West London NHS Trust - CAMHS Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Lead

CAMHS Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Lead 

(CAMHS Core professions such as CBT practitioner, clinical/ counselling psychologist, family systemic psychotherapist, CAMHS Mental Health nurse, CAMHS Occupational therapist, child psychotherapist or CAMHS social worker)

West London NHS Trust provides physical and mental health care to people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow. Our services include community-based integrated care for people with long-term conditions, public health programmes for children and adults, smoking cessation and a full range of mental healthcare in the community, in hospital and secure settings in west London and at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire. We positively welcome applications from people who represent diverse communities and those with a lived experience of either mental health conditions or learning disabilities.

West London NHS Trust is committed to eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Department: Hounslow CAMHS Mental Health Support Team

Band: 8a (Permanent) 0.5 – 1.0 WTE

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced clinical manager to lead two of the three Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in Hounslow. Applications are welcome from candidates seeking part-time or full-time hours between 0.5-1.0 WTE.

We would like to hear from confident CAMHS professionals with significant experience of day to day operational leadership, and offering supervision and line management to clinicians. It is essential you hold a relevant clinical qualification and have previous experience of working in a specialist or early help CAMHS team; experience of working in an educational setting would be a bonus. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality and responsive CAMHS service, including implementation and review of systems, policies, standards and procedures within frameworks agreed by the Trust, partner agencies and commissioners. 

It will be a challenging, but rewarding role and we believe it will provide a talented and ambitious manager with real scope to develop and influence practice. If you are interested in partnership working (notably with schools) and want to help shape new models of evidence-based support to promote the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, this job could be for you!

You will be joining a dynamic and rapidly growing new workforce in West London NHS Trust Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Mental Health Support Teams are part of a service transformation programme delivered by Health Education England and partners; Hounslow was one of the initial trailblazing sites and has had Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs and EWPs) working in schools for over two years with great success. Hundreds of children and young people have accessed guided self- help and group work support, with very encouraging feedback and clinical outcomes. The community served is multi-ethnic and culturally diverse and we welcome applicants who are skilled at working with the richness of this multicultural context.

This is a specialist mental health practitioner post, but the successful applicant will be supported to maintain their professional registration and will have access to support/supervision from colleagues from within their discipline, if applicable. We offer high quality supervision, with excellent CPD and career development opportunities.

The post holder will work alongside the Team Leads for Hounslow Central, East and West areas and work closely with the Team Managers on service wide projects. The role requires travel to partner schools and Trust sites. In line with the Trust’s Agile Working Policy, the team are currently taking a blended approach by working remotely and face to face, as required.

For full details about this Band 8a MHST Lead role, please see the job description and person specification at the link below. If you wish to discuss this role, please contact Claire Edwards

claire.edwards@westlondon.nhs.uk (07548 141673) or Hully Wolderufael hully.wolderufael@westlondon.nhs.uk (07511048329) Team Managers.


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Closing Date: 4 December 2022

Interview date: 13 December 2022

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications.

We will be requesting references. Please ensure you include email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

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