Opportunities at Northpoint

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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:

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

Trainee Children & Young People Wellbeing Practitioner

A rare and exciting opportunity to work as a paid trainee Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CYWP) in Calderdale or Kirklees.

We are currently recruiting to two new training posts to start the Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based interventions  to commence in January 2022.

CYWP trainees provide low intensity interventions for anxiety, depression and conduct problems including guided self-help.

The trainees will work in Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust in Kirklees or Northpoint Wellbeing’s Open Minds (CAMHS) Service in Calderdale (1 vacancy with each organisation), with guaranteed employment as a qualified CYWP on successful completion of the 12 month training course.

The posts are part of the Children and Young People’s IAPT initiative (increasing access to psychological therapies).

Applicants should have experience of working in children and young people’s mental health and must be able to demonstrate the aptitude to study at Level 6.

The training is provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Manchester and trainees will attend for study approximately one day a week, the remaining 4 will be service based.

Trainee CYWPs are NHS agenda for change pay band 4 (or equivalent), and will progress to NHS band 5 (or equivalent) on successful completion of the training.

Closing Date for Applications: 7th Nov (may close early if sufficient applications received)

Interview Date (TBC): 24th Nov.
Start date: mid/late January 2022.
Apply via NHS job site.

Questions? If you have questions after reading the full job pack on NHS Jobs then contact (Northpoint) or (Northorpe)

Administrative Assistant – School Services Calderdale 

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced administrator, with a passion for mental health services. Based in Northpoint’s office base in Clare Road, central Halifax, you will join our friendly, supportive and welcoming team. We are looking for someone who can work at between 28 and 35 hours – with 35 hours being our full time hours.

The job involves providing administrative support to Northpoint’s school-based services in Calderdale, which include the Mental Health Support Team (MHST), an innovative project designed to improve the mental health of students and pupils in schools. The MHST launched in 2020 and has been growing since.

Northpoint also provide a range of  training courses and workshops to school staff, students and parents in Calderdale and the successful candidate would be involved in the administration of this too.

This is a newly created post which is likely to develop as the project progresses.

The role will consist of 4 main duties:

  • Input client referral information into the Iaptus electronic patient record system
  • Design and implement systems to record and manage training for school staff
  • provide general administrative support to the Mental Health Support Team
  • help to deal with calls and e-mail enquiries into the service

Closing Date: 31st October.
Interview Date: 11th November.
Full details & Applications via NHS Jobs site.
For any more information, or an informal chat about the role please contact Ian Wood: / 07801591674

Senior Education Mental Health Practitioner – Calderdale Mental Health Support Team

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to work as a Senior Education Mental Health Practitioner in the innovative Calderdale Mental Health Support Team.

The successful candidate will bring their experience of providing low intensity evidence based interventions for children, young people and their families in education settings.

You will already hold a CYP IAPT low intensity qualification to work as an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) or as a Children & Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioner (CYWP).

The 3 main areas of the job will include:

  1. Providing direct support to children, young people, and families in school settings
  2. Supporting trainee and newly qualified EMHPs through joint working, peer support, and potentially clinical supervision (if eligible for the EMHP supervisor training course)
  3. Helping school/college staff to develop their whole setting approach to emotional health

Ideally, the postholder will meet the criteria to complete low intensity EMHP Supervision Training  at Sheffield University or they would expect to meet this criteria within 12 months (support and introductory supervisor training will be available to the right candidate).

The post will begin in January or February 2022. The supervision training is likely to start in spring 2022 and will correspond to the EMHP training which begins in February 2022 (Northpoint are recruiting 4 trainee EMHPs to attend this course).

You will also have at least 12 months post-qualification experience in a role where you have using the skills learned on this training.

Closing Date: 31st October.
Likely Interview Date: 8th November.
Full details and applications via NHS Jobs.

If you would like to speak to someone about this opportunity, please feel free to contact Ian Wood – /07801591674

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

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