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West and Central Lancashire MHST service update – June 2022

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Published on: June 8, 2022

by Saffron Mason.

At Edge Hill University

Our trainees have been using their experience and expertise as they move through their university course.

Trainees are working towards their Postgraduate Diploma – Education Mental Health Practitioner for Children and Young People (EMHP) At Edge Hill University  and are enjoying the varied learning opportunities.  The trainees have started to complete low-intensity assessments and interventions with young people within education settings under close supervision.

All trainees have passed their first assignment and are currently completing assessment tapes

Meanwhile, Supervising Practitioners have embarked on their Clinical Supervision Course and are getting ready for their first assignment which requires them to submit a tape of them delivering supervision to our trainees.

Also, staff have taken up Compass’ comprehensive training offer which practitioners report has been very useful

Engaging with schools

Each of the 58 education settings have been allocated a named Supervising Practitioner and tEMHP who are working hard to build positive working relationships. relationships.

The service has started delivering routine LINK sessions in schools which are used as the main vehicle to support  Senior Mental Health Leads in each setting. The sessions are used to develop the SMHLs’ Whole School Approach to mental health and wellbeing and provide professional consultation to education staff.

We would like to say a big thank you to the Education Partnership for their support in engaging schools  – it has been invaluable.

The team are working to develop a programme of activities over the summer, such as wellbeing events, attendance at local community events, group-work activities. The teams will deliver these activities.  They are also working with schools to support transitions over the summer period.

We will also be supporting schools to support their pupils transitions from primary to secondary schools..

MHST steering group meets

We co-chaired with Commissioners our first MHST steering group on 7th April, the steering group brings together education, health and social care partners alongside

children and young people, parents and carers to help to develop the service to meet local needs.

Service re-brand work consults with young people and families

The service is working with children, young people and families to re-brand the service to ensure the logo, brand and strapline is relevant for all.

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