20 September 2022

CNWL is excited to announce that we are onboarding a new team of trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHP) in the Borough of Hillingdon, starting from October 2022.

The EMHP role provides a new resource to support children and young people (CYP) in schools who are experiencing common mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression and behavioural difficulties, in an environment familiar to them.

They will provide early, evidence-based psychological interventions to promptly address emerging mental health needs, aiming to help CYP, their families, parents and/or carers, in the self-management of their recovery in groups or one-to-one meetings.

The EMHP roles will form part of the Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), which work across educational settings in improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in schools.

CNWL, in partnership with local councils, runs MHSTs in Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon and Milton Keynes. Find out more here.

In conjunction with the wider mental health support team, EMHPs will support the delivery of school-wide interventions to enhance CYP’s wellbeing in educational settings, as well as signposting and referring to specialist services based on individual needs. 

Tina Swain, Service Director for CAMHS and Eating Disorder Services said:

“I am extremely keen to support the continued growth and developments in services which support and enable our children and young people to get advice and support at the earliest opportunity. With this in mind, I am very pleased to support the new team of trainee Education Mental Health Practitioners and over the coming months hear the amazing working of the team with our young people and professionals across education.”

Funded by NHS England, Health Education England and partners, our EMHPs will undertake specialist training at University College London next month alongside school-based training, which will be supervised by NHS staff. 

CNWL is currently working with partners across the North West London Integrated Care Board on career development and pathways to attract talented and passionate staff who want to support young people in education with living happier and healthier lives. 

If you’re interested in joining this fast-developing service, click here to see our current vacancies.