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Education Mental Health Practitioner Trainee

Band 4

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Education Mental Health Practitioner Trainee
Band 4
2 year fixed term
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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£21,089 - £23,761 per annum pro rata
20/09/2019 23:59

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

The new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are based in schools and colleges to support children and young people. In Kent we have two MHSTs (in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley and in Swale) already being established with the first cohort of new staff (Education Mental Health Practitioners; EMHPs) on track to complete their training at King’s College London in December. We are delighted to announce that Kent CYPMHS has been successful in securing two further trailblazer sites and that from January 2020 we will be setting up new MHSTs in Maidstone and Canterbury.  Nationally, it is intended that the new MHSTs will work with a fifth to a quarter of schools and colleges in England by 2023 (each MHST supports approx. 15-20 schools/ colleges and approx. 7,000 – 8,000 pupils).

The teams will build on the support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector to support those with mild to moderate mental health issues in school and will help children and young people with more severe needs to access the right support and provide a link to the NHS – in Kent this is CYPMHS.

The Department for Education will also fund training for senior mental health leads in schools and colleges. The MHSTs will work closely with these leads to support schools to develop a ‘whole school approach to emotional wellbeing and mental health’.

EMHP role & training

EMHPs will play a key role as members of the new Mental Health Support Teams. EMHPs will work within CYPMHS as part of a MHST delivering, under the supervision, high-quality, brief outcome focused evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties in and around schools.  

The successful candidates will be required to undertake post-graduate diploma level training for 1 year, in partnership with Kings College London (KCL). Part of this role is a requirement to travel to the university regularly for an element of the training from the service where the candidate is based.

The training programme for this post starts in January 2020, 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.

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.

During training, the post-holder will work with 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. Supervision will be provided by qualified and highly experienced children and young people’s mental health clinicians.

Important notes regarding application process


As this is a full time training post, initially you will apply for the training post, just as you would with any other job application. However, at the same time you will need to make a separate application to the university via the King’s College London application portal. 

You will need to be successful in both applications to be offered the post.


For further information, please contact: Dr Virginia Lumsden (Clinical Lead – North Kent Trailblazer Programme) or Dr Rebecca Holman (Clinical Supervisor – North Kent Trailblazer Programme).


Closing date for applications: Friday 20 September 2019.


Applications  are for the Maidstone and Canterbury & Coastal CCG areas


Interviews will be taking place from 7-9 October 2019. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we are unable to offer any alternative dates.  

Successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis on a two-year fixed-term contract by North East London NHS Foundation Trust. This post will be funded at NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) mid-point Band 4 level, 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 AfC Band 5 scale.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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