Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)
Rationale for the Programme
In line with the government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working across both educational settings and healthcare sectors in England.
Qualifications and Entry Level Requirements
Successful candidates will be offered a full-time educational programme specifically for the role, funded at NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) Band 4 level, gaining credits towards either a degree or diploma level qualification (depending on level of previous academic study), plus employment on successful completion of training, with a starting salary projected to be based on the NHS AfC Band 5 scale.
All applicants must demonstrate in their application the ability to work at degree level or have an equivalent level of relevant experience, with a proven record of previous learning or formal study in child development, wellbeing or mental health. Further to that experience of working with children and young people and an understanding of the educational system in England is highly desirable.
About the Programme
The training programme for this post is 12 months in duration and will consist of academic and supervised practice learning across mental health services and educational settings, such as primary and secondary schools, and further education colleges.
Delivery of the programme will be provided through a combination of taught days provided by the Psychological Therapies Training Centre, independent self-guided study days and experience gained in education wellbeing and mainstream mental health services.
During training, the post-holder will work under supervision to gain experience across healthcare and educational settings to enable them to gain the level of competence required to deliver high-quality, evidence-based early interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.
The training course is divided into 6 modules, developing skills and knowledge in areas such as:
- Working with children, young people and their parents/carers to support self-management including development of plans for specific interventions and agreeing outcomes;
- Learning to manage own caseload, gaining the necessary skills to practice a range of interventions such as guided self-help;
- Preparing and presenting caseload information to supervisors;
- Working with colleagues to provide better access to specialist mental health services and supporting referrals where required;
- Supporting colleagues in education to identify and manage issues related to mental health and wellbeing.
Purpose of the Programme
On successful completion of training, trainee EMHPs will be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and capabilities to work as a qualified EMHP as autonomous and responsible practitioners within their scope of practice, alongside education colleagues.
EMHPs will play a key role as members of the new Mental Health Support Teams, who will have the responsibility for delivering schools’ overarching approach to providing mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.
How to Apply
The EMHP roles will be advertised on NHS Jobs as a Band 4 Training Role.
We will update this site when we can confirm the next recruitment phase.