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Senior Clinician & Supervisor - Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Closing date is 05 July 2020

Job overview

Northpoint Wellbeing are seeking two experienced and qualified mental health practitioners and supervisors to work as senior clinicians who will provide low intensity supervision to Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) and other MHST staff.

When consulted on the workforce, children and young people have told us they want to be supported by staff who can identify with them, who have empathetic skills, who listen, and who involve them in decisions about their care. Young people also felt the Open Minds Partnership workforce should be representative of the population they support.

Therefore, we are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who will help to make the MHST representative of the Calderdale population in terms of ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and lived experience (i.e. experience as service users).

Main duties of the job

Appointed candidates will have experience of providing CBT informed practice and supervision. The role will involve:

Working with the team manager to develop the service

Training to become a qualified low intensity supervisors.

Providing clinical supervision to trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) and other MHST staff.

Providing direct support to pupils, students and families through assessments, consultations and ongoing short term works - this will normally be where needs are more complex than low intensity, especially for identified vulnerable groups.

Ensuring rapid and accurate onward referral where needed

About us

Northpoint Wellbeing Limited is a charitable provider of therapeutic & preventative services for those experiencing mental health and emotional difficulties in Calderdale, Leeds, and surrounding areas.

Northpoint have provided children & young people's mental health services (formerly CAMHS) in Calderdale since 2014. Our provision includes the single point of access and a team of therapeutic practitioners who provide mental health interventions in schools and other community settings.

We work closely with a range of providers as part of the Open Minds Partnership which includes South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) who deliver the specialist CAMHS service, together with a range of third sector agencies.

The Mental Health Support Team will form part of the Open Minds Partnership and will be closely integrated into schools and colleges.

See additional 'About Northpoint' document for further information.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Title: Senior Clinician & Supervisor - Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

Salary/benefits: £37,290 to £42,880 (pro rata to 35 hrs FTE) + employer pension contribution

(cost of living increase due 1st October)

Hours: The post is for 35 hours per week. Applications for candidates with availability to work 28 hours or more will be considered.

Holidays: Full time employees are entitled to 28 days annual leave per annum plus public holidays and up to 3 disretionary leave days at Christmas.

Start date: September 2020

Reporting to: Northpoint MHST Service Manager

Contract status: This is a permanent contract of employment with Northpoint Wellbeing

Location: Northpoint has an office base in Clare Road in central Halifax. The majority of the therapeutic work will take place in education settings across Calderdale and online. Some training will be required at the University of Northumbria. Travel expenses will be paid.

The MHST will work flexibly in and around several educational settings across Calderdale, working alongside education colleagues to develop and provide preventive and early help support to meet the needs of their pupils and students experiencing low intensity mental health issues. A multi professional team around the schools involved will be created to discuss direct school requests and develop support plans.

The team will mainly deliver early intervention, low intensity, and short-term support in educational settings as well as support rapid onward access to relevant specialist mental health services via the single point of contact. The MHST will support educational staff with training and consultation as well as assessment of children and young people need and support plan creation.

The team will consist of a service manager, senior clinicians/supervisors, clinicians/low intensity supervisors, and Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), with admin/data/project/strategic and clinical support.

The 8 trainee EMHPs will be employed at NHS Agenda for Change Band 4 and will progress onto Band 5 on completion of their 12 month training course at Northumbria University. They will provide low intensity support directly in schools and colleges.

Specific vulnerable groups will be proactively identified and helped through assessment, consultation, and support.

The postholder will have the opportunity to help develop the service and ensure the voice of children, young people and their families are heard to find new and innovative ways of working to best meet their needs. Year 1 will be a training and setup year with year 2 as full mobilisation upon training completion and qualification.

Client Group: the mental health support teams will focus on supporting students and pupils aged up to 18 with presenting problems of a low to moderate level of complexity, with some additional support for identified vulnerable groups.

Summary of role: Each senior clinician/supervisor will be responsible for the clinical supervision of two clinicians plus any required low intensity supervision of 4-8 EMHPs. This aspect will be developed and will change during the trainee and setup phase in year 1. It is envisaged they will also hold a small caseload of higher intensity cases.

The senior clinicians role will also involve consultation and support to school and education staff, triage & assessment of cases, and development of clinical policies/processes Each senior clinician/supervisor will work closely with the service manager to develop the MHST service.

The main areas of the job will include:

1. Clinical supervision and oversight of EHMPs and mental health support team staff

2. Completion of EMHP low intensity supervision training (link to curriculum provided in below)

3. Undertaking additional training as required, as identified with the University of Northumbria and the requirements of the project

4. Liaison with training provider to ensure the EHMP trainees pass the course

5. Helping to build robust pathways with CAMHS, schools and other agencies

6. Providing direct support to students and families with more complex/specialist needs

7. Helping to develop the service in line with the principles of Thrive and emerging good practice (e.g. digital technology, CYP IAPT, evidence-based interventions)

8. Helping to ensure the project meets national and local performance targets

Open Minds Partnership: The Open Minds Partnership is a collective of commissioned providers of young peoples mental health services in Calderdale which includes Northpoint, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPT), and .

The clinician/supervisors will link closely with the wider Open Minds Partnership service offer which includes other Northpoints services (see separate document titled 'About Northpoint and the Open Minds Partnership')

Staff team: The Mental Health Support Team is likely to consist of:

8 x Education Mental Health Practitioners

2 x Senior Clinicians/Supervisors

3 or 4 x Clinicians (qualified professionals)

An admin worker (0.8 FTE) and a data lead (0.3 FTE)

A more detailed proposed staffing and supervision structure can be found in the additional 'About Calderdale MHST' document.

The trainee EMHPs will be employed at NHS Agenda for Change Band 4 and will progress onto Band 5 on completion of their 12 month training course at Northumbria University. The MHST supervisors will provide clinical support and supervision to the EMHPs. The MHST clinicians will provide evidence based support to more complex cases, including students with special education needs. It is envisaged that all staff will be employed by Northpoint.

Approach: The approach used by the practitioner should be consistent with the:

relevant evidence based/NICE guidance indicated mental health interventions

professional requirements of the relevant professional body, such as BACP, BABCP, or Health Professions Council

guidance and standards relating to MHST, CYP IAPT and Thrive

Direct clinical work will be short term in nature in line with the evidence base and training.

Group interventions and digital on-line therapy also form part of the MHST/OMP offer.

Further info:

The recruitment pack also consists of the following documents which should be read before submitting an application:

MHST manual (Mental Health Support Teams for Children and Young People in Education Manual)

Low intensity supervision training curriculum* (EMHP Supervisor Training Competency Assessment and Development Framework)

*only candidates who meet the criteria for the EHMP supervision training and who are willing to complete the course will be appointed to these roles.

See full Job Description attached for further details of role and duties.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification relevant to the specialist field


  • Supervision qualification
  • CBT qualification
  • Relevant post-qualification training
  • Membership/registration of relevant professional body



  • 2 or more years experience working therapeutically, clinically or consultatively within a CYP Educational or Mental Health Setting, with children and young people with mental health difficulties and their families
  • Experience of delivering interventions in education settings Experience of delivering CBT informed practice
  • Experience of delivering CBT informed supervision
  • Experience of multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of monitoring performance and outcomes


  • Experience of delivering mental health interventions in education settings
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a CYP mental health setting post-qualification
  • Experience of delivering CBT-informed supervision at low intensity level
  • Experience in one, or both, of these areas:
  • 1.low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions
  • 2.whole school approaches to mental health in education settings. Experience of assessing/working with complex cases, typically seen in Tier 3 / Specialist CAMHS.
  • Experience of developing clinical policies/procedures.

Skills, knowledge and ability


  • Ability to meet the competencies identified as a pre-requisite for EMHP supervisor training as described in pp 3-5 of the EMHP Supervisor Training Competency Assessment and Development Framework
  • Knowledge of CYP IAPT & the benefits of low intensity work Knowledge of CYP IAPT outcome measures
  • Demonstrable knowledge of relevant safeguarding and mental health legislation
  • Ability to motivate, guide and support staff to develop
  • Ability to provide culturally sensitive support and supervision Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to teach, train and provide clear consultation
  • Ability to think clinically/therapeutically about client need
  • Ability to improve services to increase efficiency and enhance patient experience
  • Ability to write concise and informative reports and letters
  • Ability to use and interpret outcome measures to monitor intervention effectiveness.
  • Competent ICT skills in order to
  • - collect and interpret data, for reports, presentations and service performance
  • -Provide online support oEngage in online meetings
  • -Record keeping, report writing, note taking etc


  • Familiarity with electronic patient management systems
  • Awareness of relevant initiatives and frameworks, including MHSTs, Thrive Elaborated, Choice & Partnership Approach (CAPA), and CYP IAPT.
  • Awareness of relevant data monitoring requirements

Personal Attributes


  • Proactive, reliable, self-motivated and able to work independently Ability to prioritise workload and multi task
  • Willingness & ability to complete EMHP low intensity supervision training at University of Northumbria
  • Flexible to meet service needs
  • Well organised and able to manage time effectively
  • Assertive and confident
  • Approachable, positive and enthusiastic
  • Displays care, compassion, sensitivity and responsiveness to other peoples feelings and needs
  • Able to demonstrate clear and inspiring leadership internally and externally, behaving as a role model at all times
  • Able to work as part of a team, co-operating to work together and in conjunction with others and willing to help and assist wherever possible and appropriate appreciating the value of diversity in the workplace
  • Able to develop, establish and maintain positive relationships with others both internal and external to the organisation and with service users and their carers


  • Ability to mediate successfully/resolve conflict situations

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.

Employer Details

Employer name

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd


Hunslet Road


LS10 1JN

Employer's website

Date posted

18 June 2020

Pay scheme



£37,290 to £42,880 a year



Working pattern



35 hours a week

Reference number


Job locations

Hunslet Road


LS10 1JN

9 Clare Road


West Yorkshire


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