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Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing

Aston University - PVC Students

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd June 2022
Closes: 8th July 2022
Job Ref: R220388

Location: 

Aston University Main Campus

Closing Date: 

Friday 08 July 2022

The post-holder will provide highly effective strategic vision, leadership and direction for the Mental Health & Wellbeing team at Aston University. 

Reporting to the Director of Student Welfare – and working closely as part of the senior leadership team with the Head of Counselling, Head of Disability & Academic Support, and the Residential Experience & Support Manager – the post-holder will line manage:

  •   Senior Mental Health Specialist (1.0 FTE)
  •   Mental Health Speciality (2.0 FTE)
  •   Mental Health Advisor (3.0 FTE)
  •   Mental Health & Wellbeing Coordinator (1.0 FTE)

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Team offers delivers a triage service, supporting students directly when appropriate – and directing students to the most appropriate support in a timely manner when required – as well as providing non-therapeutic support to students who present to the Team. Additionally, the MHW Team proactively support the wellbeing of all students across the University via campaigns, workshops and engagement events – including the development and provision of specialist training, expert advice and guidance to academic and professional services staff. 

The post holder will have a key role in managing student mental health matters, including all policies, procedures and practice in relation to students with diagnosed mental health conditions, as well as students who are ‘at-risk’ at any given time throughout their studies at the University – ensuring that the service deploys resources effectively and creatively to provide an appropriate range of evidenced-based specialised support for students in order to help them to successfully engage with their academic and non-academic student experience. In addition, the postholder will need to ensure that there is an integrated delivery of service to students – alongside colleagues from the Counselling Service and the Disability & Academic Support Service – in order to maximise efficiency and accessibility for students. 

Ensuring service compliance with the internal service level agreements and regulations, as well as national professional benchmarks, they will effectively and creatively deploy resources to provide specialist advice and support for students, to support them with their student experience. The post-holder will be responsible for providing expert advice and guidance to students and staff in the University’s Colleges as well as other Professional Services areas, on issues relating to student mental health and wellbeing. Playing a critical role in helping to foster a University-wide culture of promoting positive wellbeing, they will be expected to drive forward innovation, continuous improvement, horizon-scan and lead change to ensure that the service model is responsible to the change external environment and student needs – implementing and utilising rich data sources, metrics and feedback, to innovate, develop and improve the service.

The role is likely to appeal to an experience and strategic leader and manager and/or service specialist.

Interview Date: Expected in late July.

A Satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this role.

To apply, please submit an updated and comprehensive CV (listing all relevant qualification and experience) as well as a covering letter (800 – 1500 words) outlining your suitability for the role to paul.hunt@hays.com

For more information, and to request an information pack including job description and person specification, please contact Paul Hunt at Hays Education

T: 07921583731

E: paul.hunt@hays.com

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