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Supervising Practitioner – MHST

  • Service: Barnsley Mental Health Support Teams
  • Location: Barnsley South Yorkshire
  • Salary: £32,349 - £39,549 (p.a.)
  • Type: Full time (37 hours)
  • Ref: 03/22

Are you a Mental Health professional with experience of working therapeutically with children and young people who are experiencing mental health or emotional distress who is passionate about empowering others to achieve their full potential?

Are you ready to be part of a trailblazer project that will transform early intervention in Children and Young People’s mental health services?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’, you might be just who we are looking for…

The Supervising Practitioner Opportunity

Barnsley Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) is currently recruiting to additional Supervising Practitioner roles to extend our range and reach across schools and education settings in Barnsley. The service ensures children, young people and families access the right help, at the right time, in the right setting. MHST’s remove duplication and avoid children, young people and families being ‘bounced’ in between services.

About Us

Compass has a successful track record in early intervention health and wellbeing services for children and young people. We use a wide range of creative and dynamic methods of engagement, including digital interventions, across community and educational settings.

Adopting a values-based approach is at the heart of what we do; through collaboration and coproduction with stakeholders our services continually evolve, directing resources based on evidenced need. We are incredibly excited and proud to be part of the MHST trailblazer project enabling us to develop innovative methods to make a real difference to the lives of young people in Barnsley.

The service supports CYP and families providing extra capacity for early intervention support within school and college settings in three core areas:

  • Providing evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing issues
  • Supporting designated senior mental health leads in each setting
  • Providing timely advice to school and college staff and parents as required

The Role and Person

You will be knowledgeable and experienced in mental health problems and psychiatric disorders within children and young people. You will have significant experience in completing comprehensive mental health assessments including risk assessments where required. Providing practice supervision and support within the MHST team, you will provide specialist care directly to children and young people and families as well as providing clinical and case supervision to Education Mental Health Practitioners and Trainees. Support, advice and consultation to families/carers and other professionals involved in the life of the child/young person will also form part of the role.

Applicants must have excellent communication skills and be able to network with other agencies such as Local Authority, NHS, Public Health, Education Staff, School Nursing, and CAMHS. Applicants must also have experience of providing clinical supervision or undertake additional training upon appointment. Candidates who do not currently hold the post-graduate certificate in supervision must be willing to undertake this as a condition of appointment.

This role is advertised on a full-time basis however flexible working and part-time hours would be considered.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or would like to arrange an informal chat, please email:

The Benefits

In return, we offer a range of benefits including:    

  • Generous annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme and OH Service
  • Excellent Learning & Development opportunities and career progression
  • Generous Contributory Pension Scheme (14.3% employer contribution)
  • Life assurance

To apply, please complete parts 1 & 2 of our application form. We would be grateful if you could also complete our equality monitoring form.

Closing Date: 30th January 2022

Interview Date: 8th February 2022

Compass is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and you should share our commitment. All Compass posts are subject to appropriate level DBS checks. We value diversity at Compass and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Established for over 30 years, Compass is a national charity which works in communities across the UK providing services spanning substance misuse treatment and rehabilitation, early interventions for vulnerable young people, school aged health programmes and associated prevention as well as treatment and health promotion initiatives.

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