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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

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

Closing date: Sunday 2 October 2022

For an informal discussion, please contact  Kalpana Dorlikar - MHST Manager Clinical Practice on 07821 300878.

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

MHSTs will serve clusters of schools, providing a 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 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 Hastings. The postholder maintains a caseload, delivers group interventions and screens/co-ordinates allocations.

You will need to have:

  • A core professional qualification relevant to mental health e.g. CBT, Counselling, Play Therapy, Nursing with specialism in mental health or learning disability nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Educational Psychology.
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Qualification in leadership or supervision, or willingness to commence if successful
  • Registration with a relevant Professional body.


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/193110/27286

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Hastings

  • Salary
  • £37,776 - £39,288 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