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Children's Wellbeing or Educational Mental Health Practitioner

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for Qualified Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWP) or Qualified Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP) who wish to join an exciting school based Mental Health Support Team (MHST).

Main duties of the job

This post offers an opportunity for working in a vibrant Watford team that is focused on those areas where we can make a positive impact to the lives of children and young people in primary and secondary. The post holder will have an element of involvement in, and contribution by participating in workstreams of service development of team. The postholder will be engaging in whole school approach with schools through continuous regular meetings to manage the caseload capacity as well as to establish a good working relationship with schools about their children and young people. The Hertfordshire MHST is continuing to expand year on year and therefore there is plenty of opportunity for career development and stepping up into a senior position based on the post holder's experience.

These permanent roles will involve working alongside qualified EMHPs, Senior Practitioners and a Team Leader. The service provides early interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns in an educational setting. Typically, the focus of work is Anxiety, Low Mood and Behaviour.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

In summary the role requires the post holder to:

Develop and maintain professional relationships with education staff,

Be on site at allocated educational settings each day of the week,

Provide 1-1 interventions such as low intensity CBT (guided self-help) for children, young people, parent/carers, and school staff,

Workshops for children, young people, parent/carers and school staff

Drop-in surgeries for children, young people, and school staff,

Facilitate co-production to support service development,

Support the team in resource development,

Any other duties commensurate with the grade which may be required to enable effective and efficient running of the service.

The aim of these interventions is to:

Reduce stigma around Mental Health,

Enhance emotional wellbeing by promoting and building resilience in children and young people through educational workshops, assemblies and PSHE lessons.

Deliver psychoeducation and support to parent/carers and teachers to improve their understanding of children and young peoples needs.

Support children and young people at the early stages of emotional wellbeing challenges to prevent further Mental Health intervention later in life.

The Mental Health Support Teams operate year-round, providing support to young people during school holidays in addition to term time. The core hours will be Monday - Friday 9-5 but some work (facilitation of group work/workshops) may be required outside of these times

The post-holder will work with people of different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

This post affords opportunity for involvement in, and contribution to service development. The Hertfordshire MHST is continuing to expand year on year and therefore offers plenty of opportunity for career development. This post affords opportunity for involvement in, and contribution to service development. The Hertfordshire MHST is continuing to expand year on year and therefore offers plenty of opportunity for career development.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualification in 'Education Mental Health Practitioner' or the 'Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice' course.
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid trained
  • Psychology or other health related undergraduate degree.
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of working with young people who have experienced a mental health problem.
  • Experience working in a service which has agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes.
  • Experience in using an electronic clinical records and data collection system.
  • Evidence of working in the an educational setting
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety, depression and challenging behaviour and how it may present in universal services.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the need to use evidence based psychological models and how it relates to this post.
  • Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the stressors young people may encounter in an educational setting and the impact that these can have on mental health
  • Knowledge of the functional operation of specialist CAMHS teams

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