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Senior Clinican and Supervisor
Band 7
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
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Stapleford House, Chelmsford
£37,570 - £43,772 per annum pro rata
30/09/2020 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Clinician and Supervisor

Band 7

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

The NHS is now working with schools and colleges across England to provide expert mental health support for up to half a million pupils a year – part of the Government’s ambitious plans to transform children and young people’s mental health through the NHS Long-Term Plan. 

Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) will support children and young people, who will be based in and near schools and colleges. Each designated MHST supports a population of up to 8,000 children and young people and will be responsible for a cluster of around 20 schools and colleges each. The MHST will be delivering approximately 500 interventions across the 8000 population. 

Essex EWMHS within NELFT already hosts three MHSTs in Southend, Thurrock and Chelmsford (Wave 1 teams). Each team is made up of 4 x Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPS) who are trained to deliver low to moderate level cognitive behavioural interventions to children, parents and young people in schools and colleges. They are supported by Senior Mental Health Practitioners, who take a lead in fostering whole school approaches to mental health provision and Senior Clinical Supervisors/Clinicians.

NELFT have been successful in winning bids for a further three teams in Essex, which will be located in Basildon, Braintree and Maldon - taking the total number of MHSTs in Essex to 6. 

Job Role

The MHST senior clinician / supervisor will be responsible for the caseload management & supervision of EMHPs in the Essex MHSTs. The post holders will also be responsible for working directly with schools and being the main point of contact for the MSHT with schools. The post holder will support EMHPs in delivering high-quality CBT interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties in and around schools. The training, supervision and service experience from the post-holder will equip the EMHPs with the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

The post-holder will be responsible for liaising directly with schools, developing and co-producing materials for delivery/presentation in schools, and supporting the development and embedding of the MHSTs in schools.  In addition to this, the post-holder will have a small caseload and be actively involved in delivering universal and targeted group interventions in schools. These interventions will be CBT based, with  the post holder required to have experience at delivering individual and group CBT interventions to children, young people and parents.

The post holder will work under the supervision of the Clinical & Strategic Lead and join an established team of senior clinical supervisors and mental health practitioners. The will work with and support other senior colleagues in supervising the EMHPs and developing the MHSTs to facilitate wider service transformation within the local child mental health system – this will be done in conjunction with and local service leads and managers.

The NHS team uses a blend of face to face interventions along with online/digital support as part of what is offered (e.g. support via video and telephone calls). The post holder will be expected to travel throughout their employment to offer support into a variety of education settings. As travel between multiple education settings is essential to the role, access to a car is desirable.

Supervisor Training

The post holder will be required to complete supervisor training at The University of Reading, which will be delivered via (CYP-IAPT supervision PGCert). The training programme for these posts starts in January 2021. It is 12 months in duration and will consist of academic and supervised practice learning, with teaching delivered remotely via video calling. The aim of the training is to:

  • Introduce the EMHP training programme
  • Develop supervisor skills in broadening trainee therapists understanding of psychological theory directly relevant to EMHPs psychological knowledge in the context of working with children, young people, parents and families, and service-related issues in CAMHS/EWMHS.
  • Equip supervisor trainees with the knowledge of how to guide trainee therapists in the core processes of the EMHPs course.
  • Enable supervisor trainees to understand and develop skills in providing direct modality-specific supervision to trainee therapists.

This training is included as part of the post and the post holder will be supported to complete this training by the service and NELFT as part of their job requirements.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website.  If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust.  All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes.  The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Sally Robinson
Job title
Clinical & Strategic Lead MHST Essex
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07976 735417
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