Educational Mental Health Practitioner

West London NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
9 Jun 2023

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

We are seeking to fill Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) / Educational Wellbeing Practitioner (EWP) / Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) vacancies in Hounslow that are arising due to staff progression. We are looking for applications from qualified EMHP / EWP / CWPs or those at the end of their EMHP/ EWP/CWP training.

We offer high quality supervision, with excellent CPD and career development opportunities. If you are interested in partnership working (notably with schools) and you want to help shape new models of evidence-based support to promote the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, this job could be for you.

As you may be aware, a 2-year psychological professions funding rule policy was implemented from 1st April 2022. This rule applies to any person starting on NHS-funded psychological professions training programmes. The training associated with this post falls within this policy. Trainees will normally not be eligible to receive NHS funding for a subsequent psychological professions training (where this may lead to a change of occupation) until a minimum of 2 years after the award for the first training is recommended by a qualifying examination board or by chair's action after the qualifying exam board. Further details are on the funding rule are available via .

Main duties of the job

Key Deliverables

With appropriate supervision, to work as an autonomous and responsible practitioner as their training affords and within the scope of their local job description, to engage in;
  • Delivering evidence-based intervention for children and young people in education setting with mild to moderate mental health problems
  • Helping children and young people within these settings who present with more severe problems to rapidly access more specialist services
  • Supporting and facilitating staff in education settings to identify and where appropriate manage issues related to mental health and wellbeing
  • Working with and within education environments to afford better access to specialist mental health service

And to use the acquired skills, knowledge and abilities to deliver a service based within education settings that builds on and reinforces but does not replace those initiatives that already exist within these environments.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Assess and deliver outcome focused, evidence-based interventions in educational settings for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, working at all times in collaboration with and giving respect to the education function of the setting in which the post-holder is deployed.
  • Work in partnership to support children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their parents/carers, families and educators in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
  • Work in effective, evidence-based partnership with children, young people, their families and their educators in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.
  • Support and empower children, young people, their parents/carers and families and their educators to make informed choices about the interventions being offered.
  • Operate at all times from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity.
  • Accept referrals within educational settings according to agreed local and national and local protocols.
  • Undertake and record accurate assessments of risk and operate clear risk management processes in line with locally agreed procedures including the safeguarding protocols of the educational setting and Local Safeguarding Board guidance.
  • Adhere to all regulations, processes and procedures within the educational service to which the potholder is attached within the educational setting where the post-holder working including (but not limited to) HR policies, training requirements, referral protocols, and emergency procedures. Signpost referrals of children with more complex needs to a locally identified appropriate relevant service
  • Through case management, supervision and any other relevant local pathway, escalate cases where the level of need or risk is beyond the scope of practice of the potholder.
  • Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments, primarily guided self-help.
  • Practice, evidence and demonstrate an ability to manage ones own caseload in conjunction with the requirements of the team.
  • Attend multi-disciplinary and multi- agency meetings relating to referrals or children and young people in treatment, where appropriate.

  • Person Specification



    • Successful completion of the HEE commissioned
    • 1yr Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) / Educational Wellbeing Practitioner (EWP) / Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) course


    • A further relevant degree qualification
    • Teaching qualification
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid trained



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


    • Ability to teach others about mental health issues
    • Ability to conduct other group therapeutic interventions with children and their families



    • Knowledge of educational environments
    • Knowledge of safeguarding issues
    • Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence


    • Knowledge of the functional operation of specialist CAMHS teams

    Previous Experience


    • Experience of working with children and young people, their families and others.
    • Experience of working and liaising with a wide variety of agencies and stakeholders


    • Experience of working with children and their families in a healthcare setting
    • Experience of working with children and their families in an education setting

    Specialist Experience


    • Experience of working with children and young people who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties
    • Experience of working with anxiety disorders
    • Experience of working with affective (mood) disorders
    • Experience of the delivery of specific therapeutic interventions to children, young people or their families (e.g. CBT, solution focused brief therapy)


    • Experience of monitoring and recording outcome measures for children's emotional wellbeing
    • Experience of navigating complex social systems and environments, who may have conflicting priorities or agendas
    • Experience of working with looked after children
    • Experience of working with other vulnerable groups

    Specific Attributes


    • Full, enhanced and current satisfactory DBS disclosure for the role
    • Ability to personally manage a sensitive, traumatic and potentially emotionally distressing caseload
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills


    • Proven commitment to continuous professional development

    Personal Qualities


    • Self-motivated
    • Able to travel to meet the requirements of the post
    • Team player
    • Excellent time management and organisational skills
    • Able to meet the physical requirements of the role after reasonable adjustments have been made for any illness or disability

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