Education Mental Health Practitioner

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

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

Job summary

Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHPs, Child Wellbeing Practitioners), Band 5 - Luton CAMHS MHST - 1 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 Luton 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 Luton. 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 Charter House in Luton 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

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

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

There are currently three MHSTs across Luton, Dunstable & Bedford working across 53 schools in total. The successful candidate will be employed by Bedfordshire & Luton CAMHS (ELFT) where the MHST deliver evidenced based therapeutic interventions such as Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (LI CBT) and emotional wellbeing interventions using Guided Self Help strategies. You will have successfully completed training as a trainee EMHP or CWP (Child Wellbeing Practitioner).

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 working with cultural diverse populations and adapting services to improve access


  • 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

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