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Educational Mental Health Practitioner 2019

PG Diploma Educational Mental Health Practitioner

The EMHP applications for the September 2019 intake are now closed. For the January 2020 intake, EMHP job advert are expected to go live on NHSJobs.

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 applications for the September 2019 intake are now closed.

For the January 2020 intake, EMHP job adverts are expected to go live on NHSJobs via the different CYP services (NHS, Local Authority or Third Sector). 

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 ( 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.

Further Information

For further information about the programme, including content, structure and fees or to make an application, please visit the UCL website.



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On My Mind – New Youth Website

Our new youth website On My Mind is available to access online. Please share with whoever you feel would be interested.

On My Mind has been launched to help young people have more engagement in mental health support and to give them a greater say in the treatment they receive and the outcomes they desire. We have published a news story on our website, which you can read for more information.

We have co-produced On My Mind with young people, including our Young Champions, and it has been clinically approved by the Centre. The website is primarily for young people aged 11-25, but it is also a resource for GPs, schools or parents who can signpost young people to the website.

The new website has nine digital resources, seven of which have gone live today with the other two following in November. The resources include:

  • Youth Wellbeing Directory: a directory of free mental health services and support across the UK for children and young people up to age 25.
  • Jargon Buster: a list of mental health words, terms or phrases and what they mean: written by young people in association with the Centre’s clinical team.
  • Receiving Support: videos and Q&As to help young people know what to expect from working with a service and make meaningful choices about their treatment options.
  • Understanding Referrals: videos and Q&As breaking down the referral process for young people.
  • Helping Someone Else: tips and advice from young people about how to help a friend or family member including how to look after your own wellbeing in that situation.
  • Know Your Rights: a section detailing young people’s rights when seeking support, written by other young people.
  • Understanding Treatment: a digital tool for those with a diagnosis to identify what treatments are available to them and what the evidence says about each treatment.
  • Self-care: a list of 85 self-care activities young people have said help them manage their own mental health and wellbeing.
  • Get Involved: details of any research young people can get involved in including profiles of our Young Champions and the projects they’re involved in.

As part of the self-care section we will be using a survey, Help us help others, to find out what young people aged 11-25 do to help themselves. Parents and carers can take part too by telling us which approaches their child has tried and what they recommend to others. Please share the survey with whoever you feel would be interested.

We would like to encourage staff to support the website and share social media posts using the hashtag #OnMyMind. We would especially like staff to support #SelfcareSunday. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for updates: @AFNCCF.