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Mental Health Support Team Lead

West London NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per Annum Plus HCAS & Golden Hello*
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Calling CAMHS Core professions: CBT practitioners, clinical/ counselling psychologists, family systemic psychotherapists, mental health nurses, child psychotherapists, CAMHS occupational therapists, social workers!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced clinical manager to join the Hounslow Mental Health Support Team. We want to hear from CAMHS professionals with significant experience of day to day operational leadership, and offering supervision and line management to clinicians.

It is essential you hold a relevant clinical qualification and have previous experience of working in a CAMHS team. Experience of working in education would be a bonus. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality and responsive CAMHS service, including implementation and review of systems, policies, standards and procedures within frameworks agreed by the Trust, partner agencies and commissioners.

This role is eligible for an additional golden hello of £5000 paid over 2 years*.

Main duties of the job

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

The main focus is to:
  • Provide day to day senior operational management and leadership for the clinical functioning of the MHST's whilst working alongside service leaders to develop and implement a wide range of interventions and projects with local schools.
  • Lead on and directly providing comprehensive assessment, risk management and 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.

This is a challenging and rewarding role that will provide a talented and ambitious manager 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!

About us

Hounslow was one of the first sites to benefit from significant investment to develop a trailblazer MHST, as outlined in the Young People's Mental Health Green Paper. Hundreds of CYP have now accessed guided self- help and group work support, with encouraging feedback and clinical outcomes.

Each team currently comprises Band 5 Education Wellbeing Practitioners and Children's Wellbeing Practitioners, high intensity CBT Therapists, a CAMHS Specialist MH Practitioner/ Supervisor and Team Lead. The teams are overseen by the MHST Managers and supported by a Team Administrator.

All new employees are provided with the necessary training, equipment and support during this period. The successful candidate will be supported in completing the CYP-IAPT Supervisor training which is essential for the role.

Job description Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will be supported to maintain their professional registration and will have access to support/supervision from colleagues from within their discipline, if applicable. We offer high quality supervision, with excellent CPD and career development opportunities.

The post holder will work alongside the Team Leads for Hounslow Central, East and West areas and work closely with the Team Managers on service wide projects. The role requires travel to partner schools and Trust sites. In line with the Trusts Agile Working Policy, the team are currently taking a blended approach by working remotely and face to face, as required.

For full details about this Band 8a MHST Lead role, please see the uploaded job description and person specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in an appropriate mental health profession (such as Nursing, Social Work, OT, Counselling or Clinical Psychology, Family Therapy or Child Psychotherapy) and registration with relevant UK governing body. or To be fully accredited by the BABCP as a CBT practitioner
  • Specialist knowledge acquired at masters level, or equivalent experience (e.g. short specialist courses, clinical supervision or further specialist training).
  • Parenting qualification and parenting supervision qualification.
  • Specific therapeutic modality training and qualification e.g. CBT, DBT, IPT etc.
  • Management or leadership training
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post qualification experience
  • Experience of working with children, young people and parents presenting with a range of mental health difficulties and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of working with evidence based approaches to low mood, anxiety and behaviour problems.
  • Assessment, formulation and treatment of children and young people with mental health difficulties
  • Previous experience of supervising clinicians and operational leadership functions
  • Experience of collaborative multidisciplinary working across a variety of settings (e.g., education & social care).
  • Experience of providing a culturally sensitive service.
  • Experience in managing child protection concerns.
  • Experience of working within a multiagency context.
  • Experience of developing and delivering whole school approaches in line with the recently published Mental health support teams for children and young people in education manual.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological interventions
  • Skills in the assessment of mental health factors for children young people and their parents.
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • High level skills in working with professional networks and the ability to advocate for and advance the mental health needs of parents and their children.
  • Ability to chair team meetings and support the PWP Professional Lead with delegated management tasks.
  • Ability to form excellent working relationships with colleagues and work flexibly with others in multidisciplinary and multi-agency settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
  • Knowledge and skills in effective communication including highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues.
  • Effectively manage a reduced clinical caseload, complete outcome measures routinely, and update clinical records in line with team, service and Trust requirements.
  • Ability to develop, manage and lead on outcomes data and data reporting for the service.
  • Knowledge of the relevant clinical research literature and ability to apply it to field of parent/child mental health for each service area.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health, education and the children Act and Child protection.
  • Ability to form good working relationships and work flexibly with others in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency settings.
  • Delivery of parenting programmes - Webster Stratton, Triple P, NVR etc
  • Supervision of clinicians delivering parenting programme.
  • Supervising Children's Wellbeing Practitioners as part of IAPT programme
  • Experience of working in a culturally diverse inner city area.

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