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Education Mental Health Practitioner PGDip

The Education Mental Health Practitioner PGDip course is in the first year running and only the trailblazer NHS sites can refer students on the new course. For more information on the trailblaze scheme, please visit the gov website or read the relevant news article.

How to Apply

Any interested applicants need to first apply for a job vacancy via the NHS jobs website and search for ‘Education Mental Health Practitioner’ or ‘Education Mental Health Worker’. Interested people should apply for the posts via these sites to get on the course. You are not able to apply directly to the University until you have been interviewed for the job post. The successful students will attend the University for the first year of their post.

The job applications are currently closed but interested applicants should watch the NHS jobs site for more information on the next recruitment job opportunities in the summer for a September 2019 start.

About the Course

The Education Mental Health Practitioner PGDip is a course for a new NHS role to support mental health in schools and colleges.

As part of mental health support teams, education mental health practitioners will work in both education and healthcare settings to support children and young people with mental ill health. The new roles support the Government’s priority of increasing access to and availability of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.

The Education Mental Health Practitioner PGDip is a one year 120 credit level 7 course. Trainees will learn low-intensity cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) informed interventions for children, young people, and their parents or carers.

Trainees will be supervised and supported to gain the necessary skills and abilities to deliver high-quality, evidence-based early interventions for children and young people experiencing mental health problems within their educational setting, referring them to specialist support as necessary.

Trainees will develop skills and knowledge in areas such as:

  • working with children, young people and their parents/carers to support self-management including development of plans for specific interventions and agreeing outcomes
  • learning to manage a caseload, gaining the necessary skills to practise 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.

Entry requirements

This is a ‘Recruit to Train’ programme, and students will be employed by a relevant CAMHS setting and work in partner schools and/or colleges as they study. Given the specialist and bespoke nature of this degree, prospective students will initially be identified through the joint action of the University of Northampton programme leader, and participating NHS services and linked organisations, through an open recruitment process.

Applicants must demonstrate 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. Experience of working with children and young people and an understanding of the education system in England is highly desirable.

Supervision Commitment

Students will receive two types of supervision through the course of this programme. In the workplace they will receive clinical supervision from an appropriately qualified and experienced supervisor. This supervisor will ensure that students are building appropriate skills and practicing safely. Students will need to determine practice supervisors before coming on the course.

In the University context, you will receive ‘HEI Supervision’. This involves working in small groups with cases presented, and reflecting on the interface of theory and practice together.

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