• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job overview

We are incredibly excited to be a further part of this exciting and ambitious national programme which aims to give increased mental health provision to selected schools within an identified area. Our successful bids have given us one MHST in Wave 6 which will be starting at January 2022

The Wave 6 MHST will be based in Cheshire West covering selected schools in the area and accessing their training at Edge Hill University.

Demand for these places is expected to be high so whilst the advert is only live for 2 weeks it is expected to close early. With this in mind it is important to get the balance of submitting your application promptly but making sure you highlight your qualities, experience and knowledge within the application to make you stand out over the other applicants.

Access to a car and drivers license is essential.

Main duties of the job

Wave 6 EMHPs will be accessing their training at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk with one of the teams based in Birkenhead and covering Wirral Primary Schools, whilst the second will be based in West Cheshire, yet to be confirmed but will probably be covering schools in the Winsford area.

The training all trainees will be accessing is a 12 month Post Graduate Diploma and is based on a national curriculum. Typically trainees will be at university two days a week with the other three days being in service, some of the teaching days may well be accessed remotely or via online platforms. Upon successful completion of the training it is hoped qualified practitioners will become band 5 Educational Mental Health Practitioners.

Working for our organisation

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) supports thousands of vulnerable people across Cheshire and Merseyside. We provide physical, mental health and learning disability services to a total population of around one million people.

We offer a variety of roles at all levels, so whether you are just starting out in your career or you are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, CWP is the right employer for you. 

Visit our ‘Working for us’ pages on our website to find out more about why you should choose CWP.

CWP are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

We welcome applications from people who have direct experience of accessing our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please download a copy of the job description for a full copy.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

To ensure that we continue to provide ‘Outstanding for Care’ (as recently been awarded by CQC), CWP recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a  Values Based Interview/Assessment ,  which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours which are ‘the 6 Cs’ Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment. A ‘Guide to completing your application form’ can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

If your disability meets the definition set out in the Equality Act 2010, and you can show that you meet the ‘essential’ criteria described in the person specification for an available position, please answer ‘YES’ to the question: ‘Do you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme?’ Please also inform the team if you have any special support needs to be considered as part of the interview and selection processes.

All new clinical support staff will be required to have completed or working towards the Care Certificate (CWP In-house 2 day training to be completed within 6 months of start date).

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. Please note that DBS costs will be waived for applicants who are being recruited for COVID-19 reasons.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application. We hope to welcome you to Team CWP very soon.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Clear evidence of ability to study at degree level.
  • Proven record of previous academic attainment
  • Good solid basic literacy and numeracy qualifications at a minimum of level 2
  • Skills / Competencies

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to study as a self-motivated learner who can formulate their own progress towards learning objectives and negotiate pathways to achievement with supervisory teams
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to learn in a variety of settings and using a variety of learning methods
  • Knowledge and Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of children and young people gained through academic study in child development, child wellbeing or mental health.
  • Knowledge of the educational system in England
  • Desirable criteria

  • It is desirable that the applicant will have previous experience of working with children and young people
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