University of Southampton

University of Southampton

Specialist Practitioner

Specialist Practitioner Student Wellbeing

Location: Highfield Campus Salary: £34,980 to £42,978 Pro rata per annum Part Time Permanent Closing Date: Wednesday 17 April 2024 Interview Date: See advert Reference: 2671424NY

The University of Southampton is seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to join our Wellbeing team as a Specialist Practitioner. The Practitioner will work with a caseload of students to provide advice and guidance for issues such as emotional wellbeing, mental health difficulties, safeguarding concerns and academic concerns. They will also chair Student Support Review meetings attended by students and other University departments to support students if concerns are raised about their health, wellbeing and behaviour which may be impacting on their academic progress and/or general management of life at University or on placement.

The Wellbeing Practitioner team is part of the Student Wellbeing Service. The service offer includes: a 24/7 Open Door drop-in service, wellbeing workshops, events, a team of wellbeing practitioners, self-help resources and short-term counselling.

Main duties include:

Manage a case load of students by providing individual one to one support within a short-term support model.

  • Duty practitioner for the Open-door service between the core hours of 9 – 5 a minimum of once a week.
  • Contribute to risk reviews and risk management strategies.
  • Contribute to the management processes of those student cases that present as a concern.
  • Review requests for Student Support Review Panels and Chair these panels.
  • Create bespoke support plans for the student.
  • Engage across the University with other specialist roles.
  • Proficiently use Microsoft Teams to conduct online video appointments to meet the students' needs and use data management systems to manage your caseload.
  • Contribute to University wide projects with specialist knowledge.
  • Actively promote the work of the Wellbeing Team both within the University and the wider local community
  • Work collegially with other colleagues to take a multi-disciplinary approach which creates a seamless student experience.
  • The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, and proven experience in relevant sectors such as Social Work, Probation, Occupational Health, Mental Health Advisers, or have experience working with a diverse student population; those impacted by emotional wellbeing, mental health, harassment or safeguarding. Successful candidates must have a relevant degree or be able to demonstrate an equivalent skill level and/or hold a relevant specialist qualification.

    This post is offered on a permanent part-time basis of 4 days a week. The role offers flexible working with a blend of on campus and home working. The successful candidate will get involved in the wider Wellbeing Team's outreach work on occasional weekends. The position offers a starting salary of £34,980 as well as additional benefits, such as a generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days. We will support your long term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.

    As a University we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity.

    Interviews are scheduled for 8th and 9th of May.

    If you would like more information about this vacancy, please contact Lead Practitioner Charli Maidment - [email protected] or Student Wellbeing MDT Manager - Nerys Sharp - [email protected]

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    Further details:
  • Job Description and Person Specification
  • We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and welcome applicants who support our mission of inclusivity.

    Apply by midnight on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or [email protected] quoting the job number.


    Job details


    Specialist Practitioner


    University of Southampton


    United Kingdom


    March 28, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 17, 2024

    Job type



    Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    One of the top research universities in the U.K., the University of Southampton is best-known for its innovative learning system. The university is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Originating from Hartley Institution in 1862, Southampton got the university status in 1952.
    The University of Southampton offers undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation year courses in various disciplines. The different departments of the university include the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Sciences. Apart from the core subjects, Southampton also offers some exclusive areas of study including audiology, acoustical engineering, archaeology, criminology, optoelectronics, and gerontology.

    The university has seven campuses; amongst them, five are in Southampton itself and the other two are in Winchester and Malaysia, respectively. Highfields is the main campus of the University of Southampton. Notably, Southampton is a vibrant city with enormous opportunities. All the seven campuses of the University of Southampton boast of world-class infrastructure. The campuses maintain the most optimized environs for advanced learning. There are hi-tech laboratories, art studios, and libraries on the campuses. The university comprises highly-experienced faculty members who are from the academia as well as respective industries. Further, Southampton maintains collaborations with the leading universities and institutions across the world for student exchange and study-abroad programs.

    The University of Southampton is dedicated to research-oriented education. It has partnered with other universities, government bodies and industries to conduct integrated research and innovation programs. The university is also funded by businesses for commercial research and development. Southampton conducts skill development programs for students catering to the demands of industries. The adaptability and aptitude for evolving technologies are cultivated amongst the students to help them grow as future leaders. Further, the university has a placement cell and maintains tie-ups with industries for the placements of students.

    The University of Southampton features holistic environments for the overall development of the students. Apart from best-in-class academic modules, the university offers ample opportunities to maintain physical fitness and mental well-being. There are sports courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums and cafeterias on the campuses. Further, regular fitness classes, sports meets, cross-disciplinary activities, competitions, cultural events, and fests are organized at the university. The University of Southampton also engages in various social and environmental awareness campaigns. Moreover, students get the opportunity to participate in community development initiatives. The university has the mission to build a better world with innovative minds.

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