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Schools Mental Health Practitioner
Fixed term: 1 year
Full time
Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing & Hounslow Mind
Employer type
Public (Non NHS)
Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind
£29,888 pa
21/04/2021 23:59

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Schools Mental Health (MH) Practitioner

Job Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a fully qualified CYP MH Practitioner to work within a multi-disciplinary, early intervention Mental Health Support Team (MHST) to increase and improve emotional wellbeing and mental health provision within education settings for 5-25 year olds. You will be working within a successful Trailblazer site, which has emerged out of the governments December 2017 plans: Transforming Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper. Applications encouraged from: Child Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs), Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), CYP Practitioners with a CYP IAPT qualification.

Main duties of the job

You will have an active caseload of children and adolescents with mild moderate emotional and mental health difficulties and will deliver evidence-based 1:1 and group interventions, employing the principles underpinning the national CYP-IAPT programme (Children and Young Peoples Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). Low intensity interventions (e.g. CBT guided self-help) will be delivered in a range of education settings (primary, secondary, special, alternative provision and sixth form and further education colleges). This will range from delivering evidence-based interventions for CYP and parents/carers in education settings, with mild moderate presentations, to providing psychoeducation and training for a range of stakeholders, including children and young people, parents/carers and education staff, promoting a whole school approach to mental health.

About us

Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind

We provide support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services and are committed to empowering local residents, promoting wellbeing and supporting recovery.

We provide advocacy, youth services, emergency services counselling, employment support, mental health networks and mental health training for employers.

Job Description

Job responsibilities

  • Delivering Interventions and Client Care
  • Assess and develop evidence-based intervention plans to meet the mild - moderate needs of CYP with a range of mild moderate emotional and mental health difficulties, with the support of your supervisor
  • Work in partnership with children, young people, their families and educators in the development of their intervention plans, agreeing interventions and outcomes
  • Support children and young people, their parents/carers, families and educators in the self-management of presenting difficulties
  • Deliver evidence-based, low intensity 1:1 and group interventions for CYP aged 5-25 with mild moderate emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Ensure that at all times assessment and intervention are provided from an inclusive values base, which recognises and respects diversity
  • Undertake accurate assessments of risk to self and others, with support from your supervisor
  • Screen, triage and make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, referring unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary
  • Maintain comprehensive records of all training and intervention activity
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection and report clinical outcomes and service access data into the digital patient record system, CYP IAPTUS
  • Adhere to the protocols within the education settings to which the post-holder is attached
  • Deliver psychoeducation and training workshops and programmes to children, young people, parents/carers and education staff
  • Signpost referrals for children and young people with more complex needs to relevant services
  • Engage in regular 1:1 line-managerial and clinical supervision
  • Practice, evidence, reflect on and demonstrate an ability to manage ones own caseload in conjunction with the requirements of the team
  • Attend multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings relating to referrals and children and young people in treatment
  • Show evidence of working within a collaborative approach, involving a range of relevant others when indicated. Specifically, work in collaboration with teachers and other education staff, parents, children, young people and the wider community to enhance and broaden access to mental health services
  • Contribute to the development of individual or group intervention materials or training materials
  • Monitor and track progress against access targets for your caseload and develop plans with your supervisor to reach access targets
  • Develop a local knowledge of the locality and its services and facilities, particularly in relation to mental health issues

Person Specification



  • Direct experience delivering interventions for CYP aged 5-25 with mild moderate mental health difficulties
  • Experience of routine outcome monitoring
  • Experience of clinical risk assessment
  • Understanding of child development and psychosocial influences
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary mental health team
  • Experience handling safeguarding concerns for CYP and adults
  • Experience working in education settings
  • Experience engaging a range of stakeholders (young people, families, mental health providers, schools etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Experience of using Microsoft Office package


  • Experience using CYP IAPTUS patient record system
  • Experience of working with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions



  • Hold a current qualification from an accredited body to deliver evidence-based interventions for CYP

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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