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Education Mental Health Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year No HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Mental health practitioner
Band 5
Contract Type
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 botheducational settings and healthcare sectors in England focussing on a whole school approach.

The Mental Health Support Teams are part of a wider integrated schools pathway service in thelocalities, where the team are working to reduce health inequalities in communities where theseare most prominent, working closely with the schools and other external partners addressingtheir most prominent needs, by implementing whole schools approaches and targetedinterventions. Bedfordshire is a very diverse locality, with high levels of the young populationhaving English as an additional language. You would be joining a comprehensive and dynamicCAMHS service, delivering a substantial stepped model of care following the needs-led Thriveframework.

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 toproviding mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

About us

We offer an exciting and dynamic environment where your ideas and career development willbe valued. You will be supported directly by senior colleagues and we will develop the servicetogether.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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 peoples mental health. You will be part of a very comprehensive stepped care model of delivery by CAMHS ELFT services in the county, and be an integral part of a thriving and substantive specialist multi-disciplinary service offer.

Please see the attached job description for further information.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • 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.


  • Evidence of CPD -Continuous Professional Development in Child and Adolescent Mental Health or Family work training



  • 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 liaising and working effectively with the wider network around the child including educational, social care, family and health.
  • 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.
  • Experience of assessing and meeting the communication needs of the schools to deliver psycho-education on mental health or emotional wellbeing to different groups including parents, teaching staff and young people.
  • Experience of adapting resources to be able to delivery online/ via phone/ google classroom

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to carry out 1:1 therapeutic mental health interventions with children and families.
  • Ability to conduct group parenting and group young person programmes.
  • Ability to work within educational settings to increase mental health awareness within the staff group.
  • Ability to conduct mental health assessments and screenings of children and young people.
  • Ability to make an assessment of risk and to record and communicate it appropriately and to take appropriate action to mitigate or manage.
  • Strong understanding of how to work with children and young people who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties.


  • Ability to conduct other group therapeutic interventions with children and their families.
  • Ability to teach others about mental health issues.
  • Ability to think and work systemically.



  • An ability to travel between the Luton clinic and schools around Luton. NB ELFT have an expense system correlated to any business miles travelled.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Charter House

Alma Street



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