation, training, and ongoing support and ensure the staff within the team are equipped with the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

Working under the direction of the Team Manager and Team Clinical Lead, the post-holder will also be responsible for liaising directly with schools, developing and co-producing materials for delivery/presentation in schools, and supporting the development and embedment of the MHSTs in schools.

For further information about this post please see attached Job Description and Person Spec

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Professional /Therapy Mental Health Qualification at Diploma or Degree level. E.g. mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy, psychology, CBT /DBT/MBT/Family/ Systemic Therapist; Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychologist; Art, Music or Drama Therapist
  • Registered with a recognised professional body (e.g. HCPC, NMC, BACAP)
  • Additional relevant clinical post graduate qualification
  • Post Graduate clinical supervision training/qualification or a willingness to attend identified training
  • Additional qualification in relation to CAMHS
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with children, young people and parents presenting with a range of mental health difficulties and challenging behaviour.
  • Experience of working closely with education settings.
  • Formulation and treatment of children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of using Routine Outcome Measures, including in supervision
  • Experience of delivering CBT-informed supervision.
  • Experience in managing safeguarding concerns and risk to self/others.
Knowledge Essential
  • Varied clinical approaches. Both group and individual
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological interventions including low -intensity CBT interventions.
  • Active in MDT approach.
Key Skills/Abilities Essential
  • Ability to develop, manage and lead on outcomes data and data reporting for the service
Personal Essential
  • Willingness and ability to travel to different locations to undertake role effectively

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