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Mental Health Clinician / Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist or Nurse
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Mental Health Clinician / Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist or Nurse
Salary - £36,711 - £39,774 (32-35) or £39,774-£42,684 (35-38)| Based in Twickenham | Fixed term - 1 Year | 36 Hours

There’s never been a better time to join Achieving for Children (AfC), we were awarded OUTSTANDING in our October 2019 Kingston Ofsted inspection.

If you have the skills that will enable us to continue to enhance our practice and improve outcomes for children further,  we want to hear from you. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who have the passion and the drive to make a positive difference to children’s lives. By recognising and championing strengths we know we can make a real difference. It’s a genuine team effort in AfC. That’s why we want talented people, like you, to join us and help create a brighter future for children and families.

About the role
We are looking for a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist or Clinical Nurse Specialist (equivalent to band 7 in NHS) to join our innovative and friendly Emotional Health Service in the newly established schools programme team.

This new post will sit within CAMHS Trailblazer Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) one for each team in Kingston and Richmond. Trailblazer teams have been in place since September 2019 and currently consists of four Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) and 1 Band 7 Mental Health Clinicians for each borough and a full time Clinical Supervisor working across both Kingston and Richmond. The MHST work within a cluster of primary and secondary schools with a combined total population of 8,000 pupils each. MHSTs work jointly with schools and cluster leads to implement a whole school approach to mental health across the cluster, informed by the needs outlined on the cluster action plan. In Kingston and Richmond this post holder will have a specific self-harm remit to work primarily with secondary schools and focus on both self-harming behaviour and related issues of depression and anxiety in young people.

As a Mental Health Clinician in our Schools Programme for Achieving for Children, you will be responsible for:
  • Undertaking specialist assessments and delivering high quality interventions to children and families.
  • Providing consultations and training to school staff
The post is full time and will involve working in schools across both boroughs with touch down office space in Twickenham, Kingston and Chessington. This post is for 1 year fixed term in the first instance, with a good possibility that it will be longer.

Working for Achieving for Children, you will have the opportunity to operate at the cutting edge of children’s services delivery. We are an award-winning social enterprise created by Kingston and Richmond Councils, and responsible for delivering the entirety of both boroughs’ children’s services.

We have been up and running for five years, and in that time we have established a reputation as one of the leading children’s services providers in the country. We are one of the Department for Education’s eight ‘Partners in Practice’, tasked with leading improvement across the sector.

About AfC
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by three local authorities (Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead), we offer the freedoms of a social enterprise with the employment benefits of local government. To find out more about us click here.

About you
To be a Mental Health Clinician at AfC, you will be passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people as well as demonstrating the following points:
  • Putting children and young people first
  • Be Qualified as a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist or Registered Mental Health Nurse with current registration
  • Able to provide consultation and training to a range of professionals on mental health
  • Have CAMHS experience in working with complex and vulnerable families
About our benefits
When you join AfC you will have access to:
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures. 
  • Positive work-life balance - Access to employee benefits and support forms part of our health and wellbeing offer.
  • A competitive salary and access to LA pension scheme - Our salaries are benchmarked against other local authorities.
  • A range of staff benefits and discounts managed via your own app - Staff can enjoy a wide range of discounts on sports and leisure activities and everyday shopping through AfC My Place.
  • Professional reflective supervision - Regular, high-quality reflective supervision which helps to build confidence is available to all. 
  • Strong Management - A strong performance management culture, with an equally strong focus on practice learning is embedded across the organisation.
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.
To find out about all of the breadth of benefits of working for Achieving for Children click here

Start dates
Achieving for Children have fixed start dates, candidates are advised to prepare for this should a job offer be accepted to ensure eligible continuous service is not affected.

To apply
If you would like more information about this role please see our role profile

If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Dr Jo Steer, Head of Service & Consultant Clinical Psychologist on or 02085476269 or Hully Wolderufael, Clinical Specialist Schools Programme on or 02088917858 to request an informal discussion. 

(COVID-19) - information for job applicants

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:
  • increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic·
  • the need to support more vigilant public health measures.
We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Achieving for Children is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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