Could you be an education mental health practitioner?

Training for the next cohort of new roles to support mental health in schools and colleges is underway, and future programmes will start in September 2020 and January 2021.

As part of the development of mental health support teams, new education mental health practitioners (EMHPs) will work across education and healthcare settings to provide early intervention mental health support for children and young people in schools and colleges. These new roles support the Government's priority of increasing access to and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. The first intakes of training proved very successful. 


The year-long course

Successful candidates are being offered a 12 month full-time education programme through a combination of study at university and supervised practice learning experience, gaining knowledge and understanding across both education and mental health services.

Trainees will be supervised and supported to gain the necessary skills and abilities to deliver high-quality, evidence-based early interventions for children and young people experiencing mental health problems within their educational setting, and referring on to specialist support as necessary.

The training will be funded at the equivalent of Agenda for Change Band 4 and candidates will gain academic credit at postgraduate level. Once they've successfully completed the training, they'll be: 

What candidates will learn

The course will be divided into six modules so that candidates develop skills and knowledge in areas such as: 

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements are set by each university so it's important to check carefully. 

However, all applicants must 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 and a good understanding of the education system in England is highly desirable.

Further information

The next Education Mental Health Practitioner programme will start in September 2020 and January 2021.

For future EMHP opportunities please visit the NHS Jobs website.

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