Senior Mental Health Champion

*Youth Promise Plus* June 2020 until 30th October 2021

Personal Mental Health Champions for Young People

1 x Senior Mental Health Champion at a salary of £30k per annum

Are you a qualified Occupational Therapist with experience supporting others who want to make a real difference to the mental health of young people in the community?

We at Better Pathways are proud to have been part of the local community in Digbeth, Birmingham since 1963. We are excited to have the opportunity to deliver this contract for young people (age 15-29 years) with mental health issues. 

We will provide in-depth one to one “wrap around” support alongside partner agencies, enabling seamless progression into education, training or sustainable employment. The services will be delivered in an environment where each young person feels comfortable including in their own homes, enabling them to complete their journey positively.

We offer a fixed-term contract until October 2021, a friendly and flexible working environment, an employee helpline and a generous holiday entitlement of 36 days holiday per year. The working hours on this contract are 37.5 per week Monday to Friday and the roles are based in the community.

The Job Summary and requirements are below, please carefully read this before completing an application. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we will be unable to reply to applicants who have not been shortlisted.  Invitations to attend the recruitment events will be sent out in May.

Please phone 0121 773 1455 or email recruitment[at]betterpathways.org[dot]uk to request an application form, to request further information and/or reasonable adjustments.  We do not accept CVs.

Recruitment Office  
Better Pathways, 201-206 Alcester Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0NQ
                                 

Job Summary: 

The Personal Mental Health Champion will deliver the following: 

  • Manage a defined caseload, using evidence-based/person-centred principles to assess, plan, implement, evaluate interventions in a range of settings.
  • Provide an initial assessment of the young person’s needs to ensure their needs are accurately identified and an initial review of the YPP commissioned health provision’s ability to deliver this. 
  • Develop a Mental Health Action Plan to support each participant in maintaining their YPP journey, supported by a dialogue with their existing YPP support worker from the referring YPP organisation.  This Mental Health Action Plan must be developed in partnership with and signed by the participant.
  • Provide person-centred one to one participant support for registered YPP participants referred in by partners or the contracted provider, or self-referred 
  • To assess clinical risk and support the stabilisation of a young person’s mental health where this is challenging their ability to maintain their YPP journey.
  • Provide practical assistance to maintain their journey in YPP. This will include exploring self-care and coping strategies.
  • Mentoring and liaison support to help maintain engagement with any other mental health support services with which the young person is linked.
  • Navigation of mental health services and support to enable the young person to remain within and benefit from this provision. Support to enter additional mental health provision where this is necessary. This will require extensive knowledge and ability to interact with local mental health services in Birmingham and Solihull
  • To demonstrate and apply an understanding of the effects of mental health and recommend actions/ adaptations to the participants social and physical environment.

Essential Person Requirements

  • Diploma/Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Experience of providing Occupational Therapy Support including dedicated time spent in Adults of Working Age or Older Adults mental health either in a ward or community setting
  • Specialist knowledge and application of current best practice in Occupational Therapy and mental health /clinical speciality
  • Experience of psychosocial interventions 
  • Understanding of Occupational Therapy outcome measures
  • Detailed knowledge of health legislation and current practice including CPA and risk assessment management
  • Experience in supporting disabled/disadvantaged young people and knowledge of barriers faced by people with mental health issues
  • Experience and knowledge of delivering neuro-diverse support
  • Caseload management, providing face to face support, building rapport and developing trust 

Desirable Person Requirements

  • Post-registration experience in a range of clinical settings
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural community    
  • Knowledge of a range of community agencies/facilities
  • Membership of special interest groups/networks
  • Ability to work autonomously and set own priorities
  • A commitment to person centered recovery model
  • Membership of Professional Body (COP) British Association of Occupational Therapists
  • Access to a vehicle for work purposes