Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Fixed term for: 12 months whilst training
Closing date: Sunday 13 June 2021
Interview date: Week commencing 21 June 2021
For an informal discussion, please contact Fiona Skinner on 07895 213 951 or Lucy Hill on 07895 213 953 or email MHST.email@example.com
About the role
East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is recruiting 7 Trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP) to join our existing Mental Health Support Team (MHST) working with primary and secondary schools in Bexhill & Rother and a new team in Hastings.
This role includes a funded place on the Education Mental Health Practice PGDip with Sussex University. Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree or above. Full information can be found on the Sussex University website.
The MHS teams deliver evidence-based interventions based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic (CBT) approach in schools. We work directly with children and young people aged 7-17 with mild to moderate mental health issues, and their parents and carers. We also work with schools to develop or enhance their whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing and mental health. As an EMHP you will be working as part of a dynamic integrated mental health team. This approach requires creativity, flexibility, and adaptability, and above all a passion for working with children and young people in educational settings. You will receive clinical supervision to support your interventions and have the opportunity to develop your practice.
The Education Mental Health Practitioner role will:
- Work closely alongside a team of mental health professionals delivering a wide range of evidence informed interventions. This will include working one to one and delivering groupwork interventions.
- Use evidence-based skills to work directly with children, young people and families.
- Carry out holistic and child-centred mental health assessments, including risk assessments.
- Work within designated schools, developing relationships with the Mental Health lead in the school. Offer consultation on possible referrals to the service.
- Work within the safeguarding protocols of the schools.
For this role you will need:
- Passion and commitment for working with children and young people
- Understanding of children and young people’s mental health
- Knowledge of school systems
- Commitment to undertaking study at postgraduate level
- Strong organisational skills
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 with Sussex University, independent self-guided study days and experience gained in education settings.
Upon successful completion of the course and moderation panel, EMHPs will progress onto a permanent contract.
There are 3 roles available for Bexhill & Rother and 4 for Hastings. All will be based at Ocean House in Hastings.
Information about the MHSTs can be view here:
This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to http://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.
Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.