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Senior Practitioner - Mental Health Support Teams in Schools

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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A new & exciting service - Mental Health Support Teams in Schools

Success with implementation in 2020, has led to expansion

The service is across H & W schools to provide early help for CYP ages 5-18 experiencing MH problems

We offer evidence-based low intensity CBT interventions

We are supportive, share knowledge, learn from our experiences, have attractive training packages, making the work place a good place to be

Service is Mon-Fri 9-5, multi professional working

The role is in our South Worcestershire Rurals Team, includes the Rurals, Worcester city & Droitwich

Core to this, is clinical supervision provided to our EMHP workforce

Successful candidates will undertake the EMHP supervisory course at the University of Exeter, UoE (virtual course)

Training based on course availability with UoE (January or September 2023)

Is this role right for you? Contact the Recruiting Manager which can be found on the top right of the advert

This post has been deemed by the Trust as eligible for relocation expenses for suitable successful candidate

Main duties of the job


Contemporaneous clinical record keeping.


Clinical supervision (case management) for band 4/5.

Design & deliver clinical skills sessions increasing the knowledge base of band 4 & 5 staff.

Under the direction of the Operational & Clinical Lead be accountable and responsible manage a defined caseload of patients

Participate in MDT working & Service Development

Individual assessment, risk assessment & care plan

CBT low intensity format also delivering, consultation, whole school approach, group work for pupils & parents.

Deliver consultation advice to education partners including signposting and referral to other services

Advocate for CYP in a variety of forums.

Audit related to service improvement.

Promote knowledge of mental health & the prevention of mental ill health with children and members of the general public, both formally and informally.

Foster close working relationships

Actively participate in regular clinical & safeguarding supervision sessions.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

Act as a role model to colleagues, always seeking to maintain the highest standards.

Use their initiative and take responsibility for themselves and the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.

Work in partnership with Educational Settings & Partners to improve the outcomes for CYP 5-18 years of age.

Be a member of the Multi-disciplinary Team & will carry continuing responsibility for the assessment, treatment & management of a defined caseload.

Use their initiative & take responsibility for themselves & the quality of their work and the service they provide to patients.

Provide a high quality, community (school) based service to the children & families within a MDT working within the Wellbeing and Emotional Support Teams. This is a developing service and there maybe opportunities to work in different teams as the service transforms.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Extensive post registration experience in mental health care including mental health assessment and risk assessment
  • Use of therapeutic interventions within mental health settings i.e. 1:1, counselling, family therapy and group work
  • Working with children and young people
  • Supervising less experienced members of staff
Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Nurse/Occupational Therapist/Social Worker or Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner or Education Mental Health Practitioner qualification with 2 years post qualification experience
  • Specific qualification in a relevant therapeutic speciality e.g. counselling, Family Therapy, CBT, substance misuse
Knowledge Essential
  • Working knowledge of health services
  • Working knowledge of mental health issues in CAMH Services
  • Experience in the delivery of evidence-based and CBT interventions for children and adolescents.
  • Good knowledge of recognised disorders and illnesses in the field of mental health
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Experience of delivering training and developing others
  • Experience of Providing mentorship
  • Experience of leadership or line management responsibilities
  • Experience of working in an educational environment
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English in both verbal and written formats
  • Basic IT competency
  • Able to drive with a full driving licence and have access to vehicle to meet the travel requirements
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Awareness of personal strengths and limitations
  • Able to travel to meet the commitments of the post

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
2 Kings Court

Charles Hastings Way




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