Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner
We are looking for an experienced and accredited mental health practitioner in the field of mental health nursing or social services, with strong skills in assessing clinical risk and delivering therapeutic support, to join the University’s multi-disciplinary Mental Health and Wellbeing Team (MHWT).
About the Role
This role involves joining a professional, multi-disciplinary MHWT which is delivering mental health support to around 1,100 students each year and seeing significant annual increases in its caseload. Reporting to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team Manager, you will provide mental health support to students experiencing mental health issues.
This work will include mental health triage, assessment, brief and longer-term therapeutic support, internal and external referral and follow-up – including with, and for, students presenting high levels of clinical risk or in crisis.
A key part of this role will be collaborating with other key University services and Faculty teams, making and receiving effective referrals to ensure that the support students receive from the wider University is properly coordinated. You will also follow up with internal and external stakeholders following serious student incidents to ensure such case are properly coordinated across the University. Other teams, including Security, Accommodation and Faculty teams, will look to you for clear and effective guidance on how to respond effectively to complex cases.
Following a successful service remodelling process in summer 2019, which has reviewed and reshaped the way in which the MHWT operates, you will continue to work with the rest of the team to develop its services, in line with the principles set during the remodelling process, to ensure effective multi-disciplinary working.
You will make, build and maintain effective links with external NHS and voluntary sector mental health services to support both your own referral of students and referrals by other practitioners in the team.
As an experienced mental health practitioner, you will have a mental health qualification and current accreditation with a recognised professional body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
You will have significant professional experience as a practitioner in the field of mental health practice (in a nursing, social services or similar setting), including providing short-term focused individual therapeutic interventions and working with individuals with acute mental illness, diagnosed long-term mental health conditions, and issues common to the client group of students.
You will be able to maintain clear therapeutic boundaries and confidentiality, balanced with a need to share appropriate information for the effective management of clinical risk across an institution. Your commitment to adhering to professional and ethical principles and guidelines will be coupled with a flexible approach to adopting new ways of working and learning new skills.
With strong inter-personal skills, you will have a confident and dynamic approach to liaising with, and advising, key internal and external stakeholders, and be able to tolerate high levels of client distress.
Please see the job description and person specification for full details of the post requirements.
Interview date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.