Mental Health Adviser (1 year Maternity Cover)

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Deadline: 07 Apr 2020

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Student Governance and Wellbeing
Location:  Curzon Building
Salary:  £32,669 to £35,510 per annum
Closing Date:  Tuesday 07 April 2020
Interview Date:  Wednesday 15 April 2020
Reference:  032020-137

Mental Health and Wellbeing is seeking an experienced Mental Health Adviser to provide 12 months’ maternity cover for an existing post-holder within its growing team of mental health and wellbeing professionals. This is an exciting time for the team as senior sponsorship and increased resource drive an agenda of change and innovation designed to diversify the University’s offering and enhance the student experience.

In this role you will assist the Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing Operations in the provision and development of advice and practical support for prospective and current students with mental health difficulties, including the assessment of support needs, at all University sites. You will also contribute to the development of University policies and procedures relating to the support for students and prospective students with mental health difficulties.

You will manage a caseload and communicate with other Mental Health and Wellbeing staff to provide advice, information, guidance and support to prospective and current students on the provision of mental health support and facilities available within the University. You will undertake assessments of students’ support requirements and co-ordinate support for students with mental health difficulties in liaison with University, community and local authority services, and other statutory agencies such as funding bodies. You will also be expected to develop and deliver individual or group support for students with mental health difficulties, in partnership with other relevant professionals.

Skills and Experience


  • First degree or equivalent 

  • A nursing, social work or other relevant professional qualification 

  • Significant experience of working within a voluntary, community or statutory mental health setting 

  • Significant experience of providing emotional support in a professional setting

  • Some counselling skills training 

  • Experience of crisis management 

  • A sound knowledge of statutory and voluntary mental health provision 

  • A sound understanding of the principles of Safeguarding and the ability to recognise and act upon a safeguarding concern 

  • A sound understanding of confidentiality / data protection issues 

  • An ability to work proactively and enthusiastically without detailed supervision 

  • Sound written and oral communication skills with a wide variety of audiences 

  • The ability to work in a student-centred way 

  • An ability and willingness to consider new ways of working and to apply new technology


  • Experience of higher education or working with students or young people 

  • Experience of developing and delivering training on mental health issues 

  • Experience in the development of mental health policies, procedures or protocols 

  • An understanding of the principles of Single-Session Therapy 

  • Good IT skills including MS Office suite, email / internet 

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.  

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015. 

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity.

To apply for this role, please complete the online application and upload a copy of your CV.  Candidates are advised to remove all personal information to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process.

Further details:

Please be aware that this position will require an Enhanced DBS disclosure, please contact HR on 0121 331 6693 for a confidential self-disclosure form should you wish to declare anything in advance.

Please note that this role is not capable of sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

Birmingham City University are an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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