Clinician and Supervisor Calderdale Mental Health Support Team
Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd
The closing date is 24 October 2021
Calderdale Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is recruiting at least 2 qualified and experienced clinician & supervisors to join our expanding school-based mental health service. The programme launched in 2020 as part of the national Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme and developed from the Government green paper on young peoples mental health. Each clinician and supervisor will be responsible for the low intensity clinical supervision of a small number of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). This may include support to trainee EMHPS to help them complete their year 1 training programme which begins in February 2022 at Sheffield University. Ideally they will meet the criteria to enrol on the EMHP supervisor training at Sheffield. The clinician/supervisors will also provide evidence-based support to more complex cases within education settings, and will support schools & college staff to develop their approach to well-being and mental health.
*please note that candidates may need to complete a separate application and attend a separate interview with Sheffield University to ensure eligibility for the supervisor training course.
Main duties of the job
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 to become a low intensity supervisor (if required)
5. Undertaking additional training as required as identified with Sheffield University
6. Providing education staff consultation to develop in-school strategies to improve mental health, pupil management, and keeping pupils in school when at risk of exclusion/refusal.
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
All staff within the Calderdale Mental Health Support Team are employed by Northpoint Wellbeing, a local charity that provides a range of services to promote emotional wellbeing. We believe that timely access to appropriate support, particularly talking therapies, is an effective way of promoting emotional wellbeing and relieving mental distress, for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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).
Closing date for applications Sunday 24th October
Likely interview date Monday 8th November
Summary of role: Each clinician and supervisors will be responsible for the low intensity clinical supervision of a small number of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). This may include support to trainee EMHPS to help them complete their year 1 training programme. The clinician & supervisors will also hold a client caseload.
Duties: The main duties and responsibilities of the post will include:
1. Liaising with other MHST, Open Minds (CAMHS) and other professionals, including the Single Point of Access in order to support effective joint working, information sharing, transition and rapid onward referrals to appropriate agencies.
2. Support the development and use of evidence-based resources for use in schools
3. Attend multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings relating to children and young people receiving interventions as necessary.
4. Enabling and providing pro active identification and assessment within the MHST of identified vulnerable groups, especially those at risk of exclusion, to support them, school staff and parents to stay in education as well as accessing suitable external support.
5. Providing consultation and advice to school and education staff and other professionals to enable self-management and in school, day to day support, especially for those at risk of exclusion and other vulnerable groups. This will be mainly for those children and young people who have more complex or unidentified needs than EMHPs can support, especially in the training year.
6. Provision of direct, short term evidence based therapeutic interventions to children, young people and families. This will be mainly for those children and young people who have more complex or unidentified needs than EMHPs can support whose needs are better met within the MHST.
7. Delivery of group interventions where appropriate
8. Providing support to parents and families referred into the service including discussions and consultations to parents about young people and providing signposting information to other potential services
9. To support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about the intervention.
10. To provide support and training to other professionals
11. Contribute to the training and development of trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) within the team, through observations, modelling, co-facilitation, training, and ongoing support
12. Provide high quality and evidence based low intensity clinical supervision and support to EMHPs (including during their training year)
13. Completion of any relevant EMHP low intensity supervision training at Sheffield University
14. Promote the mental and emotional health of children and young people in education settings, through development of a whole school approach to mental health
15. Work with the school / college senior mental health lead and existing service providers, to map what provision is already in place in settings and where the gaps are.
16. Train others to help children and young people, parents/carers and teachers to identify and manage stress and anxiety.
17. Building and maintaining good, effective working relationships with community partners and stakeholders
18. Taking a pro-active approach to ensuring safeguarding concerns are managed and raised appropriately
19. Ensuring that all casework records are kept confidentially and in line with Northpoints policies & procedures, including the Iaptus patient management systems
20. To use appropriate outcome measure and client satisfaction evaluation forms to evaluate the impact of intervention and team performance
21. Any other duties as required by the evolving nature of the project (primarily keeping integrated case management information, undertaking relevant assessments, completing monitoring and evaluation reports, attending team meetings/other forums, providing supervision to other relevant staff).
Skills and Knowledge
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.
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23 September 2021
£32,610 to £37,500 a year increase pending Oct 21
Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working, Compressed hours