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Senior Practitioner - Mental Health Support Team

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Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Saffron Ground, Ditchmore Lane, Stevenage, SG1 3LJ
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
24/09/2021 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.

As part of Hertfordshire CAMHS transformation, our priority is simple: to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

Driven by this goal and in line with NHS long term plan, we have exciting new opportunities for Supervisors to work at the forefront of innovation in Children’s and Young Peoples Mental Health and to play an instrumental role in a forward-thinking service delivering interventions into schools and other settings in the areas of Stevenage.

This role is a chance to make a difference in young lives, and as such duties will include elements of operational management in support of the Team Leader as well as clinical activity.

As a Supervisor you will be expected to support the Team Leader to contribute to the development of the Stevenage MHST team and a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic mental health team in a creative environment where evidence-based interventions, new ideas, ways of working and supporting children and young people are actively encouraged.

This approach requires flexibility, dynamism and above all a passion for working with children and young people in educational settings whilst also motivating, inspiring and support your team to do the same.

Supervisors will be responsible for operationalising the delivery of evidence based interventions within Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in schools and colleges whilst providing supervision for Trainee EMHPs.

Supervisors will be graduate qualified health care professional and will have some level of formal CBT training (e.g. CYP-IAPT), or have completed the HEE Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practice or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing Practice for children and young people and have previous consolidated post graduate experience of working with young people with emotional and mental health issues.

In addition, candidates will have experience in delivering evidenced-based CBT interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues such as anxiety, low mood and behavioural problems to CYP both individually and in groups.

You will be expected to work in schools closely with school staff to support CYP, their families and staff to foster a whole school approach to mental well-being meaning a commitment to travel within the aforementioned areas

The Supervisors will play a key role in:

  • Forming strong working relations with a variety of stakeholders
  • Providing consultations to education colleagues and support education setting to embed a whole school approach to wellbeing
  • Developing and delivering evidence based time limited interventions to young people within education settings
  • Evidencing the outcomes of the MHST service
  • Providing clinical supervision to trainee Education and Mental Health practitioners.

It is essential for you to be willing to successfully complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision for Children and Young People’s Mental Health (CYPMH) course at Reading University on a part time basis throughout the first year. Travel to Reading will be required throughout training with blended learning being a possibility to minimise travel (full timetable being finalised).

Post holder will be expected to start their post and training in October 2021.

HPFT MHST works with Young people with mild to moderate mental health presentations attending school in the following areas:

  • Stevenage

The purpose of the team is to

  • Provide evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues.
  • Support the senior mental health lead in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school or college approach.
  • Give timely advice to school and college staff, and liaising with external specialist services, to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.

HPFT are committed to progressing and supporting their staff with career development and training, and ensuring staff health and wellbeing and job satisfaction.

The position will be based in Stevenage.

Be the catalyst to inspire future generations, be a trailblazer, and make a difference - join the HPFT MHSTs today!

HPFT has continued to expand this service and currently holds 4 MHSTs as a provider with 2 further teams underway, including staff development and progression opportunities.




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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rhian Boyce
Job title
MHST Team Leader
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Telephone number
07976 072420