Student Disability Adviser (Mental Health)

Oxford Brookes University - Directorate of Academic and Student Affairs

A recent service review identified that we need to strengthen our capacity to support the increasing numbers of students with emerging or ongoing mental illness. The post of Student Disability Adviser (Mental Health) has been created to achieve this, and the post holder will bring established skills and experience in the field of mental health work, as their caseload will be allocated accordingly. This is a full-time, permanent position.

The Student Disability Adviser (MH) will be responsible for:

  • Engaging students disclosing disabilities, assessing needs, and making recommendations for 'reasonable adjustments' to overcome barriers in the learning environment, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.
  • Making referrals for specialist Non Medical Help (NMH) and other services within Wellbeing and the wider university, and externally, liaise with GPs, Health and Social Care, and parents/carers.
  • Developing links with faculties and academic colleagues and explore with them how best they can support students with disabilities.
  • Contributing to multidisciplinary and collective aims and activities with team and department colleagues and specific groups of staff on matters relating to the needs of disabled students within the university.

You should have:

  • Substantial experience of supporting clients with complex mental health issues and developing individualised packages of support to enable them to overcome challenges and fulfil their potential, including formulating risk assessment and crisis management plans.
  • Excellent communication skills and a commitment to building effective relationships within a multidisciplinary setting and in the education sector.
  • A degree or equivalent qualification or work experience.
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislative frameworks.

Anticipated interview dates 6 and/or 7 December 2017.

International applicants from outside the EU will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK.

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