PG Diploma Educational Mental Health Practitioner
This programme is a shared initiative between the Department of Education and Department of Health and supports the government’s priority to increase access of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. The new Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people in educational settings in England such as schools and colleges.
This is a full time employment training programme. On completion of this year long programme, trainees will qualify as an Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP). This is a new role where EMHPs will play a key role in promoting emotional well-being in educational settings. They will work as part of the new Mental Health Support Teams as outlined in Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper.
The EMHP programme trains well-being practitioners to offer low intensity evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health difficulties in educational settings. This includes group interventions and psychoeducation workshops.
How do I apply?
The EMHP job advert is now live on NHSJobs.
- There are 8 different regional posts advertising EMHP training places at various different universities across the country.
- This includes two London adverts, separated due to there being two different London universities delivering the EMHP programme to trainees based in CYP wellbeing services across London and Essex.
- If you would like to be based within a team across London and Essex please apply to either of the following links:
For a EMHP training place at UCL/The Anna Freud Centre: Please apply via this link https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915625949 . Following this, the UCL/AFC EMHP recruitment team will be in touch with more instructions regarding stage 2 of the application process. Job Reference: 984-NAT-NAT-1-5743
For a EMHP training place at Kings College London: Please apply via this link https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915625946 Job Reference: 984-NAT-NAT-1-5744
All trainees will undertake this programme alongside employment in a Mental Health Support Team trailblazer site. N.B. Any students applying for this programme need to also secure a relevant EMHP post with a Mental Health Support Team Trailblazer site that is linked to either UCL or KCL.
Candidates interested in the EMHP programme are advised to regularly monitor the London and South East CYP-IAPT Learning Collaborative web page and NHS jobs (https://www.jobs.nhs.uk) for further information.
For further details, please read UCL’s EMHP Recruitment Pack
Candidates interested in the programme are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.
On successful completion of training, EMHPs will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to offer low intensity evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health difficulties in educational settings. Following completion of the programme, the expectation is that EMHPs will work in the new Mental Health Support Teams who will provide emotional wellbeing support directly to schools.
Who can apply?
Applicants are required to show evidence of ability to study successfully at postgraduate level and evidence of prior experience working with children and young people is preferred.
Although not essential, it would also be preferable if applicants could demonstrate a broad understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues combined with an ability to form a good helping relationship with children and young people facing such problems.
For further information about the programme, including content, structure and fees or to make an application, please visit the UCL website.