Mental Health Therapist & Supervisor (MSS)
Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing & Hounslow Mind
The closing date is 19 August 2022
The purpose of the My Safe Space (MSS) is to help alleviate mental health and wellbeing during heightened arousal or crisis through supportive therapeutic provision within the local community facilitated by the MSS team. As a Mental Health Therapist & Supervisor, you will be a core member of the MSS team working with CYP’s between the ages of 5 - 18 years old who present or are referred to MSS.
This MSS Therapist & Supervisor role would suit a Health Care Professional (HCP) like a Nurse (RMN, RLDN), Social Worker (SW), Occupational Therapist (OT) with some formal training in CBT/DBT/ interventions, experience of working within a multi-disciplinary CYP MH team with experience in managing CYP’s presenting in a MH crisis/acute MH presentations with a special interest in developing their crisis response therapeutic practice and working creatively on effective evidence based de-escalation in the community.
The MSS will mainly deliver containing short-term support in crisis using evidence based therapeutic treatment modalities on- site. There will also be ongoing support for these CYP facilitated through liaison with HFEH Mind’s in-house social prescribing services to ensure a seamless onward transition to self-management, relevant specialist Community Mental Health services, Social Care or other relevant partner agencies where required.
Hours: 3pm - 11pm
Main duties of the job
The Mental Health Therapist & Supervisor role is a core part of the HFEH Mind Complex Needs Hub providing flexible and evidence-based episodes of crisis care and treatment to young people age 5 - 18 presenting to My Safe Space (MSS) ). This role will include the facilitation and coordination of mental health support and psychoeducation for CYP’s who are experiencing acute crisis. The MSS Mental Health Therapist & Supervisor will work in partnership with the MSS team and other agencies to alleviate MH Wellbeing and offer crisis de-escalation; identify and co-produce back-up support systems; facilitate psychoeducation; problem solve, create and facilitate relaxation/mindfulness events; facilitate conversations with other agencies to alleviate CYP distress and assist CYP to navigate community support primarily through the MSS base.
The aim of the service is to provide psychosocial, holistic support in crisis to help de-escalate crisis presentations, problem solve difficult circumstances, guide MH self-management and subsequently alleviate MH wellbeing for all CYP’s aged 5-18 accessing the service.
This is an exciting opportunity to join and support a fast growing and dedicated team supporting the wellbeing of communities across West London.
We’re here to make sure that everyone suffering with a mental health problem gets the help they need to recover. We listen, support recovery, fight stigma and work with partners to take action. We provide services for adults, children and young people, signposting for everyone and training and consultancy for employers.
- Work as a senior member of a multi-disciplinary team by providing containment and care to service users attending MSS under the direct or indirect leadership of the Team Manager.
- Contribute to the effective functioning of the MSS Team through attendance at relevant internal and external meetings, taking responsibilities within the service as appropriate and negotiated with the line manager.
- Design and implement the delivery of programmes of care working in partnership with children, young people, their families aged 5-18 and other agencies to develop intervention plans, agree interventions and monitor outcomes.
- Contribute to the effective running of the MSS Team by deputising or acting up for the Team Manage to cover any periods of absence as required.
- Provide direct therapeutic work, consultancy, workshops and representation at network meeting as required.
- The post holder will work to manage service waiting times effectively.
- Carry out mental health & risk assessments on children & young people in your care routinely and work to manage these situations effectively.
- Discuss new assessment in the MDT team meeting and collaboratively decide on an appropriate treatment pathway.
- Design and implement training materials and co-facilitate group or workshop delivery to promote emotional regulation, crisis identification and management, mental health awareness and self-care.
- Awareness of local community resources and facilitate the appropriate signposting or referrals for service users where the need for additional support or a different response is identified and agreed with CYP, CYP’s parent or carer.
- Design and implement the delivery of workshops and peer discussion groups as required.
- Manage safeguarding situations; be aware of and adhere to safeguarding guidelines; take the lead in informing and sharing concerns with the wider MSS team and raising safeguarding alerts.
- Observe, report and appropriately respond to any changes in the service user’s physical, mental health and behaviour and discuss them with the MSS team in consultation and as part of handover huddles.
- Support other HFEH Mind Youth Service delivery when required and agreed by Team Manager.
- Coordinate the development of MSS service tools, materials and services including carrying out audits and preparing service data for stakeholder presentation, training and wider service presentations.
- Assume responsibility for own cases in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of crisis interventions as an autonomous practitioner.
- Lead, facilitate and participate in the regular case and service reviews or discussions and have key worker responsibilities for cases.
- Utilise therapeutic skills flexibly and effectively to ensure interventions can be creatively thought through and facilitated in the MSS or other appropriate settings.
- Ensure the maintenance of standards of own professional practice according to HF Mind policies and procedures
- Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with line-manager on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development
- Participate in individual performance reviews and respond to agreed objectives in both a supervisor and supervisee capacity.
- Attend relevant educational opportunities in line with identified professional objectives as agreed and set out in appraisal.
- Ensure adherence to organisational policies and procedures, NICE guidelines and evidence based-practice in the design and delivery of interventions.
- Carry out additional tasks as required by the MSS service and core HFEH Mind service.
- Where agreed following a risk assessment facilitate the transportation of CYP’s from other community sites including A&E or schools within the borough to MSS for interventions or appropriate support within the service constructs.
- Maintain and nurture a positive working relationship with partner agencies providing specialist advice and support where appropriate.
- Take the lead establishing, developing and sustaining positive partnerships and relationships with other services.
- Manage the escalation of identified referrals for CYP with more complex needs to appropriate services.
- Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively with patients, relatives and carers, where there may be barriers to understanding. Ability to deal effectively with patient or carer concerns, complaints and anxieties as they arise.
- Work autonomously and participate in the delivery and development of patient centered, evidence-based care as appropriate, using a range of advanced skills and knowledge for patients with both diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions
- Communicate effectively with CYP’s, their families, the MDT and wider professional networks. They will also clearly document assessments and subsequent decision-making.
- Facilitate and participate in regular group and 1:1 supervision clinical and management supervision and participate in appraisal processes as required.
- Attend handover meetings; case review meetings and/consultation; regular team and handover meetings as required.
- Travel across boroughs within London (predominantly Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow) where required and agreed with supervisor or team manager for the purpose of Team representation, redeployment or specific service user needs.
- Attend mandatory in-house and relevant external training opportunities, to support own ongoing development.
- Facilitate staff supervision, appraisals and case consultation as required by the service.
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).