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Educational Mental Health Practitioner

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
10 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Qualified Education Mental Health Practitioner (Mental Health Support Teams in Schools Warrington) Band 5

An opportunity has arisen for a hard working and compassionate professional to join the newly established children and young peoples Mental Health Support Team in Warrington (permanent post).

Shortlisting is planned for 10th June 2024

Interviews are planned for 24th June 2024

Main duties of the job

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 services

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To hold a caseload of both specialist and generic work dependent on clinical competence and
  • To undertake assessments and treatment based upon a conceptual framework and employing research-based evidence.
  • To provide direct therapeutic interventions in line with the grading of the post, including assessments, formulation and therapeutic input into children, young people and families referred into the service with mild to moderate mental health problems. Delivering evidence-based intervention for children and young people in education Help children and young people within these settings who present with more severe problems to rapidly access more specialist services. Support and facilitate 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.
  • Undertake risk assessments and care plans accordingly, in line with the THRIVE framework
  • To work in ways that are sensitive to the needs of children and young people and families from a wide range of racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds.
  • To participate directly in the teams duty rotas in line with the grading of the
  • To exercise responsibility within supervisory, managerial and accountability structures, for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of clients.
  • To deliver care, ensuring effective assessment, care planning and risk management processes are maintained. Involve the views of children, their families, referring agents and other professionals involved in the network of care.
  • To produce a clinical formulation and intervention plan founded on evidence-based practice in co-operation with the child young person and carers.
  • To hold responsibility for standards of clinical practice within area of
  • To work jointly and collaboratively with other team members in order to enhance and develop the provision of services to young people and their To have an effective knowledge base of other modalities to engage and work effectively with colleagues in other disciplines.
  • Undertake risk management for all children including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.
  • Identify and respond appropriately to child protection issues, as described with the guidelines of Local Safeguarding Childrens Board and Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust safeguarding
  • Maintain clear and comprehensive electronic clinical records, to ensure information is accurate and complies with Data Protection Act and professional body and Trust standards.
  • To engage with using routine outcome measures as clinically appropriate including their use in clinical practice and inputting data into clinical records.
  • To work collaboratively with children, young people and their families and contribute to the

  • trusts service user participation agenda.

  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of the care.
  • Attend Child Protection Case conferences as a representative from children and young peoples

  • mental health services.
  • Provide and receive sensitive or contentious information to children, young people, and families and to other professionals within young peoples services.
  • Communicate effectively with children, young people, and their careers, when in crisis and in challenging family situations.
  • Organise and facilitate multi-agency meetings and
  • Elicit sensitive information using engagement/ communication skills which are appropriate to the

  • young persons stage of development.
  • Work, as part of an integrated multi professional team, ensuring good communication and working relationships with other professionals.
  • Provide written reports detailing the progress of the mental health Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • Participate in regular supervision, engage in reflective practice, and committed to continued
  • To provide specific training and /or presentations schools, other agencies, statutory and voluntary, and promote and deliver specialist training programmes.
  • To contribute to training placements for a range of professional disciplines from different background so that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies, and experience to contribute effectively to positive change. To assess trainees competencies and write placement reports for trainees in line with Trust, professional body regulations.
  • Work collaboratively with partner agencies within the principles of This will include joint working consultation and training aiming to develop joint working across agencies.
  • Completion of preceptorship programme where
  • To engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competencies and clinical practice.
  • Maintain registration requirements in accordance with the appropriate professional body in line with their professional qualification.
  • Be accountable for own clinical practice and professional Management, Policy and Service Development
  • Contribute to the services evidence-based practice by engaging with audits and evaluations as
  • To contribute to recruitment processes and the induction of recruited
  • Contribute to service Research and Service Evaluation
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the evidence, base in relation to mental health knowledge and other interventions.
  • To contribute to planning and implementing systems for evaluation and monitoring of therapeutic practice and outcomes of clinical work within the service.
  • Participate in research, evaluation, and audit in response to the clinical and professional interest of the post, and to monitor standards, quality, and consumer reaction to the provision of services in accordance with NICE guidance.
  • Participate in appropriate Quality assurance programmes and research as directed. Continuing Professional Development
  • To receive and engage in regular clinical supervision in accordance with Trust Clinical Governance Standards and the Code of Practice and ethical guidelines of professional body.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD training in consultation with the post holders service manager to meet professional body requirements for CPD and registration.
  • To contribute to the development of best practice in the service by taking part in regular supervision and appraisal and maintaining awareness of current developments in the field.
  • To maintain professional body
  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of own professional practice according to both the

  • postholders employer and the Higher Education Institution in which they are enrolled.
  • Ensure appropriate adherence to any new recommendations or guidelines set by the relevant
  • Ensure that confidentiality is always
  • Ensure that any risks or issues related to the safety and wellbeing of anyone the postholder comes into contact within the course of their professional duties are communicated and shared with appropriate parties in order to maintain individual safety and the public interest.
  • Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed, and reviewed with supervisor and senior colleagues on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
  • Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed
  • Keep all records up to date in relation to Continuous Professional Development and the requirements of the post and ensure personal development plans maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.
  • Attend relevant educational opportunities in line with identified professional
    • Attend a one day Just and Learning & Civility and Respect training
    • Be an ambassador for Just & Learning and Civility & Respect following the
    • Positively advocate the just and learning culture within your
    • Be a confident supporter and implementer of the Trust CARES Values including Civility & Respect within your team.
    • Support their team/ services to create a positive environment for Just and Learning
    • Participate in Just and Learning Culture
    • Bring Just and Learning Culture updates/ information to the attention of team members and other MCT colleagues they work with.
    • Support and encourage the sharing of concerns about the safety and quality of care with senior leaders with the aim of improving safety and quality.
    • Actively participate in creating an open culture within your team so that concerns and difficulties can be discussed safely and respectfully.
    • Speaking up in the event that they are exposed to incivility between colleagues in the workplace #iwillspeakup.
    • Listening and understanding others who have concerns and taking a collaborative approach to work towards a solution to improve civility and respect.

    Person Specification



    • Successful completion of the HEE commissioned 1yr 'Education Mental Health Practitioner' (EMHP)and or Children and young people's wellbeing practitioner (CYWP) course


    • Must have professional qualification and registration with an appropriate accrediting body (i.e., HCPC), or equivalent from the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) approved accredited register
    • A further relevant degree qualification
    • Teaching qualification
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid trained



    • Experience of mental health assessments and therapeutic interventions with children and young people with mental health problems and their families
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups including a degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
    • Experienced in and the ability to undertake case management
    • Experience of delivering training
    • Experience in consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
    • Interpersonalskillsto communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, in order to convey clinically sensitive information to family members of all ages and to a wide range of lay and professional persons, within and outside of the NHS
    • Demonstrate the ability to coordinate care plan / risk management plan
    • Awareness of legislation and strategic frameworks and their implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the full range of client groups
    • Knowledge of educational environments
    • Knowledge of safeguarding issues
    • Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence


    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
    • Knowledge of research design and methodology consistent with practice to at least Degree level or equivalent
    • Knowledge of children services



    • Continuous Improvement
    • Accountability
    • Respectfulness
    • Enthusiasm
    • support
    • High professional standards
    • Responsive to service users
    • Engaging leadership style
    • Transparency and honesty
    • Discreet



    • Ability to learn in a variety of settings and using a variety of learning methods
    • Computer literate
    • Ability to identify and provide appropriate means of support to carers exposed to distressing situations and challenging behaviours
    • Ability to identify and employ as appropriate clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice
    • Demonstrate a commitment to always respecting and displaying the Trust Values
    • Ability to personally manage a sensitive,trau
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