Job Description

Job Reference: 267-OM3580438

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxfordshire Mental Health Services
£22,549 – £24,882 per annum

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Wiltshire Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is excited to be recruiting further trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (trainee EMHPs) to join our team from January 2022.

About the team

Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) have been set-up in response the Government’s 2017 Green Paper. They aim to increase access and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. The 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 and health settings.

From January 2022, the Wiltshire MHST will be expanding further, to offer a service to more schools across the county of Wiltshire. Our service is divided into four smaller teams (a mixture of trainee EMHPs and qualified EMHPs) covering different areas of Wiltshire. Please be aware that our Wiltshire services covers a large geographical area, so it is crucial that the successful candidate can travel across the locality, as well as travel to training on days when this is delivered face to face.

About the role

We are recruiting trainee EMHPs to join our Wiltshire MHST as part of the ‘Wave 6’ expansion. These are fixed term Band 4 training posts, with the view to progress into a permanent Band 5 position upon successful completion of training

If appointed, you will need to be able to start the training/clinical post towards the end of January 2022. Please acknowledge in your application that you will be able to start on the above date, as this will be part of the shortlisting criteria.

If appointed, you will be an employee of Oxford Health, but will be required to complete training with the University of Exeter.

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.

On successful completion of training, you will be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and capabilities to work as a qualified EMHP and an autonomous and responsible practitioner within the scope of practice, alongside education colleagues.

EMHPs will play a key role as members of the Mental Health Support Team, who will have the responsibility for delivering schools’ overarching approach to providing mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.


About the training

The EMHP training programme is delivered by the University of Exeter, with trainees gaining credits towards either a degree or diploma level qualification (depending on the level of previous academic study). To enable thisthe applicant must demonstrate in their application the ability to work at 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. Further to this, the experience of working with children and young people and an understanding of the educational system in England is highly desirable.

The January 2022 cohort will be taught in Bristol, through a mixture of face-to-face teaching and online teaching.

Delivery of the programme will be provided through a combination of taught days, independent self-guided study days and experience gained in education wellbeing and mainstream mental health services.

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 the 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.

*Please note: The closing date is a guide only. Due to the expected volume of applications, this the vacancy will close once sufficient applications are received. You are encouraged to apply early.*

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Debbie Hurry

Job title: Clinical Team Manager

Email address:

Telephone number: 07867142116

Additional contact information:

Dr Cara Haines

M: 07901 515809 | E:

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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