Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
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Full-Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week
Our Future in Mind MHST (Mental Health Support Team) is a growing and developing service which provides early intervention to improve the lives of children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.
We are looking to recruit 8 Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners to join our friendly and supportive team. Successful candidates will be employed within Wakefield CAMHS, on a band 4 one-year training contract and on successful completion of the training will transfer to a band 5 permanent contract. The role will be based within education settings in Wakefield and the first-year part time study will be at Sheffield University.
All applicants must hold a level 6 qualification and have experience of working with children and young people, an understanding of the educational system is desirable.
The interview process will have 3 stages, service interview, 600-word assignment and university interview. Service interviews will be held 27th and 28th September.
All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients
Main duties of the job
Responsibilities of the Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner include:
- Completing Sheffield Universitys one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP).
- Delivering and recording accurate assessments including risk assessments.
- Delivering evidenced based interventions to children, young people, parents/carers through individual and group work.
- Delivering psychoeducation sessions to children, young people, parents/carers through assemblies, classroom, and parent sessions.
- Ensuring children/young people play an active part in decision making about the support they need.
- Providing advice/consultation to education staff to support children/young people getting the right help at the right time.
- Supporting education settings in developing and embedding whole school approaches to mental health through collaboration and coproduction with the school community.
- Participating in the delivery of training programmes for education settings and community services.
We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.
Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.
We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.
Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.
Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.
We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.
In line with the governments 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.
Successful candidates will be employed full-time and based in Wakefield Mental Health Support Team, which will be responsible for the delivery of mental health support across a range of educational settings in the region. For part of this role there will be a requirement to travel to Sheffield Trust for the teaching element of the training.
This post will be funded at NHS T&Cs 2021 Band 4 scale, in pay band 4 bottom 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 2021 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 February 2024, 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 at Sheffield, independent self-guided study days and experience gained in education wellbeing and mainstream mental health services.
During training, the post-holder will work under close 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.
For the duration of the training year, EMHPs will attend both Higher Education Institution (HEI) in addition to working in services (and educational settings linked to that service) for the remaining days each week.
On successful completion of training, trainee EMHPs will be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and capabilities to work as a qualified EMHP within the Mental Health Support Team.
Under supervision develop knowledge and practice skills in:
- Delivering evidence-based interventions for children and young people, with mild to moderate mental health problems, in education settings.
- 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 educational environments to afford better access to specialist mental health services.
- To evidence development of those skills with associated knowledge acquisition to record and evidence progression towards an academic award and demonstrable practical ability.
- Be educationally supervised, supported and assessed whilst delivering outcome focused, evidence-based interventions in educational settings for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
- Developing skills in supporting children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, their parents/carers, families and educators in the self-management of presenting difficulties.
- Developing and practicing evidence-based skills under supervisory support of working in partnership with children, young people, their families and educators in the development of plans for the specific intervention and agreeing outcomes.
- Developing and learning the skills required in order to enable children and young people in education, and where appropriate parents/carers to collaborate and determine an agreed plan of care.
- Show evidence in a variety of forms that assessment and intervention is provided from an inclusive values base, which recognizes and respects diversity.
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