Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service

The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (EHWS) comprises of three separate teams, sitting under the Joint Venture between Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Staff are employed by both organisations.

The EHWS covers Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and operates within the ‘Getting Advice’ and ‘Getting Help’ iThrive quadrants. The EHWS is led by a Clinical Lead (Clinical Psychologist) and supported by an Assistant Psychologist and Administrative Lead. In January 2021 a Service Manager also joined the growing service.

You can view more details about this service on the NHS website  This includes details about the Childrens's Wellbeing Practitioner Team and the Mental Health Support Teams.

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Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioner Team

A multi-disciplinary team, with staff from a variety of professions, including School Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Paediatric Nursing, Health Visiting, and Social Work. They work to support the professionals to support the emotional health and wellbeing of Children and Young People.

The EHWP’s were the original team members when the EHWP Team launched in January 2017. The aim of the team is to support the network (mostly schools), with helping to signpost and give advice and guidance in relation to the emotional health and wellbeing needs of Children and Young People. The EHWP’s do not ‘case hold’ and the team sits in the ‘Getting Advice’ quadrant of iThrive.

The team can be contacted via their duty email ccs.ehw@nhs.net  (by professionals only) and if related to a particular Child or Young Person, a conversation will be booked in, once verbal consent has been gained.

The team operates a duty system, offering telephone/MS TEAMS support to professionals from education settings (primary, secondary, colleges, and special schools) as well as other professionals such as General Practitioners and Social Care. Part of the EHWP’s role is to support professionals to ‘system navigate’ around the complex network of support available for Children and Young People with emotional and mental health needs. They work with professionals, to signpost, advise and support referrals to the wider emotional health and wellbeing services.

Currently, as well as operating the duty system, they also provide staff training to education establishments. This is currently in the form of self-directed learning packages along with a reflective session facilitated by an Emotional Health and Wellbeing Practitioner. They also offer staff support sessions for schools that need this.

The EHWP Team also started the Cambridgeshire Local Services Briefing webinars in April 2021. This is where local services who offer support to children, young people and families where there is a concern about a child’s emotional wellbeing can share information about their service with a wide audience of professionals such as school staff, health workers, social care district workers and GPs. These will be held four times a year.

Additional Resources

  • Keep Your Head is an NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough commissioned website that brings together reliable information on mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough. Visit the Keep Your Head website here.
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