Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) are an exciting new initiative and an important strand of the Government's 2017 Green Paper 'Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision'.
Across three core functions we fulfil the delivery of evidence-based interventions in schools for mild to moderate mental health issues. We support Senior mental health leads in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school or college approach. We also provide advice to school and college staff, liaise with external specialist services, to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.
For more information, please visit our dedicated website.
About The Job
Salary: £25,991- £28,672
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: 12 month - Fixed Term Contract
Interview Date: w/c 19 April 2021 (Microsoft Teams)
Here at West Sussex County Council, what we do changes lives.
The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) are looking for an innovative and enthusiastic person who has a genuine interest in working with children and young people who are experiencing mental health problems.
Working within an Education setting and the Community you will deliver a wide range of evidence informed interventions and undertake mental health assessments and interventions based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model. You will work directly with children and young people of primary and secondary school age and in some cases their parents and carers. You will support, plan and implement MHST work to develop and deliver whole school approaches to emotional wellbeing and mental health.
You will work with integrity, openness and awareness to others with strong interpersonal skills. You will possess excellent communication and organisational skills and be committed to providing a high-quality service to children.
Due to the nature of the work we provide and support, the role will require flexibility with travel to various schools and the ability to work from home during the current working regulations.
Experience and Skills
- Ability to carry out 1:1 therapeutic mental health assessment and interventions with children and young people and/or their families.
- Ability to assess risk and to record and communicate it appropriately and take necessary actions.
- Ability to work in a number of different ways with a range of professionals and other adults including teachers, parents/carers, social workers and other mental health professionals in the best interests of the child.
- Ability to effectively manage a caseload, which may be sensitive, traumatic or potentially emotionally distressing.
- Ability to positively make use of clinical and peer group support supervision.
- Ability to complete and maintain data recording and paperwork appropriate to the work undertaken.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Relevant qualification, for example, Post Graduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP), Post Graduate Certificate in Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) or Post Graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions (LIPI).
- Relevant theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge across the specialist area.
- Evidence of delivering an effective and efficient professional service to a range of customers.
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to 26 days annual leave + bank holidays, flexible working and a generous pension scheme.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE02965 .
For an informal conversation or for further information regarding the role, please contact Jonny Welch - Team Leader, MHST at . For issues or queries regarding your application please contact .
To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again. If you are unable to see the attached job description, please contact the Recruitment team at the above email address.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check.