Senior Education Mental Health Practitioner - Calderdale MHST

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

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Job summary

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work as a Senior Education Mental Health Practitioner in the innovative Calderdale Mental Health Support Team.

The successful candidate will bring their experience of providing low intensity evidence based interventions for children, young people and their families in education settings.

You will already hold a CYP IAPT low intensity qualification to work as an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) or as a Children & Young Peoples Wellbeing Practitioner (CYWP).

You will also have at least 12 months post-qualification experience in a role where you have using the skills learned on this training.

Main duties of the job

The 3 main areas of the job will include:

1. Providing direct support to children, young people, and families in school settings

2. Supporting trainee and newly qualified EMHPs through joint working, peer support, and potentially clinical supervision (if eligible for the EMHP supervisor training course)

3. Helping school/college staff to develop their whole setting approach to emotional health

Ideally, the postholder will meet the criteria to complete low intensity EMHP Supervision Training at Sheffield University or they would expect to meet this criteria within 12 months (support and introductory supervisor training will be available to the right candidate).

The post will begin in January or February 2022. The supervision training is likely to start in spring 2022 and will correspond to the EMHP training which begins in February 2022 (Northpoint are recruiting 4 trainee EMHPs to attend this course).

About us

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).

Please note that the vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This vacancy is only open to candidates who qualified as an EMHP or CYWP in January 2021 or earlier.

The successful candidate will bring their experience of providing low intensity evidence based

evidence-based interventions for children, young people and their families in education settings.

The 3 main areas of the job will include:

1. Providing direct support to children, young people, and families in school settings

2. Supporting trainee and newly qualified EMHPs through joint working, peer support, and potentially clinical supervision (if eligible for the EMHP supervisor training course)

3. Helping school/college staff to develop their whole setting approach to emotional health

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 BABCP
  • guidance and standards relating to MHST, CYP IAPT, 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, digital on-line therapy, and whole-school approach work also form part of the MHST offer.

Client Group: the mental health support teams 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. Vulnerable groups include pupils/ students with SEN support (pre EHCP), pupils at risk of exclusion, young carers, pupils who identify their gender as other (Calderdale eHNA survey), children and young people at the edge of care or who have previously been in care and families affected by flooding.

The post holder will work with children, young people and parents with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary, and should be committed to equal opportunities.

Duties: The main duties and responsibilities of the post will include:

Support to young people & families:

1. Provision of direct, short term evidence based therapeutic interventions to children, young people and families. This may be for those children and young people who have more complex or unidentified needs than trainee or newly qualified EMHPs can support.

2. Delivery of group interventions where appropriate

3. Providing support to parents and families referred into the service, including the provision of advice/strategies/resources, and signposting information.

4. To support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices.

5. Promotion and delivery of the Silvercloud CBT digital therapy programme for young people and parents/carers.

EHMP Support/Supervision:

6. Contribute to the support of trainee and newly qualified Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) within the team, through observations, modelling, co-facilitation, training, and ongoing support

7. Provide high quality clinical supervision to a small number of EMHPs (if eligible)

8. Completion of any relevant EMHP low intensity supervision training (if eligible)

School support:

9. Promote the mental and emotional health of children and young people in education settings, through development of a whole school/college approach to mental health

Service:

10. Support the development and use of evidence-based resources for use in MHST schools

11. Attend multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings relating to children and young people receiving interventions as necessary.

12. Liaising with Open Minds (CAMHS) and other professionals, including Northpoints Single Point of Access (known as the First Point of Contact) in order to support effective joint working, information sharing and rapid onward referrals to appropriate agencies.

Other:

13. Building and maintaining good, effective working relationships with community partners and stakeholders

14. Taking a pro-active approach to ensuring safeguarding concerns are managed and raised appropriately

15. Ensuring that all casework records are kept confidentially and in line with Northpoints policies & procedures, including the Iaptus patient management systems

16. To use appropriate outcome measure and client satisfaction evaluation forms to evaluate the impact of intervention and team performance

17. 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).

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Recognised CYP IAPT Low Intensity Qualification to work
  • as a Children & Young People Wellbeing Practitioner or
  • an Education Mental Health Practitioner Qualification
  • (only candidates with one of these qualifications are eligible to apply)

Desirable

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

Skills and Knowledge

Essential

  • Must demonstrate 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

Desirable

  • Ability to meet the competencies identified as a pre-requisite for EMHP Supervision Course Sheffield Uni EMHP supervisor training
  • https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/clinicalpsychology/programmes/supervision-courses/emhp-supervisor-course )
  • or a likelihood of meeting this criteria within 12 months
  • 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.

Personal Attributes

Essential

  • 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 Sheffield (this may be in early 2022 or within 12 months)
  • 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 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

Desirable

  • Ability to mediate successfully/resolve conflict situations

Experience

Essential

  • At least 1 year post-qualification experience working as a CWYP or an EMHP with children and young people with mental health difficulties and their families (i.e. qualified in Jan 2021 or sooner)
  • Experience of delivering interventions in education settings
  • Experience of delivering CBT informed practice
  • Experience of multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of monitoring performance & outcomes

Desirable

  • Experience of delivering supervision (ideally CBT informed supervision)
  • Experience of supporting whole school approaches to mental health in education settings.

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

Address

9 Clare Road

Halifax

West Yorkshire

HX1 2HX


Employer's website

https://northpoint.org.uk (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

03 November 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£26,920 to £33,650 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working, Compressed hours

Reference number

B0173-21-7621

Job locations

9 Clare Road

Halifax

West Yorkshire

HX1 2HX


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