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Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 per annum (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Berkshire CAMHS are excited to be recruiting an Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) in the established school-based service, The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) in Slough.

The Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) are part of an exciting new project funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. This opportunity allows you to join an innovative new service during an exciting time whilst working alongside an enthusiastic, compassionate and inspiring team!

The Team form part of the developing CAMHS Getting Help services across East Berkshire, working as part of the multi-agency early intervention support for the education setting. The role offers an exciting opportunity to continue to innovate and deliver high quality evidence-based care and whole system interventions, with great ongoing CPD opportunities.

The working pattern for this role is Monday - Friday, 9 - 5pm.

Main duties of the job

  • Deliver evidence-based intervention for children and young people in education setting with mild to moderate mental health problems
  • Helping children and young people who present with more severe problems to rapidly access more specialist services using effective multiagency collaborative working to effectively signpost and refer on where needed
  • 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
  • As a qualified EMHP be confident in the use of CYP IAPT principles, evidence-based interventions and routine outcome measures.To care co-ordinate and manage a defined caseload of children and young people presenting with emotional health and wellbeing difficulties in schools under supervision
  • To provide training to schools' staff,parents and carers in conjunction with colleagues.
  • Within schools actively promote the whole school-based approach to developing andmaintaining emotional health and well-being

  • About us

    Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

    We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

    Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
    • Caring for and about you is our top priority
    • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
    • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

    We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

    Benefits of working for us include:
    • Flexible working options to support work-life balance
    • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
    • Generous NHS pension scheme
    • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
    • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
    • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
    • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
    • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
    • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
    • Free parking across Trust sites

    If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    The must haves for this role:
  • Graduate Certificate / Post Graduate Certificate qualification as an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
  • A British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited or British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) EMHP training course or preparing to submit for accreditation
  • Be confident in assessing for and delivering, high quality, outcome focused, evidence-based low intensity interventions to children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • Be confident in working in a school setting and working collaboratively with colleagues in Early Help, Social Care and across the wider system.
  • As a person, will always be looking for new or better ways to deliver care and be keen to learn.
  • and most of all will have a calm, friendly and compassionate outlook and have a keen interest in early intervention and mental health promotion.

  • For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

    If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Person Specification



    • Graduate Certificate / Post Graduate Certificate qualification as an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
    • A British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited or British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) EMHP training course or preparing to submit for accreditation


    • Psychology or other health related undergraduate degree
    • Teaching Qualification

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Commitment to ongoing training and development

    Previous Experience


    • A minimum of two years' experience of working with CYP
    • Experience of delivering specific evidence based low intensity interventions to CYP and/or their families
    • Experience of delivering training in subjects related to mental health and wellbeing
    • Experience of working in or with a diverse or multi-cultural community
    • Experience of working and liaising with a wide variety of agencies and stakeholders

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Demonstrates an understanding of common mental health issues experienced by CYP and how they may present
    • Understanding the importance of increasing access to evidence based mental health car
    • Knowledge of evidence based low intensity psychological interventions for CYP
    • Ability to work within educational settings to increase mental health awareness within the staff group
    • Knowledge of and ability to use routine outcome measures with CYP and families
    • Ability to undertake comprehensive risk assessments within scope of practice
    • Knowledge of safeguarding issues and a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of CYP and vulnerable adults.
    • Understanding of ethics and patient confidentiality of working with CYP
    • Ability to personally manage a sensitive, and potentially emotionally distressing caseload
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and develop therapeutic relationships with a range of people
    • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
    • Able to communicate clearly and effectively with colleagues, children and families, in a manner that is sensitive to and acknowledging of their needs, experience and all aspects of diversity
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills and use of internet mediated communication, tailored to a variety of audiences
    • Computer literate and able to use Microsoft programmes including Excel database, word, and outlook

    Additional Requirements


    • Able to work flexibly, outside of office hours, when required and willingness to travel independently between locations (including schools, NHS premises and home etc)

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Mental Health Support Teams - Slough 2


    SL1 2BJ

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