This role supports the University in responding to the current wellbeing challenges in the higher education sector, ensuring that students have access to appropriate resources and support to achieve their academic and personal goals.
The post holder will provide first line guidance and individual support to students presenting with a wide range of personal difficulties and general wellbeing issues. This may include issues relating to health, personal relationships, accommodation, finance and emotional wellbeing and involve dealing with risk and distress. The Wellbeing Officer will provide triage, assessment and early intervention to students, including those at risk i.e. presenting with suicidal ideation and plans.
The Wellbeing officer will be confident in supporting decision making based on student needs/risk and escalating to more senior colleagues as required. The Wellbeing Officer will be a member of the Student Wellbeing & Inclusion Team, based within the Student & Academic Services Directorate, and is expected to work closely with colleagues in the Directorate and across the University to deliver a range of proactive support. This will include referring students for disability support, counselling, academic support, financial aid etc. as required.
The Wellbeing Officer will provide face to face and online interventions and be involved in the development and delivery of workshops and group information sessions. These will assist students to develop skills to manage and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. The provision of information, advice and guidance to students regarding wellbeing related issues, typically these would include general welfare, health, practical guidance and personal issues. This could include one-to-one work, group workshops and comms materials.
2. To work in partnership with colleagues in the Wellbeing & Inclusion team to develop workshops and activities which promote positive mental wellbeing.
3. To conduct assessment of student mental health issues, assess risk and make clinical recommendations within remit of the Counselling service. Where necessary identify and proactively seek clinical consultation and review of more complex cases.
4. To triage students experiencing a mental health crisis, including evaluation of the level of psychological distress and risk (e.g. risk of suicide), escalating to senior clinical staff as required.
5. To act as an advocate for students, ensuring effective liaison between GPs and other relevant services and providing guidance and support as required.
6. To identify and liaise with the Clinical Leads/ Head of Service regarding any potential crisis situation or issue which may be to the detriment of student welfare and safety.
7. To maintain appropriate electronic and written records including session notes, records of attendance and contact with other relevant parties. Progress cases as appropriate through CORE NET electronic case file management system.
8. To pursue continuous professional development and maintain professional accreditations and memberships, in order to maintain knowledge base, self-awareness, and enhanced skills.
9. To participate in service development and delivery in consultation with the Service Leads and Head of Service.
10. To collaborate with the wider multi-disciplinary team and associated colleagues, to provide effective wellbeing support and clear referral pathways.
11. To maintain professional membership with an appropriate professional body e.g. UKCP / HCPC / BPS/ BACP/BABCP or equivalent.
12. To undertake any other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the grade of the post, recognising that these would not change the character of the post or level of responsibility.
To find out more and to apply please visit our vacancies page and search for Vacancy Reference 092129
Closing Date: 10 August 2022