counsellor & mental health advisor in lancaster

03 January 2019
steph eardley, randstad student support
job type
£ 33,518 per year, Holiday Pay
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lancaster, north west
disability support
job type
working hours
£ 33,518 per year, Holiday Pay
reference number
steph eardley, randstad student support
0161 247 8800
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job description

Are you looking for a role that allows you to work one on one with students at University level? Do you feel you could help someone achieve their academic goals making a direct impact on their future? We have the perfect role for you.

Randstad Student & Worker Support is recruiting for a Counsellor / Mental Health Advisor to work with Students at Lancaster University.

Successful candidates will be required to work with students across the full spectrum of mental health difficulties to assess and provide interventions for mental health conditions. They will aim to ensure that students with mental health difficulties are offered/referred for appropriate treatment, support & amp; adjustments to enable them to successfully complete their studies. The role is to start right away.

As a Counsellor / Mental Health Advisor, you will also be required to work with wider University colleagues in Colleges, Professional Services and Departments/Faculties in order to act in an advisory capacity for staff supporting student mental health/emotional distress. This may include the provision of training and responding, often at short notice to
student mental health concerns/crisis intervention


* 28 days holiday pay pro rata - perfect for the summer holidays and Christmas breaks
* £33,518 - Pro Rata Salary - Grade 7
* Great Lancaster Location
* On-Site Training
* Free DBS Check


Providing the role of a Counsellor / Mental Health Advisor your responsibilities will include:

* To offer a standardised mental health assessment to all people referred to the service and to
collaboratively determine the most appropriate intervention, including whether an urgent response is
required and where further support would best be offered. To manage the risks to self and others, when there may be no other mental health professional support available.
* To advise students regarding reasonable adjustments to study arrangements, access to Disability support services and Disabled Students Allowance, where appropriate.
* To maintain accurate contemporaneous electronic records regarding clinical activity on all service users in accordance with University policies and guidance from professional bodies, including clinical assessment with clear identification of problems and plan of care.
* To liaise with students, health professionals and those involved in their care as appropriate
* To be responsible for providing an informed opinion and/or verifying students mitigating circumstances to relevant departments, taking part in case conferences where mental health difficulties are prominent.
* To act in an advisory and supportive capacity to all officers of the university on issues relating to mental health, acting as a contact and liaison point, particularly in relation to the management and containment of student mental health crisis.
* To deliver presentations, workshops, case discussions and training to wider University colleagues to inform and support University staff in their work with the student population, who often present to any University member of staff to disclose and seek support for emotional difficulties.
* To actively participate in monthly clinical supervision in order to ensure competence, fitness to practice and to comply with professional standards. To actively participate in weekly team meetings, 1.1 line management meetings and live supervision/observed practice with line manager to review workload demands and service provision.
* Requirements:

Educated to degree level (or equivalent) with a relevant professional qualification in the field of mental health, for example:

* RMHN nursing degree or equivalent
* Minimum of a PG Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy
* Must also be accredited/approved in their field e.g. valid NMC PIN Number; accredited member BACP, BABCP and/or UKCP; HCPC approved.
* Minimum of 3 years post qualification experience working with adults experiencing mental health difficulties including full assessment of clients with complex needs, risk assessment and high risk/crisis management.
* Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, demonstrating appropriate communication and advanced interpersonal skills, including communication of assessment outcome verbally and using IT skills.
* Knowledge of current mental health legislation/policy/best practice and experience of utilising legislation, policy/procedure and report writing within a mental health field
* Ability to establish relationships with people from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds and communicate effectively showing good understanding of diversity and inclusion issues relating to mental health.
* High level of emotional resilience, ability to work calmly under pressure, containing anxiety in self and others. Must have the ability to recognise own limitations and seek additional support where necessary.
* Ability to deliver workshops, facilitate case discussions, deliver presentations and provide training to wider University staff regarding providing support/signposting to students presenting in emotional distress.

If you feel this is an opportunity for you and have the desire to make a real difference, then apply online today.

Please note that if successful, you will be asked to attend an interview and complete an Application form and Supporting Statements.

If you would like to discuss this role or have any questions, please contact Oran Willis on 0161 247 8800. Thank you

Randstad Student & Worker Support acts as an employment business when supplying temporary staff and as an employment agency when introducing candidates for permanent employment with a client. Randstad Student & Worker Support is an equal opportunities employer and decisions are made on merits alone.