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Educational Mental Health Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHPs, Child Wellbeing Practitioners), Band 5 - Dunstable CAMHS MHST - 2 x Full Time

The new Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working across both educational settings and healthcare sectors in England focussing on a whole school approach.

The Dunstable MHST Team is part of a wider integrated schools pathway service in the locality, where the team are working to reduce health inequalities in communities where these are most prominent, working closely with the schools and other external partners addressing their most prominent needs, by implementing whole schools approaches and targeted interventions. We are a team that has been established for two years and are passionate about the work we do and supporting our staff.

The schools are in Dunstable and Houghton Regis and the surrounding areas. You would be joining a comprehensive, and dynamic CAMHS service, delivering a substantial stepped model of care following the needs-led Thrive framework. The post is based at Beech Close Resource Centre in Dunstable but the candidate will work within the schools and there opportunities to work hybridly from home for part of the week.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will play a key role as members of the new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs), who will have the responsibility for delivering schools' overarching approach to providing mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

The role will help to develop and deliver a wide range of interventions, projects and system change with the aim of whole school and whole community approaches to supporting young people's mental health.

About us

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development will be valued. You will be supported directly by senior colleagues and we will develop the service together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and person specification please see attached JD & PS.

For contact information please see below.

Laura Gill

Systemic Family Psychotherapist/Operational Lead for Dunstable MHST/SCAS

01582 707635

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of the HEE commissioned 1yr 'Education Mental Health Practitioner' or IAPT 'Child Wellbeing Practitioner' post graduate diploma
  • Post qualification experience as an EMHP and experience of working in schools



  • Experience of working with children and young people, their families and others in educational and health settings with mild to moderate mental health problems
  • Experience of delivering specific therapeutic interventions to children, young people or their families (e.g. Guided Self Help, CBT, parent work).
  • Experience of assessing children and young people who present with more mild to moderate mental health problems and to rapidly access more specialist services. Ability to conduct other group therapeutic interventions with children and their families
  • Experience of liaising and working effectively with the wider network around the child including educational, social care, family and health.


  • Experience of liaising and working effectively with the wider network around the child including educational, social care, family and health.



  • Ability to carry out 1:1 therapeutic mental health interventions with children and families.
  • Ability to work within educational settings to increase mental health awareness within the staff group
  • Ability to make an assessment of risk and to record and communicate it appropriately and to take appropriate action to mitigate or manage.


  • Strong understanding of how to work with children and young people who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.

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