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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/83177/15250
  • Published: Mon 19/07/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 08/08/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £37,127 - £38,612 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: TN37 6LW

Job introduction

Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Fixed term for: 12 months from start date

Closing date: Sunday 08 August 2021
Interview date: Thursday 12 August 2021

For an informal discussion, please contact Fiona Skinner - Clinical Manager on 07895 213 951 or fiona.skinner@eastsussex.gov.uk or Lucy Hill - Whole School Approach Manager on 07895 213 953 or lucy.hill@eastsussex.gov.uk

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a developing team in East Sussex where the mental health needs of children and young people are at the centre of our service .

The Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are 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 in response to the government’s Green Paper for Young People’s Mental Health.

MHSTs will serve clusters of schools, providing high quality and responsive mental health services to children and young people and their parents/carers, in accordance with Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) principles.  They will also provide training and support to school staff, helping to embed whole-school approaches to mental health.

The Senior Mental Health Practitioner will focus on providing day to day clinical and supervisory support for the Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). The team will require development and there will be specific work to ensure robust integration across the schools’ pathway. The role will be working alongside community partners and developing relationships between the new MHST and educational settings.

The postholder is responsible for supporting the development of the MHSTs and embedding their services within educational settings across East Sussex. The postholder maintains a caseload, delivers group interventions and undertakes the role of support co-ordinator for children/young people with mild to moderate mental health problems in educational settings. They will work as an autonomous and accountable practitioner within a multidisciplinary team.  The Senior Mental Health Practitioner will also 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. 


·       Plan and organise work according to identified need, adapting flexibly when there are unpredictable interruptions to planned workload.

·       Demonstrate effective time management, planning and prioritising the assessment and treatment of individuals, activities and programmes, requiring formulation and adjustment of interventions.

·       Set professional standards and participate with auditing the effectiveness of services provided.

·       Work as a member of the integrated multiple professional team, participating constructively and attending clinical/departmental and team meetings and contributing positively to overall service development.

·       Develop and maintain joint working arrangements with colleagues from education, health and social care to promote the comprehensive delivery of services.

·       Undertake the supervision of EMHPs on placement and in post as agreed with the Team Manager and participate with the induction of new staff.

·       In accordance with local policy and procedure, maintain adequate and appropriate records and ensure secure storage of client notes.

·       In accordance with the local policy and procedure, utilise information technology available.

·       Provide statistical returns as required by the Team Manager.

·       Undertake any other duties commensurate with the post as directed by the relevant managers and as identified as service priority.

·       Respond appropriately to unpredictable elements of the workload, for example crisis intervention and involvement in the detention of service users under the Mental Health Act.


·       Work in partnership with education, health and social care colleagues adopting a multi-agency approach to support individuals.

·       Work integrally with CAMHS in developing the core offer for children, young people and families.

·       Support students on placement within the service as agreed with the Team Manager.

·       Work co-productively with schools, service users and their carer’s and families as appropriate.

·       Maintain awareness of current development in Children and Young Peoples practice, best practice, trends, issues and research in mental health, education and related topics in line with the directorate business plan by attending lectures, seminars as identified with Team Manager.

·       Contribute to and lead the development of clinical effectiveness and evidence based practice as they relate to Children and Young People.

Additional information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

Company information

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.


  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/83177/15250
  • Published: Mon 19/07/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 08/08/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £37,127 - £38,612 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: TN37 6LW