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Jobs advertised on our jobs board are from organisations who demonstrate their commitment to supporting Mental Health professionals within education. By encouraging and funding membership of UMHAN they recognise the need for ongoing staff supervision and appropriate CPD to provide the best mental health support to students.

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Mental Health Adviser (Casework)

Location: Open University

Hours: Full Time, Fixed term contract for 4 years to until July 2025

Salary: £34,304 to £40,927

Closing date: 1 November, 2021 - 12:00

More information: 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Student Support within Academic Services at The Open University, with the creation of a new Mental Health advisory support service that has been established to provide specialist interventionist support to students who are facing acute challenges with their studies due to mental health difficulties.

Working in partnership with other specialist support services, Student Recruitment, Student Support and the faculties across the University, the Mental Health Advisors supported by their Senior Manager (Mental Health) will provide tailored specialist support to students with enduring and/or complex mental health illness and disorders (such as psychosis, personality disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety etc.). This support will be designed to help students better manage their expectations and provide both the students and staff who are supporting them in their studies, with a range of solution-focussed interventions and coping strategies. The ultimate goal is to identify means by which the student can engage effectively with their studies, their fellow students and with staff, so that they can continue with their studies, have an improved study experience and maximise their potential to progress.

The Mental Health Advisors will also play an important role in supporting students who find themselves in a state of crisis (i.e. inability to cope with daily life; who find themselves in a heightened state of agitation; are at risk of self-harm; and/or are expressing suicidal ideations). Working with the student, their personal support networks and staff within the University, the Mental Health Advisor will take the lead in coordinating support and ensuring the student is directed to external clinical services or emergency support where appropriate.

Due to the Open University being a distance learning institution, the successful candidate for this role will be comfortable working within a geographically dispersed multiagency context, and be able to build strong and positive relationships with a diverse range of colleagues who may be working remotely. They will be highly student focused, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be emotionally resilient and confident when working in crisis. They will also be passionate about helping others to succeed.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work in an inclusive environment that is at the heart of student support and enjoy working with a diverse range of colleagues and units, then this is the role for you.

Skills and experience

  • Do you have a qualification in mental health nursing, psychology, social work or counselling?
  • Are you emotionally resilient and confident when working with individuals in crisis?
  • Do you have demonstrable experience of supporting adults with mental health difficulties in a community, health or adult/higher education setting?
  • Can you demonstrate an understanding of the various mental health difficulties students may face in higher education and how these can impact their ability to engage, progress and succeed with their studies?
  • Do you have experience of managing a complex caseload and working within a multiagency context to deliver agreed actions within specified timescales?

This post is being advertised as a 4-year fixed-term contract until July 2025 in the first instance. There may however be an opportunity to extend this further depending on the success and impact of the Mental Health Advisory Service in line with University future priorities.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email [email protected] with Mental Health Adviser - Academic Services in your subject title so that it can be re-directed to the correct team.

Apply here

Mental Health Adviser (Scotland)

Location: Open University Scotland - Edinburgh

Hours:  Full Time, Fixed term contract for 2 years to until July 2023

Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927

Closing date: 1 November, 2021 - 12:00

More information: 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Student Support within Academic Services at The Open University, with the creation of a new Mental Health advisory support service that has been established to provide specialist interventionist support to students who are facing acute challenges with their studies due to mental health difficulties.

Working in partnership with other specialist support services, Student Recruitment, Student Support and the faculties across the University, the Mental Health Advisors supported by their Senior Manager (Mental Health) will provide tailored specialist support to students with enduring and/or complex mental health illness and disorders (such as psychosis, personality disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety etc.). This support will be designed to help students better manage their expectations and provide both the students and staff who are supporting them in their studies, with a range of solution-focussed interventions and coping strategies. The ultimate goal is to identify means by which the student can engage effectively with their studies, their fellow students and with staff, so that they can continue with their studies, have an improved study experience and maximise their potential to progress.

The Mental Health Advisors will also play an important role in supporting students who find themselves in a state of crisis (i.e. inability to cope with daily life; who find themselves in a heightened state of agitation; are at risk of self-harm; and/or are expressing suicidal ideations). Working with the student, their personal support networks and staff within the University, the Mental Health Advisor will take the lead in coordinating support and ensuring the student is directed to external clinical services or emergency support where appropriate.

Due to the Open University being a distance learning institution, the successful candidate for this role will be comfortable working within a geographically dispersed multiagency context, and be able to build strong and positive relationships with a diverse range of colleagues who may be working remotely. They will be highly student focused, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be emotionally resilient and confident when working in crisis. They will also be passionate about helping others to succeed.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work in an inclusive environment that is at the heart of student support and enjoy working with a diverse range of colleagues and units, then this is the role for you.

Skills and experience

  • Do you have a qualification in mental health nursing, psychology, social work or counselling?
  • Are you emotionally resilient and confident when working with individuals in crisis?
  • Do you have demonstrable experience of supporting adults with mental health difficulties in a community, health or adult/higher education setting?
  • Can you demonstrate an understanding of the various mental health difficulties students may face in higher education and how these can impact their ability to engage, progress and succeed with their studies?
  • Do you have experience of managing a complex caseload and working within a multiagency context to deliver agreed actions within specified timescales?

This post is being advertised as a 2-year fixed-term contract until July 2023 in the first instance. There may however be an opportunity to extend this further depending on the success and impact of the Mental Health Advisory Service in line with University future priorities.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email [email protected] with Mental Health Adviser - Academic Services in your subject title so that it can be re-directed to the correct team.

Apply here

Mental Health Adviser (Wales)

Location: Open University Wales (Cardiff)

Hours: Full Time, Fixed term contract for 2 years to until July 2023

Salary: £34,304 to £40,927

Closing date: 1 November, 2021 - 12:00

More information: 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Student Support within Academic Services at The Open University, with the creation of a new Mental Health advisory support service that has been established to provide specialist interventionist support to students who are facing acute challenges with their studies due to mental health difficulties.

Working in partnership with other specialist support services, Student Recruitment, Student Support and the faculties across the University, the Mental Health Advisors supported by their Senior Manager (Mental Health) will provide tailored specialist support to students with enduring and/or complex mental health illness and disorders (such as psychosis, personality disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety etc.). This support will be designed to help students better manage their expectations and provide both the students and staff who are supporting them in their studies, with a range of solution-focussed interventions and coping strategies. The ultimate goal is to identify means by which the student can engage effectively with their studies, their fellow students and with staff, so that they can continue with their studies, have an improved study experience and maximise their potential to progress.

The Mental Health Advisors will also play an important role in supporting students who find themselves in a state of crisis (i.e. inability to cope with daily life; who find themselves in a heightened state of agitation; are at risk of self-harm; and/or are expressing suicidal ideations). Working with the student, their personal support networks and staff within the University, the Mental Health Advisor will take the lead in coordinating support and ensuring the student is directed to external clinical services or emergency support where appropriate.

Due to the Open University being a distance learning institution, the successful candidate for this role will be comfortable working within a geographically dispersed multiagency context, and be able to build strong and positive relationships with a diverse range of colleagues who may be working remotely. They will be highly student focused, possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be emotionally resilient and confident when working in crisis. They will also be passionate about helping others to succeed.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work in an inclusive environment that is at the heart of student support and enjoy working with a diverse range of colleagues and units, then this is the role for you.

Skills and experience

  • Do you have a qualification in mental health nursing, psychology, social work or counselling?
  • Are you emotionally resilient and confident when working with individuals in crisis?
  • Do you have demonstrable experience of supporting adults with mental health difficulties in a community, health or adult/higher education setting?
  • Can you demonstrate an understanding of the various mental health difficulties students may face in higher education and how these can impact their ability to engage, progress and succeed with their studies?
  • Do you have experience of managing a complex caseload and working within a multiagency context to deliver agreed actions within specified timescales?

This post is being advertised as a 2-year fixed-term contract until July 2023 in the first instance. There may however be an opportunity to extend this further depending on the success and impact of the Mental Health Advisory Service in line with University future priorities.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this post before making an application, please email [email protected] with Mental Health Adviser - Academic Services in your subject title so that it can be re-directed to the correct team.

Apply here

Mental Health Adviser

Location: Birmingham City University

Hours:  Full time

Salary: £32,669 to £35,510 per annum

Closing date: Sunday 17 October 2021

More information: 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Service at Birmingham City University are seeking an experienced Mental Health Adviser within its growing team of mental health and wellbeing professionals. This is an exciting time for the team as senior sponsorship and increased resource drive an agenda of change and innovation designed to diversify the University’s offering and enhance the student experience.

In this role you will assist the Senior Mental Health Adviser and Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing Operations in the provision and development of advice and practical support for prospective and current students with mental health difficulties, including the assessment of support needs, at all University sites. You will also contribute to the implementation of University policies and procedures relating to the support for students and prospective students with mental health difficulties.

You will manage a caseload and communicate with other Mental Health and Wellbeing staff to provide advice, information, guidance and support to prospective and current students on the provision of mental health support and facilities available within the University. You will liaise with University, community and local authority services, and other statutory agencies as required. You will also be expected to develop and deliver individual or group support for students with mental health difficulties, in partnership with other relevant professionals, and contribute to a programme of mental health and wellbeing awareness and promotion.

  • First degree or equivalent is essential. 
  • A nursing, social work or other relevant health-related professional qualification is essential.  
  • Significant experience of working within a voluntary, community or statutory mental health setting is essential. 
  • Significant experience of providing emotional support in a professional setting is essential 
  • Some counselling skills training is essential
  • Experience of crisis management is essential 
  • A sound knowledge of statutory and voluntary mental health provision is essential
  • A sound understanding of the principles of Safeguarding and the ability to recognise and act upon a safeguarding concern is essential 
  • An ability and willingness to consider new ways of working and to apply new technology is essential 
  • An ability to work proactively and enthusiastically without detailed supervision is essential 
  • Sound written and oral communication skills with a wide variety of audiences are essential
  • The ability to work in a student-centred way is essential
  • Experience of higher education or working with students or young people is desirable
  • Experience of developing and delivering training on mental health issues is desirable 
  • Experience in the development of mental health policies, procedures or protocols is desirable
  • An understanding of the principles of Single-Session Therapy is desirable
  • A sound understanding of confidentiality / data protection issues is essential 
  • Good IT skills including MS Office suite, email / internet are desirable

Apply here

Specialist Mental Health Mentor

Location: Cardiff University

Hours:  Full time or part time fixed term for 12 months

Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 (pro rata if part time)

Closing date: 25 October 2021

More information:

The Student Disability Service is seeking to appoint mental health mentors to create and implement individualised programmes of support for students with mental health difficulties. To assist students in developing strategies which enable participation in their studies and in the management of mental health difficulties. To assess the effectiveness of the programme on the student’s university experience and management of mental health difficulties. Working with the Disability Advisers (Mental Health), carrying out supporting work, providing advice, guidance and support.

You must be educated to degree level and hold current membership with a recognised Professional Body e.g. NMC, BACP, HCPC, UKCP, SSSC/CC Wales. Experience of working with clients in mental health support is required. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key advances within mental health support in Higher Education.

We would welcome candidates looking for both full time (35 hours per week) and part time roles. You are asked to state on your application how many hours you are looking to work.

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Mental Health Adviser

Location:  University of Bristol

Hours:  0.8 FTE

Salary: £38,587 - £43,434 per annum, pro rata

Closing date: 17 October 2021

More information:

What will you be doing?

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a passionate team that works across the University to support students with complex mental health difficulties. Directly working with students to enable them to have a fulfilling University experience and to help them access the specialist services they need.

You should apply if

You should apply if you are an experienced and qualified practitioner in the field of mental health (mental health nurse/mental health social worker/mental health occupational therapist).

In line with the wider University strategy, we are committed to fostering equality, diversity and inclusion, and anti-racism.  We particularly encourage applications from mental health professionals who come from, or have significant experience of working with black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, as we are currently under-represented in this area, although all appointments will be made on merit.

The Student Counselling Service is expanding to meet the needs of students and is working hard to meet the demographic of the student population, and Bristol, and offer much more diverse and inclusive support.  As a team we are genuinely passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion; it forms a key thread through all of the work we do, and we expect the same from all team members that join us. 

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