Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner - COVID-19 in Stoke-on-Trent

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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is a high performing provider of integrated health and care, providing physical and mental health, learning disabilities and adult social care services. Employing 8,500 staff with a turnover of £490m, the majority of our services are delivered in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, however our Inclusion services can be found across the country. Our inclusive organisation has received excellent 2020/21 staff opinion survey results and has recently been short-listed for two prestigious HSJ Awards.

For further information, please click on Trust name above and take a look at our Benefits Leaflet.

The Trust works in partnership with the NHS programme ‘Step into Health’, supporting ex-service personnel into a career in the NHS


Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)


Stafford & Surrounds


An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Mental Health Function of the Children and Families Care Group, in Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust, they are recruiting to four Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner roles.


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.


In partnership with the University of Derby, 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 a Post-Graduate Diploma level qualification, plus employment on successful completion of training and a second interview, with a starting salary projected to be based on the NHS AfC 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 January 2022, 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.

The training will be delivered by the University of Derby and successful applicants will be supporting schools within Stafford, with a staff base in Cannock, and may involve some travel within the South Staffordshire region.

Delivery of the programme will be provided through a combination of taught days, 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 4 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, who will have the responsibility for delivering schools’ overarching approach to providing mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people from January 2022.

For further information, please contact: Rachel Rayner or Sarbjit O’Brien, Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust and Sarbjit.O'


Closing date for applications: 10th October 2021. Interviews will be taking place week commencing: 15th November 2021 via MSTeams. As part of the shortlisting process you may be contacted to complete a task.


Please note: We anticipate a high volume of applications for this post and will close the vacancy once a sufficient number of applications have been received so would advise you to submit an application at the earliest opportunity. We will not be able to accept any further applications once the vacancy has closed.

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