Who is Staffordshire University?
Staffordshire University is an award-winning institution with over 100 years’ experience in delivering excellent higher education. Our main Stoke-on-Trent campus is in the heart of the UK, with Centres of Excellence located in the towns of Stafford and Shrewsbury.
After a highly successful year in 2019, which included entering THE World University rankings for the first time, securing TEF Gold, and climbing in all the league tables, our University has constantly expanded its physical presence through new and industry-leading building developments and facilities. Looking towards our 2030 strategy, we are now transforming specific business processes to improve the student experience and integrate a wider feeling of inclusion and safety for our on-campus community. As an inclusive community we support people to achieve their potential and be successful.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented mental health and wellbeing practitioner to join Staffordshire University Student Wellbeing and Safeguarding team, which is part of the Student Support and Wellbeing Service. This is an exceptional period when the team is moving from a traditional Counselling Service to a multi-disciplinary team who provide psychological support to students promoting progression, retention and success at university. The 20/21 academic year has seen the inception of ‘single session therapy’ to great success, signifying the ambition to create a continually evolving service delivery.
This position requires a dynamic and experienced mental health and wellbeing practitioner to be part of a forward-looking team delivering evidence-based interventions which foster student autonomy and resilience. You will be part of a team with responsibility for student safeguarding for the university and assist in the establishment of a whole university approach to student wellbeing. 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.
You will operate flexibly, from late afternoon to early evening and willingly provide advice and support to Res Life Coordinators and other Departments on site.
The role will require the successful candidate to provide:
- Mental health advice, support and clinical interventions
- Counselling and other psychological therapies or psychosocial interventions
- Case management and co-ordination
- Overseeing the provision of support to students in crisis/at risk of suicide or self-harm
- Support for the inception of a Weekly Wellbeing Café
- The successful candidate will have a Post-Graduate Diploma equivalent qualification in a relevant clinical field (e.g. Counselling/Psychotherapy, Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Counselling
- Psychology, etc) and be accredited by a relevant professional body (e.g. NMC, NASW, BACP, UKCP, HCPC, BPS etc). Additionally, the successful candidate will have proven experience of effective strong clinical experience of working with people struggling with their mental health including experience in crisis intervention and of managing client risk.
In return for your dedication, we have a competitive benefits package available
- Competitive incremental rates of Pay
- 37 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days (pro rata’d)
- Excellent Pension Scheme
- Access to continued professional and personal development
- An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
- Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
- Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
- Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans