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Schools Trailblazer Programme – Clinical Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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NHS AfC: Band 8b
Part Time- 15 hours per week
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£49,242 - £59,964 pa pro rata
20/01/2019 23:59

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 in 25 new areas 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.

New Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) will support a population of more than 470,000 children and young people, who will be based in and near schools and colleges, with support starting in 2019. The first cohort of new staff (Education Mental Health Practitioners – EMHPs) are on track to begin their training at seven universities nationwide in January 2019.

There will be 25 trailblazer sites that will provide 59 MHSTs in this first wave. Kent CYPMHS is hosting two of these MHSTs, one in DGS and one in Swale. New EMHP staff are being trained at King’s College London.

Training of these new staff will begin in January 2019, and the expectation is that MHSTs will be fully operational by December 2019. Each designated MHST will support 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 teams will build on the support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector to treat those with mild to moderate mental health issues in school and will help children and young people with more severe needs to access the right support and provide a link to the NHS – in Kent this is CYPMHS.

The Department for Education will also fund training for senior mental health leads in schools and colleges – working to ensure a ‘whole school’ approach to mental health and wellbeing. These leads will work closely with the MHSTs to ensure children and young people get the right help as soon as possible.


EMHP Training

Our 8 new EMHPs will undertake certificate level training for 1 year, hosted by Kings College London (KCL). The EMHPs will be trained over the course of a year to offer brief, focused evidence- based interventions in the form of low intensity support and guided self-help to young people who demonstrate mild/moderate:


  • Anxiety (primary and secondary school age)
  • Low mood (adolescents)
  • Common behavioural difficulties (working with parents for under 8s)


During the first term, EMHPs will receive an initial three days a week of University led training, with a further two days a week allocated to start to work within our developing MHSTs under close supervision. During the second term, this reduces to one/two days a week University training, with three/four days for EMHPs to put their skills into practice, supported by local supervision and service leadership.


Supervision and Clinical Leadership

In order to properly support and lead the EMHP group we are seeking to recruit an EMHP Supervisor at Band 8a to provide intense supervision and support for the EMHPs within CYPMHS. This senior clinician would also work clinically within the MHSTs themselves and be very hands on working in schools and alongside the EMHPs.

In addition, we are seeking an overall Clinical Lead at Band 8b to provide additional supervision and clinical leadership across both teams. This senior clinician would work closely with the 8a post holder and with an operational manager.


Outcomes Monitoring

Part of this new supervisory and leadership role will be to support the EMHPs in their outcome monitoring. EMHPs are trained in a method of guided self-help for common mental health problems for children and young people and their parents. This approach uses evidence-based methods of intervention. Crucial to this approach is the need for the young person or parent to be able to track their progress against agreed goals. This is fundamental to the whole approach and contributes to the effectiveness of the intervention itself. Each session delivered by an EMHP involves inviting a young person to track progress by completing standard measures online so that this information can be scored and fed back to them in the session.


Who are we seeking?

We are looking to recruit experienced, enthusiastic senior clinicians who are passionate about the success of the Schools Trailblazer programme, delivering high quality and evidence based low-intensity interventions and ensuring that outcomes are captured and fed back into our clinical work.

Please note interviews will take place on Monday 28th January for this position.

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).

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Applicant requirements

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