The new Education Mental Health Practitioner role is in direct response to the Government’s green paper.  As this document and the government response to it outlines, the aim is to develop Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) to deliver mental health provision to local school clusters with the aim being for each participating school to provide a designated mental health lead.    It is proposed that the new EHMP will form part of these MHST’s, alongside other MH practitioners and specialists supervisors.

This training programme will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop the competencies and knowledge associated with practice as an EMHP. A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development. Advantages of the programme are that (1) you will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting and (2) your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you as a practitioner

How do I apply for a place?

Applications to this programme may only be made through participating services recruiting trainees and not directly through the University of Exeter. Posts are typically advertised by CYP mental health services on NHS jobs websites or equivalent.

Am I eligible to apply?

As per the Person Specification, the trainee EHMP should be able to study at degree level (Level 6) and have gained some experience of working within the Children and Young people’s mental health and wellbeing sector.  A knowledge of school systems, culture and mental health support structures systems would also be beneficial.   As this is an employment based role, all applicants will be shortlisted based on the advertised person specification by participating services.  Applicants will then attend an interview at the employer service in collaboration with the University of Exeter.

What should I expect from the course?

Teaching consists of full days of lectures, with a number of these delivered in block periods. Sessions will include role play, practical exercises and small group discussions. Guided independent study is also expected to take place.

Assessments will include an audit report, exam, clinical tape submission, reflective commentary, clinical case reports, presentation, Practice Outcome Document (POD) and clinical portfolio.

The structure of the course will be as follows: 

  • Module 1 – Children and Young People’s Mental Health Settings – Context and Values
  • Module 2– Assessment and Engagement
  • Module 3 – Evidence-based Interventions (Theory and Skills)
  • Module 4 – Working, Assessing and Engaging in Education Settings
  • Module 5– Common Problems and Processes in Education Settings
  • Module 6 – Interventions for Emerging Mental Health – Difficulties in Education Settings

What happens after i finish the course?

This training course is accessed through employment within an existing NHS, Local Authority or Voluntary Sector mental health service working within CAMHS.  You can find details of our partnership services here. The EHMP is full-time role funded at NHS Band 4 and will involve  direct practice working across a range of educational settings as well as the university based training days.  Upon completion of your training, you will remain employed within your service as a NHS Band 5 Pay Scale.

How is this course financed?

Course fees are directly paid by Health Education England in liaison with the employing service.

Find out more

To find out more about this course and to ask any questions, please contact the Programme Administrator Natalie Cook at