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Member Survey 2022

In 2022, in addition to our standard questions, we included two additional sections: one on role tasks, and another on evaluation. The roles of Mental Health Adviser (MHA) and Specialist Mental Health Mentor (SMHM) are not well defined or understood, and we hope data about tasks performed will help improve awareness of the scope and importance of both roles. Collating more information about how members and services evaluate their work will, we hope, help to provide insight into a frequently discussed topic in the sector, and to establish a more consistent approach.

This survey period has covered a time of flux and recovery; members have been reporting unusual patterns of student referrals/registrations, appointment access and student mental health presentation throughout the year. As such, the survey data may also demonstrate unusual patterns that may not continue in the coming academic years

Key points from our survey findings are:

  • 81% of MHAs had 50% or more proportion of their caseloads in the high risk category
  • 26% of respondents said that this number had increased over the past 12 months
  • Risk assessments and mental health/wellbeing assessments are the most commonly performed tasks by MHAs
  • Psychoeducation/ psychological interventions were felt to be the most effective task
  • 58% or respondents felt their service was under-staffed
  • Just over a third of respondents plan to leave their role between now and 5 years time.

For more details, please read our 2022 report. 

Member Survey 2022

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Member Survey 2021

As a membership organisation, UMHAN is committed to being responsive to our members. As such, we routinely survey our membership to ensure that we continually improve our service, and can confidently represent our members' voices and experience to the sector and beyond.

As well as asking for feedback on UMHAN as an organisation, we also ask for information about caseloads and working conditions.

The key findings from this report show that well over half of respondents have seen an increase in caseload over the past 12 months. 

We define “high risk” in terms of deteriorating mental health, severity of mental health condition, suicide, serious self-harm, neglect, abuse, becoming socially isolated, or experiencing significant disruption to their education. 71% of Specialist Mental Health Mentors and 58% of Mental Health Advisers have identified an increased number of "high risk" students on their caseload.  

This comes at a time when staff themselves are facing uncertainty about working conditions, and when Mentors in particular are facing pay cuts. 

UMHAN members are subject to our Supervision and CPD requirements, which we believe help to ensure safe practice, and high quality provision for students with Mental Health Conditions. Even so, some struggle to be able to fulfil these requirements - 26% stated that they did not feel supported by their employer to access resources, meetings, training and CPD.

Our recommendations include:

  • Where caseloads are high, models of casework and modes of delivery should be reviewed to guarantee workload allocation ensures safe practice. 
  • Specialist staff should be provided with appropriate supervision and CPD opportunities to enable them to properly support increasing and more complex presentations of mental ill health and risk.
  • Employers should undertake risk assessments for all in-person work in this area, as per recommendations by the Health & Safety Executive.

To read more, please download our report. 

Member Survey 2021

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