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Low Intensity Practitioner - Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Closing date is 12 July 2020

Job overview

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

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: 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.

Further info:

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

Person Specification



  • Recognised Low Intensity CYP IAPT qualification i.e. Children & Young Peoples Wellbeing Practitioner Qualification (CYWP) or Education Mental Health Practitioner qualification (EHMP)
  • OR
  • A qualification in Adult IAPT PWP with substantial experience of working with adolescents


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



  • Experience of providing evidence-based low intensity practice
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a CYP mental health setting post-qualification
  • Experience of working in or with education settings
  • Experience of delivering CBT informed practice
  • Experience of multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of monitoring performance & outcomes


  • 2 or more years 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 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 see pp 3 to 5 of the EMHP Supervisor Training Competency Assessment and Development Framework
  • 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
  • ocollect and interpret data, for reports, presentations and service performance
  • oProvide online support
  • oEngage in online meetings
  • oRecord 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 the relevant data 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


  • Ability to mediate successfully/resolve conflict situations
  • Knowledge of Calderdale schools and emotional health & wellbeing support services

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

15 June 2020

Pay scheme



£26,000 to £32,500 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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