The Mental Health Disability Adviser will ensure the provision of tailored information, advice and guidance on psychological health in the context of learning, promoting the maintenance of positive mental health and personal resilience. They will work with students presenting with a range of mental health conditions, to develop strategies which allow them to focus on their academic progress and develop as independent learners. As required the Mental Health Disability Adviser will provide guidance to those experiencing a deterioration in their mental health ensuring robust risk management and crisis planning. This will require; the assessment of mental health and learning needs, effective and responsive case management, liaison with local GP practices, CMHT, NHS Crisis Team and other relevant services and collaboration with colleagues across the University.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
1. To facilitate and deliver mental health support to students, including those in crisis, to help them realise their potential and develop positive condition management skills during their time at University, promoting resilience and the maintenance of positive mental health.
3. To act as a referral point within the Disability Service for students presenting with mental health issues, providing expert advice, support and problem-solving techniques for colleagues working with students who are experiencing mental health difficulties; maintaining and developing appropriate referral and sign-posting relationships, both internally and externally.
4. To work proactively with the colleagues across the University, to ensure a holistic approach for students who have disclosed a mental health disability and the timely implementation of reasonable adjustments. Ensuring effective case management and compliance with GDPR legislation.
5. Provide needs assessment for students with mental health conditions and make appropriate recommendations for support and/or reasonable adjustments, ensuring onward referral to appropriate services where necessary. e.g. University counselling team, community mental health team or other NHS services.
6. Lead, develop and motivate a team of Specialist Mentors to deliver a high-quality student experience.
7. Establish and maintain positive professional relationships with key University staff and external
service providers, including GPs and other NHS practitioners, to facilitate a collaborative approach to support students with mental health difficulties.
8. To work collaboratively with colleagues in student services and academic colleagues, to assess, agree and provide the best course of action for complex cases and proactively monitor progress. This could include recommending the implementation of the Fitness to Study or Fitness to Practice Policy and attending any appropriate meeting or hearing relevant to the student.
9. Deal effectively and promptly with enquiries (email, telephone, or in-person) from prospective students, applicants, their representatives, students and colleagues within the University.
10. Develop and deliver mental health and wellbeing training to colleagues across the
University, to raise awareness and increase understanding of mental health conditions and their impact on learning.
11. Actively contribute to maintaining and improving our service, by contributing to case reviews and taking an active role in team development and new initiatives, especially those related to student mental health and wellbeing.
12. To work flexibly as part of the wider Student Wellbeing & Inclusion team, to deliver a high quality customer-focused service, in line with the University objectives.
To find out more and to apply please visit our vacancies page and search for Vacancy Reference 092128
Closing Date: 10 August 2022