Education Mental Health Practitioner – Torquay, Devon

Education Mental Health Practitioner

Devon Partnership Trust

Torquay, Devon


Job Description:

We are excited to
be part of the National Trailblazer Mental Health Support Team in NHS Children
and Family Health Devon. This team is located in Torbay covering a range of
primary and secondary schools. We are looking for a trained Education Mental
Health Practitioner to join this fast developing service.

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.

candidates will be employed full-time and based in Mental Health Support Teams,
which will be responsible for the delivery of mental health support across a
range of educational settings in the regions.

You will have already
completed and passed the Education Mental Health Practitioner Training or
completed the Children Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP) Training and have extensive
experience working in schools with the ability to demonstrate this and the
Whole School Approach model at interview.

Main duties of the job

To provide emotional and mental health assessments and evidenced-based therapeutic interventions to children/young people and their families who have been referred with a range of emotional and mental health difficulties. To provide support to the school community developing and building on their whole school approach.

Within this role the post holder will:-

Hold an appropriate caseload and undertake a key worker role for children with emotional and mental health needs in the community.

Using a strengths-based approach; ensure clinical effectiveness through the use of evidence-based interventions, goal-based, collaborative practice and routine outcome measures.

With supervision, undertake assessments, including risk assessments, contribute to care planning and deliver evidence-based interventions in collaboration with children/young people and families/carers.

Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team offering early help in community settings and offering a range of individual, group and family focussed evidence-based interventions.

Provide support to, and work with, other professionals across agencies in the community including health, social care and education, to meet the needs of children/young people and families/carers.

Ensure clinical effectiveness through the use of evidence-based interventions, goal-based, collaborative practice and routine outcome measures.

About us

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of six NHS
organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and
young people in Devon. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure
to deliver locality-placed based, integrated access to all of our services,
based on the i-Thrive Framework, in response to wide-ranging consultation with
our service users and communities.

CFHD works
closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula
Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in
addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training. We actively
engage service users and their families in co-design which is facilitated by a
dedicated young persons lead role who also works closely with Young Devon who
provide additional co-design and feedback through the Devon young peoples
champions group.

Children and Young People say

would like the people who work for Child and Family Health Devon to be
understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us
feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and
experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way.
When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that
is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description and person specification in the supporting documents of this job advert.

Person Specification



CYP IAPT accredited Education Mental Health Practitioner Training

Training in an evidence-based therapeutic approach.


Evidence of relevant CPD.



Experience of engaging/ working with children, young people, families and carers with mental health needs and undertaking specialist mental health assessments in the community, including risk assessments

Experience of providing evidence-based therapeutic interventions for children and young people with mental health problems.

Experience of collaborative working in community settings, with professionals across a range of agencies in health, social care and education.

Knowledge, skills and abilities


Ability to travel.

Ability to manage and process emotionally distressing information, seeking support as required.

The ability to work collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, adapting your approach according to the individual needs of the child to demonstrate excellent communication and interaction skills.

Knowledge of mental health presentations and evidencebased clinical interventions.

Understanding of the use in practice of assessment tools, Routine Outcome Measures and goal-based care.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Children & Family Health Devon

Bittern Road

Sowton Industrial Estate



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Contact information:

Senior Operations Manager

Holly Billington

[email protected]