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Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Special Schools

Hours of work: 37 per week
Working pattern: Full-time

Closing date: Sunday 02 October 2022

We encourage you to call if you have any questions about the role or would like to see if your experience is suitable, please contact Lucy Hill - MHST Manager, Whole School Approach on 07895 213953 or email mhst.info@eastsussex.gov.uk 

The Senior Mental Health Practitioner - Special Schools role is an exciting opportunity to join Me & My Mind, Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) to support children and young people in special schools with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. We are a preventative service who provide interventions for mild to moderate mental health problems on a one to one and group basis. The service also supports schools to develop and implement plans for creating mentally healthy school environments that promote the prevention of mental health problems, identification of need, access to available services and challenge stigma.

We welcome applications from people who are passionate about working closely with children and young people in schools to help them to improve their mental heath and wellbeing and wish to be part of an innovative service that is continuing to develop mental health support for children and young people with SEND in all schools that host a MHST. 

In this role, you will have a manageable caseload of up to 4 children and young people a day for three days of the week. The role is countywide but you would be primarily working in schools in the Hastings area. The role will work closely with the equivalent role in the west of the county to support the whole team with SEND focused work and plan for the best approaches to supporting children and young people with SEND in mainstream and special schools.  

This role is supported with training, high quality clinical supervision and a team with a range of skills and knowledge to share. 

The role will be based within ESCC Children’s Services and the post holder will be expected to work across a range of schools, alongside community partners and other services in Hastings.

You will need to have:

  • A core professional qualification relevant to mental health e.g. Nursing with specialism in mental health or Learning Disability nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Educational Psychology, Counselling or Psychotherapy, Play Therapy, CBT practitioner, Drama therapists etc.
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Registration with a relevant professional body.

You maybe also be eligible for a funded place on September 23/24 Supervision of Therapeutic Practice course with the University of Sussex,  depending on your mental health qualification. Information about the course and eligibility criteria is here: Supervision of Therapeutic Practice PGCert (2022) : University of Sussex

More information about our service can be viewed here via the following links:

YouTube - https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/playlist?list=PLHp8vwKUL3bg074soyUvY6QjzfBbBlvXj

Czone - Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) - Czone (eastsussex.gov.uk)

The MHSTs are located in The Havens (the coastal strip comprising the Newhaven, Peacehaven area), South Downs (including Eastbourne, Hailsham & Seaford), Bexhill and Rother, and Hastings and support a number of schools in each area.

The successful postholder will be based in Ocean’s House, Hastings and will be expected to support children in MHST schools across East Sussex if needed.

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.

If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.

Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.

Equal Opportunities

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.

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  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/193110/27125

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Countywide

  • Salary
  • £40,800 - £43,874 per annum

  • Closing date
  • 02/10/2022

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council

  • Department
  • Children Services

  • Contract type
  • Permanent

  • Work pattern
  • Full Time

  • Hours
  • 37

  • Job type
  • Education and Learning