Senior Child and Educational Psychologist for MHST
  • Employer: Brighter Futures for Children
  • Reference: BFC0215
  • Published: Tue 22/06/2021, 15:20 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/09/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £56,554 - £59, 646
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, Berkshire

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Senior Child and Educational Psychologist for MHST

Brighter Futures for Children

Mental Health Support Team

Full time, fixed term contract until August 2024 This may be extended, subject to funding review.

For salary, previous SPA points will be honoured

The role of the Senior Child and Educational Psychologist in Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is to take a lead responsibility for improving the quality of education and standards of attainment of pupils with social emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) and to contribute to the development of the MHST.

MHSTs are being set up as part of NHS England and the Department of Education’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper. These teams provide direct early intervention mental health support to schools, as well as driving systemic change and workforce development around emotional and mental health support. The outcomes of this project inform the ongoing delivery and innovation of mental health provision in schools.

You will:

  • Lead the Reading/BFFC Mental Health Support Team and provide appraisal, supervision and day-to-day management;
  • Contribute to the improvement of the MHST, by taking account of its performance against agreed targets, standards, service level agreements and national statistics;
  • Manage and report regularly on delegated budgets;
  • Help schools shape their development plans to cover target setting for improvements in pupil mental health and emotional wellbeing;
  • Manage and co-ordinate the allocation of work for EMHPs and the Outreach Worker
  • Contribute to whole school screening of emotional and mental health needs, and planning around individual, group and whole school approaches;
  • Coordinate the delivery of emotional/mental health support across the geographical area covered by the MHST;
  • Contribute to relevant training of Head Teachers, Teachers, SENCOs, Governors, etc. on relevant legislation, procedures and other relevant issues, organising and leading presentations and workshops as appropriate;
  • Complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision for Children & Young People’s Mental Health at the University of Reading


What you need for this role:

  • Post-graduate qualification in Educational Psychology, either Masters or Doctorate
  • Registration, or eligibility for registration, with the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
  • Experience of working as an Educational Psychologist with a local authority
  • Experience of working in a range of educational settings across the age range.
  • Experience of working with children and young people with SEMH needs and a commitment and passion to improving the mental health of children and young people
  • Knowledge, experience and/or qualifications in delivering cognitive behavioural therapy based approaches.

For an informal discussion, please contact Deb Hunter (PEP) on 07885 822486 or email

Closing date - 19/09/2021

Shortlisting - 22/09/2021

Interview - 28/09/2021



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