JOB VACANCY: Recovery College Tutors

Role summary: We’re looking for individuals who have experience (either lived or professional) who can join our pool of skilled and dedicated Tutors. We will accept applications to become an ‘Expert by Experience’ from individuals who have personal lived experience of recovery from mental health problems, and from individuals who have lived experience of caring for someone with a mental health problem. We will also accept applications to become an ‘Expert by Training’ from professionals in relevant fields, such as Music, Mindfulness or Creative Writing.

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: £15 per hour

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Recovery College Tutor

Applications close on date: Thursday 1st February 2018 at midday.

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description: Recovery College Tutor|Restore
Reports to: Tutor Coordinator

Hours: Maximum 15 hours/week Salary: £15 per hour

Position based in: Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK Benefits: Pensions, (2% matched to your own contributions), Access to counselling phone line for employees (including any members of their immediately family who permanent live with them), Mental Health First Aid Training and other appropriate induction training.

About Restore and the Recovery College

Restore is a respected and established mental health charity, set in the heart of a vibrant and diverse county. Restore is part of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership, a partnership that formally brings together six local mental health organisations: Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust, Connections Floating Support, Elmore Community Services, Oxfordshire MIND, Response and Restore. The partnership is committed to better integrating services across the county in order to make it easier for people to get the best mental health support possible.
The Oxfordshire Recovery College was established by these 6 partners, with Restore being the Lead Partner, 2 years ago and has been growing and thriving ever since. The college provides recovery-focused courses for a student base of people with mental health problems; their friends, family and carers; and staff and volunteers working in the mental health sector. Covering all of Oxfordshire, we take an educational approach to recovery, and believe that where people are provided with tools, knowledge and skills, that they can live a full and meaningful life. All of our courses are co-produced and co-delivered, drawing on both professional expertise and lived experience in equal measure.

Find out more at http://www.restore.org.uk and http://www.oxfordshirerecoverycollege.org.uk

Why work for us?
As an employee of Restore, you can expect a range of fantastic benefits and opportunities to both support you and enable you to develop both personally and professionally. These include:
• Access to a counselling service over the phone for employees (including any members of their immediately family who permanent live with them).
• A great pension scheme that provides 2% matched to your own contributions.
• 18 hours training. This includes Mental Health First Aid (12 hours), Introduction to Restore training (6 hours) which covers who Restore is as well as key policies such as boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding, equal opportunities and whistleblowing.
About the role
Now in our third year, the college is continuing to grow and expand, and we’re looking bring new skilled and experienced Tutors into the team to design and facilitate courses, and support the day-to-day running of the college.
Tutors often work remotely, co-delivering courses across the county at any of our ‘Hub and Spoke’ locations. Hours are negotiated on a termly basis to meet the needs of the college, in agreement with you. There are real opportunities to draw on your lived experience and/or professional background, to benefit the varied student group we support, and to collaborate with other like-minded and passionate individuals.
We will accept applications to become an ‘Expert by Experience’ from individuals who have personal lived experience of recovery from mental health problems, and from individuals who have lived experience of caring for someone with a mental health problem. We will also accept applications to become an ‘Expert by Training’ from professionals in relevant fields, such as Music, Mindfulness or Creative Writing.

More specifically, the job entails:

• To work alongside other Experts by Experience and Experts by Training (Tutors) to coproduce and co facilitate courses and workshops to a range of students
• To work with others to develop lesson plans and written training support material for new courses as well as updating existing materials to reflect changes within the sector.
• To support the development and maintenance of the college as a recovery environment and promote the spirit of recovery, co-production and co-delivery for all courses
• Where relevant, to use parts of your recovery story to inspire hope in others as appropriate
• To support individuals and groups using a Peer approach
• To raise awareness of recovery language with all students by modelling positive strengths based, non-discriminatory, non-jargon, non-medicalised language in all areas of work
• To communicate and consult with students and partners on the development of courses and workshops
• To assist in the future recruitment and training of Tutors, volunteers and staff with a focus on principles of recovery and social inclusion
• Attend regular group supervision and team meetings
• To work flexibly, covering colleagues’ absence. In future, this may include some evenings and weekends.
• To ensure professional relationships with students and colleagues, respecting their views, autonomy and culture
• To work within the college’s processes and procedures, including safeguarding and health and safety.
• To signpost students to other relevant services or supports.
Additional Responsibilities to be negotiated on appointment:
• To carry out Individual Learning Plan (ILP) appointments on a one-to-one basis with students, either in person or over the phone as selected by the student.
• To work with students to develop and set appropriate learning goals, and to identify learning and support needs.
• To maintain records on the MRN database in a timely manner, ensuring student information is accurate and up-to-date.

Person Specification

We’re looking for individuals who have experience (either lived or professional) who can join our pool of skilled and dedicated Tutors. We will accept applications to become an ‘Expert by Experience’ from individuals who have personal lived experience of recovery from mental health problems, and from individuals who have lived experience of caring for someone with a mental health problem. We will also accept applications to become an ‘Expert by Training’ from professionals in relevant fields, such as Music, Mindfulness or Creative Writing.
Our ideal candidate will be enthusiastic to pass along tools to others, be able to think creatively, and will be motivated to work closely with others in developing this exciting and evolving project. Empathy, and a strong understanding of the stigma and issues surrounding mental illness are essential.

Essential Requirements
• Excellent listening skills and communication skills (both written and verbal) with clear evidence of ability
• Ability to model recovery, or maintenance of wellbeing
• Ability to set and maintain clear boundaries
• Willingness to reflect on work practice and use feedback to improve
• Ability to work flexibly, as required
• Good computer literacy and record keeping skills
• Ability to work independently and under own initiative
• Strong time management, and ability to manage students’ expectations of the college (and of ILP appointments where relevant)
• Ability to set clear, appropriate and measurable goals
• Awareness of and commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice
• Willingness to undertake training as required
• Willing to undertake travel within the county and occasionally elsewhere in the UK
• An understanding of adult safeguarding

This job description may change over time, subject to discussion with the post holder, and in line with the expectation of funders and the strategy for the organisation agreed by the Board of Trustees.

Desirable Requirements
• Experience of working with people with mental health needs in a paid or voluntary capacity
• Experience of designing or delivering training
• Experience of lone working, and creating a safe one-to-one environment
• Experience of using a database system to record information

Other Information

• Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service.
• Any offer is contingent on the successful completion of Oxfordshire Recovery College Tutor Training. Suitable applicants will be supported throughout this process.
• This post will be on a 2 weeks notice period.
• There is a probation period of six months for new employees, during which time your employment will be monitored. Your employment will be subject to you completing your probationary period to the satisfaction of RESTORE.

To apply, please contact:

Monday, 8th January 2018

Dear Enquirer,

Re: Recovery College Tutor

Thank you for your interest in this post of Recovery College Tutor at the Oxfordshire Recovery College
on behalf of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OHMP).

Please find enclosed the following with this letter:

• Job description.

• Equal opportunities monitoring form and a supplementary form concerning criminal convictions.

At this stage of application we require only a CV (curriculum vitae) and a covering letter. The covering letter should demonstrate your ability and experience in relation to the description. You should explain why you are interested in this job and you should also address in this letter how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification.

Please send applications to jobs@restore.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1st February 2018 at midday.

Interviews for this post will be held on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Monday 12th February 2018.

We may contact you to for further information during the short listing process.

Please note we are not an NHS Employer.

Yours sincerely,

Faye Hasnath
HR Manager

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