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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 02/08/2021.

Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner

Job Reference: 325-A-21-121589

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Early Intervention/Children and Young People Service
£22,986 - £25,364 inc fringe HCA

This post will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received

Mental Health Support Teams in Surrey – Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)

The role

As part of the second wave of expressions of interest to deliver Mental Health Support Teams in Schools, we are delighted to announce that Surrey was successful in obtaining its first MHST teams last year. Our three sites are located in the boroughs of Epsom, Spelthorne and Surrey Heath. We currently have EMHP’s completing their training in each of these sites, however vacancies have arisen in these Teams.

We invite you to consider being involved in this exciting opportunity to help to deliver the governments vision and commitment to develop integrated mental health teams in schools.

Building on existing 'whole school approaches’ to mental health and wellbeing, Surrey is developing new Mental Health Support Teams (MHST’s) to work with selected primary and secondary schools to increase access to mental health interventions for children and young people up to the age of 18 years.

Our MHSTs will support families and young people with an emerging or mild mental health problem. Each MHST will be co-located in schools, operating from one of the main geographical hubs, with services delivered across the cluster of schools for each area.

Our MHSTs will deliver evidence-based interventions based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic (CBT) approach in schools. We will work directly with children and young people aged 5-18 with mild to moderate mental health issues, and their parents and carers. We will also work with schools to develop or enhance their whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing and mental health. As a trainee EMHP you will be expected to work under supervision as part of a dynamic integrated mental health team. This approach requires creativity, flexibility and adaptability, and above all a passion for working with children and young people in educational settings.

About you

This exciting opportunity means we are looking to recruit additional Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner to join our existing MHSTs in Surrey. Training will be provided at Sussex University who will be involved in recruitment.

You will spend two days a week studying at the University of Sussex and three days on placement in schools. Over the course of the training year you will, under supervision, develop knowledge and practice skills to employ a range of evidence based interventions for common mental health problems via direct individual and group support for children, young people and their parents, in line with the university expectations.

We are looking for measured, inspiring, motivated, dynamic, experienced, forward thinking practitioners who are flexible and able to work effectively with partners in education, multiagency partners, children, young people and their families.

The Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner role will:

  • Work closely alongside a team of mental health professionals delivering a wide range of evidence informed interventions, under supervision.
  • Develop and practice evidence-based skills under supervision to work directly with children, young people and families.
  • Develop and practice evidence-based skills under supervision to carry out holistic and child-centered mental health assessments, including risk assessments.


The Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner is required to:

  • Demonstrate 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
  • 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 mental health difficulties

For more information and a confidential discussion please contact Dr Laura Smith, Clinical Lead for Surrey Heath MHST – or Siobhan Childs, Clinical Lead for Epsom and Spelthorne MHST –

Please note: The trainee EMHP posts are training positions. Successful candidates will apply to Sussex University for a place on the PG Dip in Education Mental Health Practice, starting in September 2021.

Please note: You will be required to travel between various sites/schools for this role so having a driving license and access to a car is desirable.

Previous applications from 2021 need not apply.

Please note we are expecting a large number of applications for these posts so the closing date may be brought forward if sufficient applications are received.

Interviews dates are TBC.

Please note that all salaries shown are based on whole time of 37.5 hours per week for non-medical roles and 40 hours per week for medical roles, part time roles are pro-rated accordingly.

The Trust aims to ensure that no job applicant or employee is unfairly disadvantaged on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status/civil partnership, religion/belief or trade union status. The Trust is committed to the employment and career development of people from ethnic minority backgrounds and people with disabilities.

The Trust would encourage applications from people who have experience of using Mental Health & Learning Disability Services.

We reserve the right to close this post early should we be overwhelmed by applications. Please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible to ensure it is considered in the selection process. If you have a disability and can demonstrate that closing this post early would impact on your ability to submit an application in time, please do not hesitate to contact us to make an offline application within the original timeframe.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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