Lead Mental Health Practitioner (Supported Self Help Service)

Are you a highly committed individual wanting to make a difference and support the improvement of mental wellbeing in Derby and Derbyshire?

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, experienced practitioner to join Derbyshire Mind to deliver Mind’s guided self-help programme, “Supported Self Help”, on a national basis, at a time when the service has never been more needed.

Mind’s Supported Self Help service is designed to meet the needs of individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. The role will involve supporting the ongoing development of the service, alongside providing line management support and guidance to the Mental Health Practitioner. The role holder will also carry their own caseload of clients and will provide support to them virtually via Teams or over the phone as well as from various community venues within Derby City, working proactively with individuals to support them via a facilitated self-help approach.

The Role

Role:  Lead Mental Health Practitioner (Supported Self Help Service)

Hours:  Full Time: 37 hours per week (can be flexible if part time is preferred)

Salary:  £27,500 per annum for full time

Contract: Fixed term until 30 Sept 2025

Working Pattern:  Typically 7.4 hours per day Mon-Fri, including paid lunch break, but flexible working required across the week according to organisational needs.

Location:  Flexible by location.  Nominated office base is Derby West Business Centre in Mackworth, Derby. The role will be a combination of working from home/in the office with regular travel across Derby City.

Transport:  A driving license and access to your own car is necessary for this role.


Job Purpose:     

Supported Self Help is a ‘guided self-help’ programme developed by Mind, designed to meet the needs of people who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. The role will involve hybrid working from home, our Head Office as well as various community venues within Derby City, delivering the Supported Self Help programme, working proactively with individuals to support them via a facilitated self-help approach.

Supported Self-Help is an early intervention service co-produced between national Mind and local Minds, and informed by lived experience. The programme will be delivered nationally and triaged by National Mind, therefore clients being referred into the service will be based nationally as well as locally.

The role will also provide support and guidance to the Mental Health Practitioner (Supported Self Help Service), who will be working 22 hours per week.

The successful candidate will have a Level 3 qualification in Health & Social Care or equivalent, experience of providing mental health/wellbeing services to individuals, and experience of managing staff or volunteers.  They will have excellent interpersonal skills and an enthusiastic, committed approach, alongside personal resilience.

How to Apply:

Please read through the Job Description and Person Specification attached.

To apply, please email recruitment@derbyshiremind.org.uk, using the Job Title and your name as the subject, with the below attachments:

  • A covering letter / email detailing why you feel you would be a good fit for this role
  • A copy of your CV
  • A completed application form (please ensure your application form details evidence for each individual criteria (1-29) listed in the Person Specification)
  • A completed Equal Opportunities form

When Completing Your Application Form:

  • Applicants should use the criteria listed in the Person Specification to structure their ‘Supporting Information’ section on their Application Form.
  • To be most successful, applicants should take each criteria in turn, and demonstrate their experience, knowledge, and abilities in that area.
  • The shortlisting panel will score applications based on the information the applicant has provided, and how it meets the listed criteria.
  • No assumptions about an applicant’s skills or experience can be made. The panel can only score your application based on what has been written.
  • If an applicant perhaps feels they don’t have direct experience of the required criteria, they should think about what transferable skills they might have from other areas of their life, as this can all be considered.

For an Informal Conversation about the Role before Applying:
Please contact Alex Bunn (Business and Operations Manager) at alex.bunn@derbyshiremind.org.uk to arrange a time for a phone call.

CLOSING DATE:  Sunday 10th December 2023 at 5pm.

Interviews will be held on either Friday 5th January 2024 or Monday 8th January 2023.

This post is subject to a criminal records check with the disclosure and barring service.


About Derbyshire Mind:

Derbyshire Mind is a local independent mental health charity within the national Mind network. Our focus is on improving mental health and wellbeing for people across Derby and Derbyshire. We provide a range of advocacy and community mental wellbeing services designed to support people with mental health problems as well as the wider population. We have over 50 years’ experience of working locally, supporting people in Derby and Derbyshire to maintain good mental health.

Derbyshire Mind’s Vision:
For everyone in Derbyshire to have good mental wellbeing and to live their best life.

Derbyshire Mind’s Values:
Working Together:
We work alongside others for the greater good
Learning Together: We always aim to do things better
Empowering: We support people to fulfil their potential
Respectful: We don’t judge, we treat others as equals
Positive: We are progressive and focus on solutions

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