Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
NHS AfC: Band 5
At MPFT we pride ourselves on staff wellbeing and development and can we offer you:
- Our SOOTHE resources - supporting staff across the trust with their physical, mental and financial health. In addition to the support offered from our occupational health provider Team Prevent.
- Counselling support and lifestyle information with advice on a variety of personal matters
- “In our Gift” providing a platform for your voice to be heard to inform change
- The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
- Opportunities for flexible working (depending on the role)
- Career development opportunities and coaching plus access to in house training programs
- Innovative research training program entitled STARS (Supporting the advancement of Research Skills)
- Child Care Vouchers Scheme
- Recognition and engagement through our staff LOVE awards, LOVE long service awards and Staff Engagement Surveys
- NHS discounts available via the Blue Card and Red Guava schemes
Main duties of the job
We are looking for a qualified Education Mental Health Practitioner to work as part of our East Staffordshire Mental Health Support Team (MHST). The post holder will:
- Deliver evidence-based, early intervention for children and young people in education settings with mild to moderate mental health presentations, working with a range of professionals to direct best practice, in a holistic, and child centred way.
- Help children and young people within these settings who present with more severe problems to rapidly access more specialist services.
- Support and facilitate staff in education settings to identify mental health and wellbeing needs, promoting a Whole School Approach and embedding a positive ethos and attitude to mental health and wellbeing.
This is an opportunity to be involved in an established team within the wider CAMHS structure, as a joint initiative between health and education. The post holder will work across the East Staffordshire locality as well as supporting other MHSTs across South Staffordshire. You will work with a variety of agencies to ensure a quality service is provided. You will work alongside the team to deliver parent, staff well-being, 1:1 and group work sessions. You must be a qualified Education Mental Health Practitioner and have obtained the relevant EMHP Post Graduate Diploma qualification following the completion of a CYP IAPT approved training in Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment for Children and Young People (C&Y IAPT).
Working for our organisation
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.
Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.
We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- Delivering evidence-based intervention for children and young people in education setting with mild to moderate mental health problems.
- Helping children and young people within these settings who present with more severe problems to rapidly access more specialist services.
- Supporting and facilitating staff in education settings to identify and where appropriate manage issues related to mental health and wellbeing.
- Working with and within education environments to afford better access to specialist mental health services.
- And to use the acquired skills, knowledge and abilities to deliver a service based within education settings that builds on and reinforces but does not replace those initiatives that already exist within these environments.
Main duties and 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 post holder 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 post holder.
- Provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments, primarily guided self-help.
- Practice, evidence and demonstrate an ability to manage one’s 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.
- Successful completion of the HEE commissioned 1yr ‘Education Mental Health Practitioner’ course.
- A further relevant degree qualification. Teaching qualification. Youth Mental Health First Aid trained.
- Experience of working with children and young people, their families and others. 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 working with affective (mood) disorders. Experience of the delivery of specific therapeutic interventions to children, young people or their families (e.g. CBT, solution focused brief therapy).
- Experience of working with children and their families in a healthcare setting. Experience of working with children and their families in an education setting. 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. Experience of working with looked after children. Experience of working with other vulnerable groups.
- 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. Ability to work within educational settings to increase mental health awareness within the staff group. Ability to conduct mental health assessments of children and young people. Ability to make an assessment of risk and to record and communicate it appropriately. Ability take appropriate action to mitigate or manage risk. Knowledge of educational environments. Knowledge of safeguarding issues. Knowledge of capacity and consent issues including Gillick competence.
- Ability to teach others about mental health issues. Ability to conduct other group therapeutic interventions with children and their families. Knowledge of the functional operation of specialist CAMHS teams.
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Nicola Fappiano
- Job title
- Team Lead East Staffs MHST
- Email address
- Telephone number