Specialist Practitioner (Disability)

University of Southampton - Student Services

The University of Southampton is a research intensive university and is ranked among the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Student Services is a diverse group of services and one of the largest Professional Services departments in the University; at the heart of what we do is a passion for enhancing our students' experiences. If you would like to find out more, please visit our website at www.soton.ac.uk/studentservices

Enabling Services provides a wide variety of support for students who have long-term health conditions, mental health problems or specific learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia). We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Specialist Practitioner to join our disability team to support the implementation of our bold and innovative Inclusive Learning Strategy and help us to continuously improve the student experience. Above all, we are looking for a specialist who is enterprising and keen to develop their practice and that of our team in ways that challenge and are innovative and creative.

You will be expected to have experience in a wide range of support scenarios and a specific understanding of working within a Higher Education setting would be desirable.

In this role you will be expected to support students’ learning and living by being able to:

  • Offer timely advice, information and direct support to students who have disclosed disabilities, including  long-term health issues and mental health conditions.
  • Assess students’ additional needs to enable appropriate referral, make recommendations and liaise with relevant internal and external bodies
  • Manage relationships with key University personnel and other stakeholders and advise in both one-to-one and group settings on disability related matters.
  • Provide support for students attending the Enabling Services Drop-In as well as through workshops and appointments including telephone and via Skype.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to engage and support students
  • problem solving skills to introduce new ways of working
  • experience of managing a fluctuating and often demanding workload
  • skills of persuasion and influence

Successful candidates must have a relevant degree, be able to demonstrate an equivalent skill level and/or hold a relevant specialist qualification. Applications are welcomed from, for example, disability advisors, mental health nurses, specialist teachers/lecturers, counsellors, social workers, mental health advisors, community workers, etc. Membership of, or accreditation by an appropriate specialist body is desirable but not essential.

The advertised role is for 28 hours per week on a permanent basis. The successful candidate would be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check. Our day to day working is based within a multidisciplinary open plan office.

Please note, being able to work flexibly is a requirement of this role; you will be part of a rota that operates from 8am – 6pm across weekdays and occasional weekend working is required for Open Days, arrivals weekend and also Enabling Service Transition Days.

If you would like more information, please email Student Services at studserv@soton.ac.uk

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4048. Please quote reference 921917EW on all correspondence.  

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