Low Intensity Practitioner - Calderdale Mental Health Support Team
Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd
Closing date is 12 July 2020
Calderdale's new school-based Mental Health Support Team (MHST) will be part of the innovative Thrive Open Minds Partnership (OMP) of children & young people's mental health services.
You will already have a relevant and recognised CYP IAPT low intensity qualification (CYWP or EHMP). We will also consider candidates with an adult IAPT PWP qualification.
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:
A relevant CYP low intensity qualification (i.e. CYWP or EHMP).
Experience of providing evidence-based mental health interventions to children, young people and families
Ability to provide CBT-informed supervision
Willingness to complete low intensity supervisor training at Northumbria University (approx 1 day per month)
The drive to help develop a new and exciting service
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 Title: Low Intensity Practitioner & Supervisor
Salary/benefits: £26,000 to £32,500 (pro rate to 35 hrs FTE) + employer pension contribution
(cost of living increase due October 2020)
Hours: Full time (35 hours). Office hours Monday to Friday.
Applications for 28 hours or above 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.
Start date: September/October 2020
Reporting to: Northpoints 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 home based work is also likely. Some training may be required at the University of Northumbria. Travel expenses will be paid.
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 (including a low intensity practitioner), 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.
We are keen to ensure the voice of children, young people and their families are heard, and 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 Low Intensity Practitioner & Supervisor will ideally contribute to the support and clinical supervision of 4-8 x trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), supporting them in year 1 to qualify their training programme. They will also hold a caseload of young people who require low intensity work.
The main areas of the job will include:
1. Providing direct support to students, pupils and families at a higher level of need than trainee EMHP support and/or working alongside EMHPs as necessary.
2. Clinical supervision of trainee EMHPs (once the requirements for EMHP low intensity supervision training are met).
3. Completion of EMHP low intensity supervision training if required to become a low intensity supervisor
4. Undertaking additional training as required as identified with the University of Northumbria
5. 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.
6. Supporting EHMP trainees to qualify through joint working, assessments, supervision
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
Partnership working: The supervisor/practitioner will link closely with partners and will help to develop referral pathways.
The postholder will also build on existing links with Open Minds partners including the specialist CAMHS service and statutory/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/supervisors (qualified professionals) including a low intensity practitioner
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. 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, CAPA and Thrive Elaborated
Direct clinical work will be short term in nature - normally a maximum of 6 to 8 weekly sessions, but often less (brief interventions of between 1 and 3 sessions are offered to a number of families).
Group interventions and digital on-line therapy also form part of the MHST/OMP offer.
The recruitment pack also consists of the following documents:
MHST manual: Mental Health Support Teams for Children and Young People in Education
Low intensity supervision training curriculum EMHP Supervisor Training Competency Assessment and Development Framework
About Northpoint (see separate document)
About Calderdale MHST (separate document)
- Job Description (this outlines the full duties of the role)
- Person Specification
Skills, knowledge and ability
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.
Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd
15 June 2020
£26,000 to £32,500 a year
35 hours a week