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Education Mental Health Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£31,163 to £37,875 a year pa inc
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 5
Full Time
Bexley CAMHS

Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

2 Year Fixed Term Post

Bexley CAMHS was successful is securing a bid to provide two Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) within Bexley London Borough education settings. Bexley MHST commenced in January 2021 and has been fully operational since January 2022. From January 2023 we will be expanding the service with an additional team.

The post holder will work within Bexley education settings providing low intensity manualised 1:1 guided self-help interventions, groups and workshops to children, young people and families and support the whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing within education.

Applicants must have completed the required EMHP and / or CWP post graduate training and have previous experience working with children and young people in either a health or educational setting to be considered for this post.

For further enquiries please contact: Jenny Eldred, MHST Team Manager, Bexley CAMHS ( or tele: 0203 260 5200.

Main duties of the job

The Mental Health Support Teams are part of an exciting project funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, with the aim of improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. There is a specific focus on developing more access to helping and improving the general culture of emotional support within all primary and secondary schools. Working alongside community partners the Mental Health Support Team is part of Bexley CAMHS schools pathway.

We are looking to recruit a qualified Education Mental Health Practitioner to join our now fully established team.

The post holder will provide a range of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self- management interventions to children and young people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression and/or behavioural difficulties. The post- holder will work for Bexley CAMHS providing a service within a number of Bexley education settings.

Please see attached Job Description & Person Specification

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

We seek to appoint an enthusiastic and dynamic individual who is passionate about improving health outcomes for children and young people.

There is a requirement to work with schools remotely and face to face in delivering low level Guided Self Help to Young People and Families. This will be across various educational settings within Bexley schools, remote working from home and Bexley CAMHS.

EMHPs play a key role as members of the Mental Health Support Team, who will have the responsibility for delivering schools' whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing for children and young people

Please see attached Job Description & Person Specification

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Undergraduate degree, upper second class or above, in Psychology or related subject
  • Successful completion of the HEE commissioned 1yr 'Education Mental Health Practitioner' post graduate diploma AND/OR oSuccessful completion of Certificate in Children's Wellbeing Practice (CWP), with post qualification experience as a CWP and experience of working in schools.
Experience Essential
  • 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 severe problems to rapidly access more specialist services.
  • Ability to conduct other group therapeutic interventions with children and their families

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