Mid & South Essex MHST EMHP/CWP

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Southend/CastlePoint and Rochford/Canvey Island
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for 2 experienced practitioners with qualifications in at least one of the following areas:
  • Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
  • Children Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)

To join our fast-growing, fast-paced Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) across South East Essex.

MHST's are a new service designed to support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties within education settings. We are a multidisciplinary team made up of Children and Young People's Mental Health Practitioners and Education Mental Health Practitioners.

These posts also attracts a one-off payment equivalent to 10% of annual basic salary. This would be payable as 50% of the incentive as a lump sum at end of the probationary period (Typically six months) and then the other 50% of the incentive as a lump sum at the end of year two.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work in partnership with schools, to support children, young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.

They will work in partnership with schools, children, young people, and families in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.

Candidates will work as autonomous and responsible practitioners within their scope of practice, alongside education colleagues. They will be experienced (i.e. 1 year post qualification) in the delivery of interventions to support CYP in primary, secondary and higher education settings.

The candidates will complete robust assessments, risk assessments, care plans and reviews.

They will be proficient in using Routine Outcome Measures (ROMS) and clinical tools to gather feedback and guide clinical practice, with opportunities for service provision planning and mapping with schools to inform the delivery of support to CYP.

About us

Probationary Period

These posts will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see person specification and job description for full details and responsibilities required for these role's

MHSTs aims to:
  • Support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems through evidence-based interventions
  • Support schools in developing their whole school approach to mental health
  • Provide timely advice to school staff and to liaise with other services to help children and young people get the right help and stay in education.

The MHST covers Mid & South Essex and supports up to 104,000 young people across a variety of different education settings.

This role involves coverage across the following locality:

South East Essex: Canvey Island, Castle Point & Rochford and Southend areas

The post holders will join an established team and will be supported to work alongside other EMHPs/CWPs in educational settings, as well as working alongside more Senior Mental Health Practitioners (SMHPs) to support learning and development. There will be opportunities for individual work, group work and consultation.

Supervision will be delivered by senior practitioners individually and as a group in line NELFT policies and procedures.

The post holders will also be required to attend additional meetings as part of their role such as Team Business Meetings, Continual Professional Development and Group Safeguarding Supervision.

Person Specification



  • Low Intensity CBT qualification (EMHP or CWP)
  • Experience working with Children and Young people


  • 1 year qualified experience
  • Working with or in school setting
  • Holds a valid driving licence and has access to a car

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