Education Mental Health Practitioner/Wellbeing Practitioner

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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A Band 5 practitioner post working within our Lincoln and Gainsborough Mental Health Support Teams. (Please see agenda for change)

This is a full time 37.5 hour post based in Lincoln

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to join our Mental Health Support Team in Lincoln as an Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)/Low -intensity CBT Practitioner. This is a diverse role as noted in the job description, and an opportunity to make a real difference in outcomes for children, young people, and families by offering early support and intervention.

The Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) support children and young people aged 5-18 within school and college settings who are presenting with mental health or emotional wellbeing problems which are of a low to moderate level of complexity and/or intensity.

The post holder will support several allocated education settings across Lincoln and surrounding areas in offering support to children and young people and their families. A key part of the role is around implementing Public Health England's Whole School Approach, part of which will be to deliver training, workshops and assemblies to the wider educational communities and promote awareness of mental health within the educational settings.

CLOSING DATE: 9th February 2023

INTERVIEW DATE: 28th February 2023

For more information or an informal discussion, please contact Belinda Robins on 07966 180518 or email

Main duties of the job

As an MHST practitioner, you will hold a caseload of young people, providing interventions for mild-moderate mental health needs. You will also lead in implementing the Whole School Approach within your allocated settings by providing regular consultation, advice and training to professionals.

The post holder will receive regular managerial and clinical supervision to support them throughout this role. There will be opportunity to access internal training as well as identification of other development needs via their appraisal.

This is a full-time post operating Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

Therapeutic Assessment and Intervention

Assess and deliver outcome focused, evidence-based interventions in educational settings for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, working at all times in collaboration with and giving respect to the education function of the setting in which the post-holder is deployed.

Work in partnership to support children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their parents/carers, families and educators in the self-management of presenting difficulties.

Work in effective, evidence-based partnership with children, young people, their families and their educators in the development of plans for the intervention and agreed outcomes.

Support and empower children, young people, their parents/carers and families and their educators to make informed choices about the interventions being offered.

Operate at all times from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity.

Accept referrals within educational settings according to agreed local and national and local protocols.

Undertake and record accurate assessments of risk and operate clear risk management processes in line with locally agreed procedures including the safeguarding protocols of the educational setting and Local Safeguarding Board guidance.

Adhere to all regulations, processes and procedures within the educational service to which the postholder is attached within the educational setting where the post-holder working including (but not limited to) HR policies, training requirements, referral protocols, and emergency procedures. Signpost referrals of children with more complex needs to a locally identified appropriate relevant service

Through case management, supervision and any other relevant local pathway, escalate cases where the level of need or risk is beyond the scope of practice of the postholder.

Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments, primarily guided self-help.

Practice, evidence and demonstrate an ability to manage ones own caseload in conjunction with the requirements of the team.

Attend multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings relating to referrals or children and young people in treatment, where appropriate.

Keep clear, professionally coherent records of all activity in line with both health and education service protocols and use these records and outcome data to inform decision making.

Complete all requirements relating to data collection.

Assess and integrate issues relating to transitions, education and training/employment into the overall therapeutic process.

Work within a collaborative approach involving a range of relevant others when indicated.

Contribute to the development of individual or group clinical materials or training materials, and in addition to develop such materials independently as falls within own degree of competence, and under direction of the wider team.

Act as main contact for allocated schools and cover other schools in the team according to need.

Training and Supervision

Continue to apply learning gained on the training program directly to practice.

Prepare and present case load information to supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis to ensure safe practice and the governance obligations of the trainee, supervisor and service are delivered.

Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in practice.

Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and practice.

To disseminate research and service evaluation findings in appropriate formats through agreed channels.


Ensure the maintenance of standards of own professional practice according to both the postholders employer and the Higher Education Institution in which they are enrolled.

Ensure appropriate adherence to any new recommendations or guidelines set by the relevant departments.

Ensure that confidentiality is always protected.

nsure that any risks or issues related to the safety and wellbeing of anyone the postholder comes into contact with in the course of their professional duties are communicated and shared with appropriate parties in order to maintain individual safety and the public interest.

Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with supervisor and senior colleagues on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

Keep all records up to date in relation to Continuous Professional Development and the requirements of the post and ensure personal development plans maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

Attend relevant educational opportunities in line with identified professional objectives.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Successful completion of the HEE commissioned 1yr 'Education Mental Health Practitioner' course
  • OR other low intensity-CBT qualification i.e. Children's Wellbeing Practitioner qualification, Enhanced Evidence Based Practitioner, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • A further relevant degree qualification
  • Teaching qualification
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid trained
Experience Essential
  • Experience of delivering low intensity CBT interventions to children and young people
  • Experience of working with children and their families in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of delivering whole school approach work
  • Experience of working and liaising with a wide variety of agencies and stakeholders
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties
  • Experience of working with anxiety disorders
  • Experience of the delivery of other therapeutic interventions to children, young people or their families
  • Experience of monitoring and recording outcome measures for children's emotional wellbeing
  • Experience of navigating complex social systems and environments, who may have conflicting priorities or agendas
Skills Essential
  • Ability to carry out 1:1 therapeutic mental health interventions with children
  • Ability to carry out 1:1 therapeutic mental health interventions with families
  • Ability to conduct group parenting programmes

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