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£25,655 – £31,534 a year

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PALMS is expanding again and we are seeking to appoint a motivated, committed, flexible and forward thinking Qualified EMHP (Educational Mental Health Practitioner) or CWP (Child wellbeing practitioner) to work in our MHST team, who is committed to supporting Children and Young People (CYP) and their families across Hertfordshire.

This is a really exciting opportunity to take your EMHP or CWP training and build the MHST offering to children, families and schools who can have a great need for mental health support, whilst working very creatively with the training to meet the children’s additional needs and support the schools.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Must have some SEN experience
  • Creative and flexible in their approach
  • Have a good understanding of children with additional needs learning styles, and how to adapt practice to support children and their families
  • Able to work and build relationships with a wide variety of professionals, schools, and families
  • Be able to deliver evidence-based interventions for children and young people in education settings
  • Have a good understanding of risk assessing and seek support from supervisor to manage risk
  • Be willing and able to participate fully in supervision
  • Flexible in their approach and have resilience under pressure
  • Able to work both in a team environment and autonomously
  • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working in settings where there is a highly emotive atmosphere.

The Mental Health Support Team is a National trailblazer scheme offering early intervention mental health support, to children and their families, within schools. The Sen’s MHST is the only MHST within the country, to offer support to SEN schools we are hosted by Palms and work within Hertfordshire and West Essex.

We currently work in 14 SEN schools offering tailored support to children with additional needs, learning disabilities, and Autistic Spectrum Disorder aged 5-18. We offer group work, individual interventions with child or family, and support the school to develop their whole school approach to overall wellbeing. As the only SEN’s MHST in the country we are also paving the way, and supporting other teams to develop their wellbeing services, for children with additional needs.

PALMS is a friendly, cohesive, and proactive team who value feedback. We empower all team members to contribute to the continuous development of the service and welcome innovation and change. We have continued to support CYP and their families through the COVID19 pandemic embracing virtual working and being creative in using video conferencing to undertake all our interventions.

Virtual working offers flexibility to both team members and families and is now embedded in the PALMS team.

You will be working in a variety of school environments across Hertfordshire and West Essex, combined with being part of a “virtual team” to deliver our service. We operate from 7-7 Monday to Friday.
The post is Fixed Term until 2023 with high potential of extension, and full time; however, PALMS are open to flexible working and therefore part time / job share would be considered, working a minimum of 0.6 WTE.
A full valid driving license and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

We can offer you:

  • Regular clinical and professional supervision
  • Regular appraisal, personal development planning and opportunities for continuing professional development. This includes specific support with regards to fulfilling the MHST role such as co-facilitating workshops.
  • Regular opportunities to meet as a team
  • Regular CPD and Peer Reflection
  • Opportunities to work closely with a multi-disciplinary team including from Palms and Crisis service, learning from other evidence-based frameworks and approaches.
  • Involvement in service development
  • Opportunities to provide line management and clinical supervision to other members of the MHST team

Closing date for applications will be midnight on 17th July 2022 with interviews running on 28th July 2022 Interviews will be run using MS Teams and full details and instructions will be provided to successful candidates.