The Mental Health in Schools Support Teams project is the new initiative funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, with aims of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. MHST’s offer low-intensity cognitive behaviour interventions to children, young people and their families with low-moderate mental health difficulties. The interventions will be (mostly) delivered in a range of education settings for children aged 5 – 18 years old.
AWP are working in partnership with Off the Record (OTR) to co-deliver this model in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area with the workforce being employed equally across both organisations. We have three teams already and are pleased to be in the position to recruit a further three more teams to cover North Somerset and North Bristol.
This role will have three key functions:
We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.
At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.
The post holder will work in partnership with schools to deliver a range of mental health interventions within school settings. This may involve group work or direct work with children/young people as well as offering specialist mental health-based consultation, and advice around mental health to teaching staff.
The post holder will be responsible to ensure the effective co-ordination of clinical care provided within schools including consideration to safeguarding and clinical risk issues where indicated
The post holder will work with teachers and school staff to identify children and young people with emerging mental health needs, as part of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing
The post holder will build relationships across services to ensure joint delivery of care
The post holder will contribute to the clinical leadership of the team, providing supervision and caseload management to the new EMHP trainees and will continue this provision once the EMHP trainees have successfully completed their training.
The post holder will use the acquired skills, knowledge and abilities to deliver a service based within educational settings that builds on and reinforces but does not replace those initiatives that already exist within these environments.
We will be looking for the following experience, skills and qualities in you:
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.