School Therapist Roles - Various Opportunities
Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd
The closing date is 17 August 2022
This is an exciting opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and families. We are currently recruiting a number of School Therapist roles to join an established team and work within Leeds Schools in Clusters across the city.
The therapists will deliver one-to-one short-term therapeutic interventions to primary and secondary school children referred through the clusters.
The exact nature of the therapeutic work will depend on the presenting issues and on the theoretical orientation of the post-holder. Work will normally last for 6 to 8 weekly sessions, but may be extended depending on factors such as the degree of engagement/clinical need/likelihood of CAMHS involvement etc. Any group interventions would also be consistent with the above approaches.
Main duties of the job
The duties and responsibilities of the post will include:
1. Delivery of the therapeutic service in the cluster, working with colleagues to promote the service, liaising with school staff and other stakeholders.
2. Building and maintaining good, effective working relationships with management teams and pastoral staff in the schools and venues.
3. Liaising with cluster and school staff on referrals, assessing and determining the need for intervention with children and families referred.
4. Holding a caseload of children and young people (aged 5 to 19) and parents/carers at any one time.
5. Holding a caseload of referrals and gathering information to allow accurate assessment and formulation of emotional and mental health needs for children and young people.
6. Delivery of short-term (normally 6 to 8 sessions), evidence-based individual interventions in various school settings, to children who are referred through the cluster, and where consent and motivation criteria are met.
7. Offering consultation and advice to school staff, cluster and other professionals as and when appropriate.
Northpoint Wellbeing is a charity which 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.
Our mission is to improve access to a range of talking therapies, in a timely manner, for everyone.
Our vision is to provide therapeutic & preventative services, which help people experiencing emotional distress to make changes in their life, to as wide a group of people as possible. Our values are to be client-focused, committed, responsive, and supportive
We deliver services which help people to: better understand the issues they are experiencing and consider choices and solutions open to them take steps towards making changes.
Job title: School Therapist – Various Clusters
Contract: Permanent contract
Salary: £26,920 – £33,650 pro rata
Pension: Eligible employees will be auto-enrolled in a defined contribution scheme
Hours and days: Varies, dependent on role applied for: between 14 hours and 35 hours. Roles are funded by the Leeds CCG and some roles are also part-funded by the cluster/schools.
Holidays: 28 days annual leave per year plus statutory holidays pro rata and up to 3 discretionary leave days at Christmas. Leave to be taken during school holidays.
Location: Working across various schools within the cluster.
It is envisaged that desk/office space will be made available within the clusters. Therapeutic work will normally take place within schools and community venues.
Accountability and reporting: The post-holder is ultimately accountable to the Board of Northpoint, through the Director of Northpoint. The post-holder will be line-managed by Northpoint’s School Services Manager. Direction on a day-to-day basis will be provided by the Cluster Leader, or other named person.
Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate: Due to the nature of the work this post will be subject to an enhanced DBS 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.
Approach/Interventions: The therapist will deliver one-to-one short-term therapeutic interventions to primary and secondary school children referred through the cluster.
The exact nature of the therapeutic work will depend on the presenting issues, and on the theoretical orientation of the post-holder. Work will normally last for 6-8 weekly sessions, but may be extended depending on factors such as the degree of engagement/clinical need/likelihood of CAMHS involvement etc. Any group interventions would also be consistent with the above approaches.
The approach used by the therapist should be consistent with the following:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework, and specifically BACP’s Good Practice Guidance for Counselling in Schools
Professional requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (if registered)
Evidence base contained within the Department for Education guidance “Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future”
The focus will be on referrals from identified priority groups where consent and motivation criteria are met (including looked-after children, potentially NEET at 16, poor attendees, vulnerable boys, those experiencing bullying, young carers, those affected by loss/bereavement/parental separation, children who are anxious/depressed, those displaying behaviour management problems/conduct disorder, those experiencing deprivation, asylum seekers, refugees, etc).
A limited amount of work with adults (parents and carers) may be required within the role and the therapist will be able to refer parents (if need be) to other services within the area, including Northpoint’s other provision.
The caseload will be dependent on a number of factors and will vary dependent on the number of hours worked. It is envisaged that a therapist working 5 days (35 hours) would normally hold a caseload of 17/18 clients who are seen weekly. The exact size of the caseload may vary and will be dependent on the nature of the work and other factors including the number of venues, travel time and room availability.
The duties and responsibilities of the post will include:
Delivery of the therapeutic service in the cluster, working with colleagues to promote the service, liaising with school staff and other stakeholders.
Building and maintaining good, effective working relationships with management teams and pastoral staff in the schools and venues.
Liaising with cluster and school staff on referrals, assessing and determining the need for intervention with children and families referred.
Holding a caseload of children and young people (aged 5 to 19) and parents/carers at any one time.
Holding a caseload of referrals and gathering information to allow accurate assessment and formulation of emotional and mental health needs for children and young people.
Delivery of short-term (normally 6 to 8 sessions), evidence-based individual interventions in various school settings, to children and families who are referred through the cluster, and where consent and motivation criteria are met.
Delivery of group interventions where appropriate.
With a developed understanding of local services, assisting the cluster team to establish the most appropriate cluster practitioner to work with specific referrals, or providing supporting information for onward referrals into specific CAMHS pathways.
Offering consultation and advice to school staff, cluster and other professionals as and when appropriate.
Working peripatetically across schools in the cluster.
Providing clinical support, guidance and input to school and cluster-based staff.
Attending/contributing to referral and planning meetings with school and other staff.
Taking a proactive approach to ensuring safeguarding concerns are raised appropriately, and contributing to EHCP/safeguarding processes.
Ensuring that all records are kept confidentially, in line with Northpoint’s procedures.
Working with other professionals to ensure therapeutic input is appropriate to the needs of the client group, and that all therapeutic services follow the evidence base.
Communicating with parents/families in line with Northpoint guidance.
Any other duties as required by the evolving nature of the project (primarily keeping integrated case management information in line with other project members, undertaking relevant assessments, completing monitoring and evaluation reports, and attending team meetings and other forums).
Northpoint will provide regular line-management supervision and the post-holder will take day-to-day direction from the Cluster Lead or nominated staff as appropriate.
Northpoint will provide an appropriate level of clinical supervision (within work time) or will pay for an agreed supervisor to provide supervision.
Peer support and CPD workshops are provided (occasionally on Saturdays).
A joint induction will be carried out by Northpoint and the cluster. As part of the Northpoint induction, an online handbook which provides policy and guidance documents will be available electronically on the Northpoint intranet.
Work will be provided across different locations within the cluster in appropriate therapeutic spaces.
Travel expenses will be provided at the standard Northpoint rate.
Staff are expected to participate in service promotion. This may involve their name and identifying details, including photographs, being included in promotional material.
Additional expenses will be claimed through Northpoint as agreed.
Northpoint will supply a mobile phone for work purposes.
It is envisaged that access to a computer which is linked to the cluster or school network and configured to LCC/school/cluster security standards will be provided by each cluster.
All employees must be familiar with and adhere to Northpoint’s operational policies, service protocols, and practice guidelines as required, taking account of any relevant partner protocols and procedures.
All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both clients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (2018) and Security and Confidentiality policies.
All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and for the health and safety of colleagues, clients and the general public.
All employees will undertake statutory and mandatory training as deemed appropriate and have a willingness and commitment to professional development .
Northpoint Wellbeing is committed to ensuring that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital status, gender reassignment or pregnancy/maternity. We fully support the right of all staff to equal opportunities and are committed to the development of a diverse workforce. All employees are expected to be familiar with and adhere to Northpoint’s Equal Opportunities policy.
All employees will adhere to Northpoint Wellbeing safeguarding procedures.
It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their professional position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business, or for other interests, in the course of their official duties.
This job description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may be reviewed in conjunction with the post-holder in light of service development.
Please note interviews will be held in person on Thursday 25th August.
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.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).