MHST Education Mental Health Practitioner

Solent NHS Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Solent NHS Trust are delighted to have been successful in their bid to implement a Mental Health in Schools Teams (MHST's) within Southampton City. There are currently 4 MHSTs in Southampton offering an almost city-wide coverage for this new and exciting addition of mental health provision for children and young people. Solent NHS Trust are currently recruiting a qualified Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) to join the service. (Please note this is not a training post).

The development of these services are in collaboration with NHS England and the Department for Education, following on from the 2017 Green Paper Transforming children and young people's mental health provision. This is a roll out of the work to improve access to mental health care for young people set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.

The clinical team structure of the MHST consists of EMHP Trainees, qualified EMHPs (this post), EMHP Supervisors, Senior Wellbeing Practitioner trainees and CBT Therapists. The team also comprises of the Team Manager, Clinical leads, and Team Coordinators, offering strong leadership and governance structures within the team.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for candidates who hold an EMHP or Childrens Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) qualification to offer specialist knowledge and practice skills in delivering CBT evidence-based intervention for children and young people in education settings, with mild to moderate mental health problems, and offer consultations and training to local schools and colleges.

The post holder will work as part of a dynamic mental health team in a creative environment where evidence-based interventions, new ideas, ways of working and supporting children and young people are actively encouraged.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

*To deliver outcome focused, evidence-based interventions in educational settings for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

*To attend supervision as part of your formal training, to develop clinical skills and be assessed for competency.

*Developing skills in supporting children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, their parents/carers, families and educators in the self-management of presenting difficulties.

*Developing and practicing evidence-based skills under supervisory support of working in partnership with children, young people, their families and educators in the development of plans for the specific intervention and agreeing outcomes.

*Developing and learning the skills required in order to enable children and young people in education, and where appropriate parents/carers to collaborate and coproduce their own agreed plan of care.

*Show evidence in a variety of forms that at all times assessment and intervention is provided from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity.

*Discuss with supervisors and agree to accept appropriate referrals for children and young people in educational settings, according to agreed local and national and local referral routes, processes and procedures.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • EMHP Qualification
  • Good solid basic literacy and numeracy qualifications at a minimum of level 2
Experience Essential
  • Working experience with children and young people
  • Experience of working with children and young people's mental health
  • Experience of working in an educational setting (As part of EMHP role included)
  • Community care or primary care experience
  • Knowledge and experience in child protection/safeguarding procedures, to recognise abuse and escalate appropriately within statutory timeframes.
  • Crisis management skills
  • Stress management
  • Ability to work autonomously

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