Location: Somerset

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the expanding Somerset Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) jointly delivered by Young Somerset and Somerset CAMHS, working in partnership with Education and Somerset County Council.

In line with the government’s priority to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the expanding MHST and 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.

Successful candidates will be employed on a full-time basis and will be hosted within a Somerset Partnership School, as a part of the MHST. The teams will deliver mental health support to 5–16 year olds across a range of educational settings in Somerset, also based within a commutable distance from the university. This means that this role requires travel to and from Bristol University for training from the candidate’s base.

Successful candidates will be offered a full-time educational programme delivered specifically for the role in partnership with the University of Exeter. We are not able to offer a trainee post on a part-time basis. Due to the location of the employing services, the training will be delivered by Exeter University at their Bristol Campus. 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.

To enable this, all applicants must demonstrate in their application the ability to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to work at university 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
  • Have experience of working with children, young people and their families
  • Have experience of working and liaising with a wide variety of agencies and stakeholders
  • Have experience of working with children and young people who have social, emotional and/or mental health difficulties is also highly desirable.

The training programme for this post starts in January 2022 and, is 12 months in duration. It will consist of academic and supervised practice learning across mental health services and educational settings, such as primary and secondary schools.

Delivery of the programme will be provided through a combination of taught days (both in person and virtually) within University, 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 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.

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.

Before applying:

Application Process

  • Please send completed application forms to [email protected] We do not accept a CV unless accompanied by a completed Young Somerset application form. 
  • Closing date for applications: 24th September by 12 noon
  • This is a two-stage selection process:
    • First round of interviews will take place in person on 5th October 2021
    • Shortlisted candidate interviews will take place in person on 12th & 14th October 2021

As these posts fully fund the one-year training and salary costs it is important to us as a system that we sustain successful applicants. As such, successful candidates are expected to remain in their posts for at least one year post completion in order to maximise the benefit of this training for local children and young people. Successful applicants will be asked to sign a training agreement.

As an organisation, Young Somerset are committed to safeguarding all staff, young people, and stakeholders in our care.  We take safeguarding seriously. All our staff are trained and updated regularly to ensure safeguarding is part of our culture.

We reserve the right to bring the closing date forward for this vacancy at any time should we receive an overwhelming number of applications. We therefore encourage applicants to apply early if you wish to be considered for this post.