Proposed Salary £21,089 £23,761 A Year
Career Level Managerial
Experience 2 Years
Qualifications Associate Degree
In line with the government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the new 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.
Successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis whilst in training by and based with Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where the Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) would be located to deliver mental health support across a range of educational settings on the Wirral. CWP has been successful in gaining 3 MHSTs as part of Wave 1. There will be a requirement to travel to the university (Prestwich) for the training element.
Successful candidates will be offered a full-time educational programme specifically for the role in partnership with the Greater Manchester Psychological Therapies Training Centre (GMPTTC), Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust /University of Manchester. This post will be funded at NHS T&Cs 2019 Band 4 scale, gaining credits towards either a degree or diploma level qualification (depending on level of previous academic study), plus guaranteed employment on completion of training, with a starting salary projected to be based on the NHS T&CS 2019 Band 5 scale.
To enable this, 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.
The training programme for this post starts in September 2019, 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 within a University, 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.
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 (MHSTs), who will have the responsibility for delivering schools’ overarching approach to providing mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.
Please find attached the job description and person/role specification.
For further details contact:
Mark Bunnell – [email protected]
Closing date for applications: Thursday 15th August 2019.
Interviews will be taking place : Tuesday 20th August 2019 – Chester
Please note that as this role is intended to rapidly increase the numbers of trained staff available to support children and young people, Wellbeing Practitioners for Children and Young People (CYPWPs) are not currently permitted to apply for this training programme.
We reserve the right to bring the closing date forward for this vacancy at any time should we receive an overwhelming number of applications. We therefore encourage applicants to apply early if you wish to be considered for this post.