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Mental Health Practitioner - Mental Health in Schools

Band 6

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Family Care
Band 6
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week
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Across East Lancashire Sites
Across East Lancashire Sites
£30,401 to £37,267 per annum
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At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.





Mental Health Practitioner

Mental Health in Schools Team


Band 6




Recently rated outstanding by the CQC, ELCAS are excited to be recruiting supervising practitioners for the new Mental Health in Schools Support Teams in Blackburn With Darwen  which will commence in January 2020.     The Mental Health Support Teams are part of an exciting trailblazer project funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community.


There is a specific focus on developing more access to helping and improving the general culture of emotional support within all secondary and special schools in Blackburn with Darwen.  Working alongside community partners the Mental Health Support Teams will be integrated with community ELCAS team and based in secondary educational settings within the borough..


The supervising practitioner role for MHST will be to support the delivery of all interventions provided by the Education  Mental Health Practitioners, ensuring that a wide range of evidence based interventions are used to support young people’s mental health and to ensure integration within  is seamless and transparent. You will actively supervise the trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners as well as delivering short term evidence based interventions within the schools setting.


We seeking to appoint enthusiastic and dynamic supervising practitioners who are passionate about children’s mental health, with a demonstrable track record of CAMHS clinical and supervisory experience.   You will have experience of supervising clinicians and will be a CAMHS/IAPT professional registered with a professional body such as the NMC or HCPC.


The successful candidates must be willing to undertake Postgraduate Certificate in Children & Young People's IAPT Supervision but training may be available for the right candidates.   The training will commence in January 2020.


At ELCAS (East Lancashire Child and Adolescent Services) our vision is to be a centre of excellence providing high quality Child and Adolescent psychological and mental health services that exceed people’s expectations.   This vision is being delivered.    We have been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Quality Network for Community CAMHS (QNCC) since 2016.   In February 2019 the CQC rated us as Outstanding in providing Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-led services – rating us as Outstanding overall.


Dear Potential Applicant,


It is important you are made aware of the changes which East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has implemented with regard to charging for the cost of undertaking Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) Checks (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) and how this may impact upon you.


As this position is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and involves work that is identified as a regulated activity as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006), any offer of employment is provisional upon a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

The cost of an Enhanced Disclosure will be £48.00, which includes a small handling fee.


In line with other NHS organisations in the North West Region, the Trust is now passing the charge for undertaking a DBS check on to candidates in the event they are successfully appointed into the post for which they have applied.  Candidates can choose whether to pay this over 1-3 months as a deduction from the monthly salary.  However, if you are applying for a post as a BANK worker, the payment must be made in full at the time of employment checks. By applying for this vacancy you are agreeing to this undertaking in the event you are successfully appointed.

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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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