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Opportunities at Northpoint

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Northpoint seeking a new Chief Executive…

Our current CEO, Jon Davis, is stepping down after 16 years in the role and we are looking for a committed and pragmatic leader to consolidate recent growth while expanding the charity’s work still further.  We are at a good stage in our funding cycle, and our annual turnover is expected to be £6.5M in the coming 12 months. We have contracts in place for the medium-term and substantial reserves, and a strong reputation for service delivery.

We’re looking for a progressive leader with experience of running a similar-sized organisation or service portfolio, who can take our charity forward. Strategic in your outlook, you will bring the ability to translate vision into operational plans for service delivery. You will be commercially aware, and able to work with our managers to navigate the dynamic external landscape of NHS & Local Authority commissioning.  At the same, you’ll be able ensure our internal systems and processes are strengthened so that the therapeutic work we do is managed appropriately.

You’ll bring enthusiasm, energy, and resilience, along with empathy and sensitivity to the challenges of delivering mental health support to our communities. You’ll be imaginative in your approach, smart in your thinking, collaborative and inclusive in your leadership, and passionate about making the organisation stronger and more wide-reaching in its work.

If you are excited by the opportunity to join us, please download the application pack


Education Mental Health Practitioner – Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

The Calderdale Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is provided by Northpoint Wellbeing. It forms part of the government’s trailblazer project aiming to put new Mental Health Support Teams in education settings with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in response to the government’s Green Paper for Young People’s Mental Health. We have recently been successful in gaining funding to expand the team, and are now looking to recruit 4 Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs).

EMHPs play a vital role in the team, contributing to increasing and improving emotional wellbeing and mental health provision for Children, Young People, and their families within education settings across Calderdale.

The successful applicants will be enrolled on the HEE Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practice at Sheffield University. Through university learning and with support from the team you will:

  • Offer high quality early intervention support to children and young people and their families who are experiencing mental health / emotional wellbeing difficulties.
  • Develop relationships with education staff including the setting Mental Health Lead
  • Provide support to staff in education settings as part of the Whole Setting Approach offered by the team.
  • Work with multiple services on multiple sites; liaising with staff; helping to develop partnership working.
  • Engage children, young people and their families to help develop the service.

You will receive support and supervision from specialist supervisors, and will have an active caseload of children and young people with mild to moderate emotional and mental health difficulties who will be supported within named education settings in Calderdale. You will also be involved in delivering psychoeducation and training for a range of stakeholders, including children and young people, parents/carers and education staff, as well as being involved in supporting education setting to develop a whole school/ college approach to mental health.

We are looking for a dynamic and forward looking individuals who can help develop and sustain this flagship service.

Children and young people have told us they want to be supported by staff who can identify with them, who have empathetic skills, who listen, and who involve them in decisions about their care. Young people also felt the Open Minds Partnership workforce should be representative of the population they support. Therefore, we are particularly interested in hearing from candidates who will help to make the Mental Health Support Team representative of the Calderdale population[1] in terms of ethnicity, disability, sexuality, and lived experience (i.e. experience as service users).

You are required to already hold a degree level qualification to apply for this position. Please note that due to the academic requirements of the training involved in this role, you will also be required to complete an assessment during interview in order to qualify for the university course.

Salary: NHS Agenda for Change Band 4 (midpoint). Currently £24,882 + employer pension contribution. Progressing to Band 5 on successful completion of 1 year training course.

Closing date: 11.59 pm, 31st October.

Interview date: 17th and 18th November.

This post may be closed early due to high numbers of applicants.

If you would like an informal discussion regarding the roles please contact – Ian Wood, Service Manager Calderdale MHST:  Mobile: 07801 591674 email: ian.wood@calderdalemhst.org.uk

For further information, including details of how to apply please see the NHS Jobs website


Healthy Minds Mental Health Practitioner

This is an opportunity for a number of Mental Health Practitioners to join the expanding Healthy Minds service, working for GP Practices through their PCN (Primary Care Network) groups in Leeds, with support from Northpoint Wellbeing.

Salary/Pay Band: £25,655 – £31,534 WTE (Band 5 on NHS Agenda for Change).

Pension: Eligible employees will be auto-enrolled in a defined contribution scheme

Hours and days: Monday Friday 35 hours per week (1.0 WTE), or pro-rata hours from 14 hours per week (0.4 WTE). There will be a requirement to work until 8pm on one or two evenings a week (2pm-8pm)

Holidays: 28 day’s annual leave per year plus statutory holidays pro-rata and up to 3 discretionary leave days at Christmas.

Location: Predominantly working remotely (home based or equivalent) and with a small amount of activity within a surgery/s within one or more of the following PCN groups:

  • Crossgates
  • Woodsley and Holt Park
  • Chapeltown

Start-date: ASAP

For full info and to apply please see the NHS Jobs advert.


Clinician & Supervisor – Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

Calderdale Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is recruiting at least 2 qualified and experienced clinician & supervisors to join our expanding school-based mental health service. Each clinician and supervisor will be responsible for the low intensity clinical supervision of a small number of Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). This may include support to trainee EMHPS to help them complete their year 1 training programme which begins in February 2022 at Sheffield University.

The main areas of the job will include:

  1. Supporting school settings to develop their understanding of the MHST & EMHP role.
  2. Providing direct support to students, pupils and families at a higher level of need than EMHP support and/or working alongside EMHPs as necessary.
  3. Low intensity clinical supervision of EMHPs (if identified as meeting the requirements for EMHP low intensity supervision training)
  4. Completion of EMHP low intensity supervision training to become a low intensity supervisor (if required)
  5. Undertaking additional training as required as identified with Sheffield University
  6. Providing education staff consultation to develop in-school strategies to improve mental health, pupil management, and keeping pupils in school when at risk of exclusion/refusal.
  7. Supporting EHMP trainees to qualify through joint working, assessments, supervision
  8. Helping to develop the service in line with the principles of Thrive and emerging good practice (e.g. digital technology, CYP IAPT, evidence-based interventions)
  9. Helping to ensure the project meets national and local performance targets

*please note that candidates may need to complete a separate application and attend a separate interview with Sheffield University to ensure eligibility for the supervisor training course.

Key dates:
Closing date for applications – Sunday 24th October
Likely interview dates – w/c 1st November

For more information, and to apply see the NHS Jobs advert.


Deputy Manager  – Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

Northpoint Wellbeing are recruiting a Deputy Manager to work in Calderdale in the expanding Mental Health Support Team.

The MHST programme launched in 2020 as part of the national Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme and developed from the Government green paper on young people’s mental health.

The main focus of the postholder will be to support the Education Mental Health Practitioners who work in the MHST to provide low intensity evidence-based interventions to children, young people and parents/carers in education settings.

The role will consist of 4 main areas of responsibility:

  1. line management and co-ordination of Education Mental Health Practitioners (initially 12 staff)
  2. liaison with education settings and partner agencies
  3. co-ordinate staff working across multiple schools
  4. oversight and promotion of Silvercloud digital CBT support for young people & parents/carers

Closing date for applications – 10th October

For more information, and to apply see the NHS Jobs advert.

High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

We are recruiting experienced and newly qualified CBT Therapists to deliver evidence-based treatments to patients with common mental health problems within Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS).

LMWS is a Talking Therapy (IAPT) and Primary Care Mental Health service run in partnership by Northpoint Wellbeing and other NHS and voluntary sector organisations.

Our approach promotes personal responsibility for lifestyle choices and self–management of mental wellbeing. This has resulted in a highly accessible service.

You’ll deliver high intensity interventions and manage your own caseload, as part of a stepped care model within a multidisciplinary team. We offer a high standard of in-house clinical supervision, and many opportunities for career progression.

There are posts available with Northpoint, Leeds Community Healthcare, Community Links and Touchstone. Where possible we will accommodate preference regarding your employing organisation, subject to each partner’s respective vacancies.

You will hold a qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and have BABCP accreditation (or be eligible and working towards this). Alongside experience of working within mental health and a “stepped care” model of service delivery, you’ll have a proven ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients and working relationships with colleagues.

You will be a highly motivated, resilient and committed clinician who wants to develop your experience.

You will be comfortable offering treatment sessions via phone and video call, and face to face across the city where necessary.

We accept applications from people who are not yet qualified, but within 3 months of completing their qualification, and welcome applications from therapists dual trained in EMDR.

You will work with people of different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and be committed to equal opportunities. We are especially keen to receive applications from under represented communities.

Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS) is an exciting partnership-based service which combines the IAPT service model with a broader mental well-being support offer based in primary care settings. Staff here say that they feel well supported and that they enjoy working for the organisation.

Our people bring the LMWS vision to life. So, if you are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to support others to fulfilling their potential, here at the LMWS, we don’t just offer you a job – we offer you a career.

Key Information:
Salary: £40,056-45,838 – agenda for change band 7

Hours and days: Full-time and Part time (upwards of 0.6 wte)

Location: Job could be based at more than one location. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the service has followed a “Digital First” approach, and is providing face-to-face support in person only for those clients for whom digital and phone support is not appropriate. The role will involve delivery of both face-to-face and online/phone therapy, but at present the majority of the work is taking place remotely. This may be subject to review as Covid restrictions ease.

Closing date: 27th September 2021

For further information, including details of how to apply please see the NHS Jobs website

If you would like an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Darrin Thomson (07851256418) or Sally Davies (07803518418).


School Therapist – Otley, Pool & Bramhope Cluste

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established team in the Otley, Pool & Bramhope Cluster to provide therapeutic counselling and support the mental health and emotional wellbeing needs of the children and young people who attend the cluster schools.

We are looking for an experienced therapist who will be able to offer short term (6-8 sessions) therapeutic work for children and young people who attend the schools within the Otley Pool & Bramhope Cluster.

You will be delivering the therapeutic service in the cluster, working with colleagues to promote the service, liaising with school staff and other stakeholders.

It is envisaged that desk/office space will be made available within the cluster. Therapeutic work will normally take place within schools and community venues.

Accountability and reporting: The post-holder is ultimately accountable to the Board of Northpoint, through the Director of Northpoint. The post holder will be line-managed by Northpoints School Services Manager. Direction on a day-to-day basis will be provided by the Cluster Leader, or other named person.

Key Information:

Hours: 21 hours per week, term time only

Salary: £26,260 – £32,830 pro rata

Closing date: Wednesday 6th October

Interviews: will be held week commencing 11th October

Start date: November 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter)

For further information, including details of how to apply please see the NHS Jobs website

If you would like an informal discussion regarding the roles please contact –Helen McGlinchey, Head of Service and Clinical Lead – Schools:  Mobile: 07850772050 email: helen.mcglinchey@northpoint.org.uk


CAMHS Data & Systems Lead

We are seeking a skilled communicator who is organised, self-managing, and understands how systems, data and information can help services to deliver good quality support to service users.

The postholder will be responsible for implementing and improving data systems and processes, producing monitoring reports, and ensuring the management team have access to timely and accurate data.

The post will focus on 4 main areas:

  1. Develop data reporting templates in line with service requirements and KPIs, and use these to produce regular monitoring reports
  2. Provide performance and outcome data to help service managers monitor client experience and improve service quality
  3. Help the service utilise electronic systems, particularly the IAPTus patient record system
  4. Support the management team to ensure that future service planning and development is based on accurate data analysis

At Northpoint we pride ourselves on being able to effectively measure and evidence the outcomes and impact of our work, and we use qualitative and quantitative data to monitor and improve our services. Since we were first commissioned to work in Calderdale in 2014 we have introduced reliable and accurate data collection and reporting systems. Our reports have provided clear evidence that the experience of young people who access our mental health services has improved significantly.

The expansion of our work in Calderdale has been built on our ability to report on how many people we have helped, how much support we have given them, and how it has helped them.

Monitoring is based on key performance indicators that have been developed with input from service users (young people and families).This information plays a vital role in service development and commissioning arrangements. It is also used to help the services manage its limited resources in the most effective ways.

The data lead will join our friendly, skilled and enthusiastic team, and will work closely with service managers and administrators to further develop our data and reporting systems and processes.

Key dates
Deadline for applications: Thursday 14th October
Likely interview date: Thursday 21st October (tbc)

Full details and applications via NHS Jobs.


First Point of Contact Triage Worker

We have a new opportunity within our Open Minds (CAMHS) First Point of Contact for a motivated Triage Worker to join our team. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised individual to help provide prompt and positive outcomes to referrals. The triage process is largely telephone based and involves speaking to young people, parents/carers, school staff and other professionals in order to ascertain need and link young people into appropriate support (including neurodevelopmental assessments).

The post-holder will join the existing triage team who help to provide young people, families and professionals with prompt, helpful and positive outcomes to their referrals. The triage worker will be based within our office within a friendly and supportive team which includes admin, clinicians and a co-ordinator. Referral information is recorded on an electronic patient management system.

Closing Date: 14th October 2021 (Subject to early close)

For full details and job description, or to apply please refer to the NHS Jobs advert.

Student Placements: Unfortunately we are not in a position to offer placement opportunities to students on counselling training courses.

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