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Senior Mental Health Practitioner

  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Number of positions
  • 4
  • Location
  • Eastbourne, Hastings
  • Salary
  • £41,626 - £43,138 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 28/04/2024
  • Department
  • Children Services
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Full Time
  • Hours
  • 37
  • Job type
  • Education and Learning
  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/1119/40039
  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/1119/40039
  • Number of positions
  • 4
  • Location
  • Eastbourne, Hastings
  • Salary
  • £41,626 - £43,138 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 28/04/2024
  • Organisation
  • East Sussex County Council
  • Department
  • Children Services
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Full Time
  • Hours
  • 37
  • Job type
  • Education and Learning

 

Have you got experience of working with children and young people and want to move into a rewarding career in mental health?

We have an opportunity for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner (SMHP) to join the 'Me & My Mind' Mental Health Support Team.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is recruiting Senior Mental Health Practitioner's (SMHP) to join our existing Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in Hasting's and Eastbourne and two to join a new team in Eastbourne. 

The MHS teams deliver evidence-based interventions based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic (CBT) approach in schools.  We work directly with children and young people aged 7-17 with mild to moderate mental health issues, and their parents and carers.  We also work with schools to develop or enhance their whole-school approach to emotional health and wellbeing and mental health. As a Senior Mental Health Practitioner (SMHP), you will be working as part of a dynamic integrated mental health team. This approach requires creativity, flexibility, and adaptability, and above all a passion for working with children and young people in educational settings. You will receive clinical supervision to support your interventions and have the opportunity to develop your practice.

The Senior Mental Health Practitioner will focus on providing day to day clinical and supervisory support for the Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), maintain a caseload and deliver group interventions. The post-holder will also provide training and support to school staff, helping to embed whole-school approaches to mental health.
The role will be working alongside community partners and developing relationships between the new MHST and educational settings and the post-holder will be responsible for supporting the development of the MHSTs and embedding their services within educational settings across Hastings.

We are looking for candidates who 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.
•    A qualification in leadership or supervision, or a willingness to commence if successful.
•    Registration with a relevant Professional body.
•    A full driving licence.

Your office base will be either St Mary’s in Eastbourne or Cavendish House in Hastings.

To apply for this role please upload a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the essential and desirable criteria as set out in the attached job description and person specification. You may wish to draw on any relevant work/life experience, education or personal interests.

Interviews will be held in person at County Hall, Lewes, BN7 1UE on 08 May 2024.

Please contact Fiona Skinner 07895213951 or Lucy Hill 07895 213953 or email MHST.Info@eastsussex.gov.uk for any questions about the post or if you wish to arrange an informal discussion.

We offer a diverse range of benefits to help and support you during your employment. More information can be found on our benefits page.

For work that makes a difference... 

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 sponsorship to work in the UK please let the hiring manager know this in your application so we can check eligibility for sponsorship for the role.

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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