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Educational Mental Health Practitioner/Mental Health Practitioner

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have experience working with children with a mental health issue and are looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people within the Kirklees area? Would you like to be part of a diverse and innovative service who offer mental health support in an educational setting?

We are seeking applicants to join our Mental Health Support Team who work across all the schools in Kirklees. This is an exciting time to join our team to deliver evidence based interventions to children within our schools with mild to moderate mental health conditions. Focusing on early intervention we also provide training and workshops to schools using the whole school approach, which enables schools to provide a culture of wellbeing for all their pupils.

We are encouraging applicants who have professional membership from a range of diverse professions such as EMHP's, nursing and occupational therapy to apply.

You will be part of a supportive and resilient team within a trust which places staff health and wellbeing at the top of its agenda. Our team sits within our CAMHS service which means that we can provide expert CPD opportunities, further training and supervision from a diverse range of experienced practitioners.

Main duties of the job

This role would suit an experienced health care professional with some level of formal CBT training (e.g. CYP-IAPT), or have completed the HEE Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practice or Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing Practice for children and young people or who have a core professional and experience working or completing a placement in mental health.

As a band 5 Educational mental health practitioner you will be expected to develop your skills under supervision to manage a caseload of young people including triaging, consulting with schools. You will provide low intensity CBT interventions to promote the mental wellbeing of the children and young people within our schools. You will liase with the mental health leads within the schools to implement a whole school approach and enable staff to be competent to deal with low to moderate mental health concerns.

You will be expected to provide workshops for young people, parents and carer's and school staff.

For more information on this role please contact Nicole Dumisani (team manager) on

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) is a service transformation programme delivered by Health Education England and partners that aims to improve existing children and young peoples mental health Services (CYP MHS) working in the community. Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner training will benefit from being integrated fully within CYP MHS and linked to the CYP IAPT collaborative, which brings a valuable organisational infrastructure.

As part of Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs), Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) will work in both education and healthcare settings to support children and young people with mental ill health. The new roles support the Governments priority of increasing access to and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

Person Specification



  • HEE PG Diploma in Education Mental Health Practice for children & young people or PG Diploma in Psychological Wellbeing Practice for children and young people.
  • Relevant qualification or experience within an educational setting.


  • Relevant degree qualification.



  • At least one years experience of delivery of low intensity evidenced based CBT interventions for mild to moderate mental health issues.
  • At least one-year experience of work within both health and educational settings.
  • Experience of consultation and liaison with education and multidisciplinary colleagues.


  • Experience of service development.
  • Experience of forging new working relationships within complex interagency framework.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver low intensity evidenced based interventions under supervision to children and young people.
  • Ability to devise and deliver group-based interventions to children and young people.
  • Ability to delver parent led interventions where children have a mental health need.
  • Computer literate.
  • Ability to keep clinical records to a high standard.


  • Skilled at engaging and building relationships with children, young people and parents.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with young people, parents, colleagues and partner agencies.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Folly Hall Mills

St Thomas Road



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