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CAMHS Education Mental Health Practitioner (Bedford MHST)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year No HCAS
Closing date
4 Aug 2024
The Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)/ Children Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) 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 focusing on a whole school approach.

The Bedford MHS 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. Bedford is a very diverse locality, with high levels of the young population having English as an additional language. You would be joining a comprehensive and dynamic CAMHS service, delivering a substantial stepped model of care following the needs-led Thrive framework.

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 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.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

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

For a detailed description of the role please refer to the attached job description and person specification.

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

Skills & Knowledge


  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Rush Court


MK40 3JT

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