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Clinician & Supervisor - Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Closing date is 12 July 2020

Job overview

Northpoint Wellbeing are seeking up to 4 qualified and experienced clinicians who will help to supervise, support and work alongside 8 x trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs).

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 Mental Health Support Team 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

You will ideally have:

Experience of working in schools.

Experience of providing evidence-based mental health interventions to children, young people and families

Experience of providing CBT-informed supervision

The willingness and ability to complete low intensity supervisor training at Northumbria University (approx 1 day per month)

The drive to help develop a new and exciting service

About us

Northpoint Wellbeing Limited is a charitable provider of a range 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.

Further details in the 'About Northpoint' and 'About Calderdale MHST documents'.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Title: Clinician and Supervisor Mental Health Support Team

Salary/benefits: £32,270 to £37,110 (pro rata to 35 hrs FTE) + employer pension contribution

(cost of living increase due October 2020)

Hours: The post is for 35 hours per week. Applications for candidates with availability to work 21 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 discretionary leave days between Christmas & New Year (a skeleton service operates during this period which staff may be asked to contribute to in exchange for overtime/time in lieu).

Start date: September/October 2020

Reporting to: Northpoint Mental Health Support Team 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 may be required at the University of Northumbria. Travel expenses payable.

Service hours: The service will initially operate on weekdays during education setting hours. Occasional later working on evenings may be required.

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

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

This is a new service with an opportunity to develop the service ensuring the voice of children, young people and their families alongside education colleagues 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: The clinician and supervisor will be responsible for the low intensity clinical supervision of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), supporting them in year 1 to qualify their training programme (exact number of supervisees to be determined).

The clinician/supervisor will also hold a caseload of students.

The main areas of the job will include:

1. Supporting school settings to develop their understanding of the MHST & EMHP role.

2. Providing direct support to students, pupils and families at a higher level of need than EMHP support and/or working alongside EMHPs as necessary.

3. Low intensity clinical supervision of EMHPs if identified as meeting the requirements for EMHP low intensity supervision training.

4. Completion of EMHP low intensity supervision training if required to become a low intensity supervisor (travel expenses will be paid)

5. Undertaking additional training as required as identified with the University of Northumbria

6. Providing education staff consultation to develop in school strategies to improve mental health, pupil management and keep pupils in school when at risk of exclusion.

7. Supporting EHMP trainees to qualify through joint working, assessments, supervision

8. 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)

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

The postholder will also build on existing links with Open Minds partners including specialist CAMHS (South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust), statutory and third sector providers.

Staff team: The Mental Health Support Team will consist of:

8 x Education Mental Health Practitioners

2 x Senior Clinicians/Supervisors

Up to 4 x clinicians/ practitioners (qualified professionals)

An admin worker (0.8 FTE) and a data lead (0.3 FTE) to support both teams

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. 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 keeping with the evidence base.

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:

About Northpoint (see separate document)

About Calderdale MHST (separate document)

MHST manual: Mental Health Support Teams for Children and Young People in Education (link provided in 'About Calderdale MHST' document)

Low intensity supervision training curriculum EMHP Supervisor Training Competency Assessment and Development Framework (link provided in 'About Calderdale MHST document')

- Full Job Description and Person Specification

Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate:

Due to the nature of the work, this post will be subject to a DBS check (formerly CRB check). Northpoint's policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available on request - a past criminal conviction will not necessarily be a bar to employment.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification relevant to the specialist field


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



  • Experience of working in or with education settings
  • Experience of delivering CBT informed practice
  • Experience of delivering CBT informed supervision
  • Experience of multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of monitoring performance & outcomes


  • Experience of delivering mental health interventions in education settings
  • A minimum of 2 years post-qualification 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.

Skills, knowledge and ability


  • Ability to meet the competencies identified as a pre-requisite for EMHP supervisor training (set out in pp3-5 of the EMHP Supervisor Training Competency Assessment and Development Framework ) Demonstrable knowledge of current 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
  • - engage in online meetings
  • - record keeping, report writing, note taking etc


  • Familiarity with electronic patient management systems such as IAPTus, RIO, SystmOne etc.
  • Awareness of relevant initiatives and frameworks, including MHSTs, Thrive Elaborated, Choice & Partnership Approach (CAPA), and CYP IAPT.
  • Awareness of relevant data requirements (e.g. MHSDS, Routine Outcome Measures)

Personal Attributes


  • Proactive, reliable, self-motivated and able to work independently Able to prioritise workload and multi task
  • Willing and able to attend and 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


  • Able 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.

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

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd


Hunslet Road


LS10 1JN

Employer's website

Date posted

17 June 2020

Pay scheme



£32,270 to £37,110 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time


35 hours a week

Reference number


Job locations

Hunslet Road


LS10 1JN

9 Clare Road


West Yorkshire


Supporting documents

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