Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)

About 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.  This programme is part of the national Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) initiative.

This Postgraduate Diploma is a new 120 credit Masters-Level training programme and we are in the process of seeking validation as part of our in Collaborative Partnership agreement with the School of Health Sciences within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, at The University of Manchester. We expect that the programme will be validated by the end of the first year and that this will be applied retrospectively. We are also intending to seek professional accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS) within the first year.

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.

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.


Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of evidence-based interventions, specifically low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) based interventions and parenting approaches informed by Social Learning Theory (SLT).  The programme will aim to provide an equal balance between theoretical knowledge of CBT and SLT and opportunities to apply theory to clinical practice.

Specific programme aims are:

To familiarise students with the core principles of the CYP IAPT service transformation, and apply these to their work with CYP.

To familiarise students with the context of educational systems, develop skills of recognizing mental health issues within educational settings and support CYP and educational professionals with supporting and promoting mental health in an evidence-based way.

To provide students with a thorough grounding in the Department of Health curriculum for EMHP.

To develop student’s understanding and clinical competency in engaging, assessing and delivering the low intensity clinical method and enable them to adapt their practice to work effectively with children and young people (CYP), with common mental health difficulties and their parents/carers and professionals.

To provide students with the foundations to establish a commitment to continuing professional development and becoming an evidence-based practitioner.

To provide students with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

To develop student’s understanding of the legislative and policy frameworks, how schools / colleges are organised and challenges working with mental health issues in an educational setting.

To develop student’s understanding of common problems and experiences (including common areas of adversity and disadvantage) and support education of staff through training, implementing peer mentoring approaches and supporting classroom management in education settings.

To develop student’s understanding and clinical competency in consultation skills will provide a framework for the EMHP to offer consultation to staff in relation to specific groups of children or young people, or in relation to individual children.

Programme Participants

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. 

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.

Please be aware that this is not just a training programme, if successful you will be required to give up your current job to take on this trainee role.

Training Component

The training component is in the form of lectures, workshops and skills practice.  There are approximately 60 days of teaching. Following the initial induction, attendance will mainly be two days a week on a Thursday & Friday over three terms.

How to Apply

The EMHP roles will be advertised on NHS Jobs as a Band 4 Training Role. 

To get an alert when this trainee post is advertised, you need to be registered with NHS Jobs. There you can create a search for this role in My Searches. 

Programme Administrator

Stephanie (Stef) Walton and Vickie Molyneaux

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