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Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs)

  • Service: Barnsley Mental Health Support Teams
  • Location: Barnsley South Yorkshire
  • Salary: £25,250 - £31,235 (p.a. )
  • Type: Full time (37 hours)
  • Ref: 013/21-4

Do you have the passion and drive to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people, working across both educational settings and the healthcare sectors?

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Education Mental Health Practitioners within our Barnsley MHST service. This role is a perfect opportunity to help shape the services we provide with children, young people, families and educational settings.

About Barnsley MHST

Barnsley MHST is an early intervention mental health and emotional wellbeing service. The service delivers evidenced based interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health and wellbeing needs.

It is part of the Mental Health Support Team Trailblazer Pilot, which has been commissioned by the Dept of Education & NHSE following the ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Care Provision: A Green Paper’ (2017).  The trailblazer will increase the children and young people’s mental health workforce and increase capacity to support pupils.

Barnsley MHST aims to:

  • Ensure children and young people access the right early help, in the right setting removing duplication and preventing CYP/families being ‘bounced’ in-between services
  • Help children and young people (5-18 years) to manage their feelings, behaviours, thoughts, physical sensations so that they can better engage with their learning and education
  • Work alongside educational staff to embed Whole School Approaches at all levels

About the EMHP role

The role of the Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) is to deliver short term low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) informed interventions for children and young people aged 5 -18 years with anxiety, low mood, common challenging behaviours, family and peer relationship difficulties, difficulty adjusting to change and transition or difficulty managing emotions in educational settings.

EMHP’s will also work with Designated Mental Health Leads and other educational staff to build on and develop evidenced-based Whole School Approaches.

Working hours Mon – Fri, 37 hours per week

The person

You will be enthusiastic about and experienced in working with children and young people to recognise and intervene early when mental health or emotional wellbeing needs are identified. You will have experience in working individually and in groups using a creative, flexible and person-centred approach. A willingness to share your experience and contribute to the development of a range of whole school approaches to support educational settings to adopt a range of approaches to meet the mental health and emotional needs of the pupil population, staff and parents.

The Benefits

In return, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme and OH Service
  • Excellent Learning & Development Opportunities and Career Progression
  • Generous Contributory Pension Scheme

If you are interested in this role, please apply as soon as possible as we may decide to close this vacancy once sufficient applications have been received.

To arrange an informal chat about the role, please contact

To apply, you will need to download and complete part 1&2 of our application form. We would be grateful if you could also complete our equality monitoring form.

Compass is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and you should share our commitment. All Compass posts are subject to appropriate level DBS checks. We value diversity at Compass and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Established for over 30 years, Compass is a national charity which works in communities across the UK providing services spanning substance misuse treatment and rehabilitation, early interventions for vulnerable young people, school aged health programmes and associated prevention as well as treatment and health promotion initiatives.

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