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Mental Health Specialist

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Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927 per annum
Grade:  Grade 08
Contract Type:  Continuing
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Monday 29 November 2021
Interview Date:  Friday 03 December 2021
Reference:  R210474
Release Date:  Monday 08 November 2021

Aston University is offering an exciting opportunity to join our Student Welfare directorate as a Mental Health Specialist. The directorate encompasses several teams, providing specialist support to students at the University – including the Mental Wellbeing team; Counselling team; Enabling team; Accommodation Support and the Chaplaincy. The directorate is undergoing an exciting period of development and we are seeking an exceptional candidate who can embrace our ethos and continue to develop and innovate our services, in particular:

    Manage a case load of students with ongoing mental health difficulties

    Provide psychological support on a one-to-one basis, including devising strategies for students who are struggling to attend and engage. 

    Offer guidance and advice to staff and student mentors working with students with mental health difficulties

    Respond to and coordinate crisis situations involving students in difficulty and assess the risk to themselves or others. 

As a professionally qualified Registered Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Social Worker or equivalent – with current registration with a relevant professional body - you will have recent experience of working in a front-line patient facing environment. It is desirable that you have experience of working in a Further Education or Higher Education institution. 

You will have a thorough understanding of inclusive practices.  You will have good IT skills, excellent written and verbal communications skills, and the ability to work productively under pressure.  You will be flexible in your working approach and able to sometimes work outside of standard working hours.  You will have outstanding judgement and will work closely with the Director of Student Welfare, providing advice relating to critical student welfare incidents.

The Mental Health Specialist will report to the Interim Team Leader: Mental Wellbeing (Mental Health Specialist).

The successful candidate is required to have clearance to work from the DBS (The Disclosure and Barring Service) 

Please note that anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of Aston University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment.    Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel.  We kindly ask that candidates do not send CVs or cover letters as these will not be considered. Please note that only answers that fall within the application form questions will be assessed.  


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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



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