Mental Health Advisor
The Counselling Service is a multi-disciplinary central specialist service for student and staff mental health and wellbeing provision in the University. It sits within the Student Support and Wellbeing Directorate. The Counselling Service provides support for the institution by providing individual and group interventions, consultancy and support for College and Departmental Staff, and the development, delivery or support for proactive initiatives around mental health and wellbeing. The Service exists to enable students to make the most of the academic and social opportunities that the University affords, and to enable staff to fulfil their potential in the workplace. The Service is responsive to the changing needs of Durham University and operates within clear ethical and professional guidelines.
The Disability Support Service offers academic-related support to students across the University who have a recognised disability, specific learning difference, medical or mental health condition that impacts their ability to participate fully in university life.
Mental Health Advisors play a key role in the context of the increasing incidence of mental health issues amongst students, the increasing numbers of students pre-disclosing mental health disabilities and the complexity of managing mental health risk across the University. Mental Health Advisors are members of the Counselling Service team but work closely with colleagues in Disability Support and our Colleges.
The primary purpose of the role is to ensure the efficient and effective assessment and support of student mental health needs and risk, linking University and community-based health support. The post holder will provide guidance and advice to students to ensure that they obtain the appropriate treatment, support and, where applicable, the necessary reasonable adjustments. The role requires participation in multidisciplinary Support Meetings. The post holder will undertake assessment of students' fitness to study where there is a concern regarding their mental wellbeing, which may include fitness to participate in field trips, year abroad programmes and professional training (teaching and social work).
Mental Health Advisors offer consultative services and training to all members of University staff.
At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work. We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
- Recognised professional Registered Mental Health Nurse practioner, Social Worker or equivalent service specialist, with significant relevant mental health experience with young adults.
- Implement changes to the design and development of service processes, techniques and deliverables for one or more service strands or project streams.
- Provide specialist expertise and support, conducting mental health assessments, offering short-term psychological support and consulting with University colleagues and external mental health services, to mitigate risk to the individual student, their peers, staff members and the University.
- Contribute to development of operational service activities to ensure excellence in the stakeholder experience.
- Collect and analyse stakeholder feedback to help define needs and requirements and the design and planning of services.
- Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the University reputation.
- Identify and design activities to meet learning objectives and outcomes.
- Deliver training, teaching and/or development delivery for stakeholders.
- Maintain an awareness of current policy for University business goals such as widening participation and access, and provision of advice using specialist knowledge.
- Contribute to and lead Support Meetings under the Mental Health Policy, working groups and sub-committees at departmental and operational service levels.