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GM Universities Mental Health Service role opportunities

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is part of the GM Universities Mental Health Service.

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will be responsible for the Universities Mental Health Service development. The new service will receive referrals from the existing Universities counselling services. Following a Greater Manchester Student Mental Health Summit in June 2017 facilitated by the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) to review practical actions that could be taken to improve student mental health across Greater Manchester, a GM University Task Group has now been set up.

The Task Group is comprised of the Universities across GM, mental health services, GM Health & Social Care Partnership and VCSE. A new Universities Mental Health Service has been developed, which will be based at Manchester University, with satellite clinics at University of Salford & University of Bolton.

This is the first service of its kind to work in partnership between the NHS, Universities and the VCSE to support student help with coproduction of the Service Specification and clinical model for this trailblazing service development.

The aim of the service is to provide proactive mental health assessment, support and interventions from experienced Mental Health professionals to students to enable them to fulfil their university ambitions and experience. Students with pre-existing mental health problems or those whose mental health problems emerge whilst at university will be supported to succeed and to manage their mental health.

Students of any age can be at risk of experiencing poor mental health and wellbeing due to factors relating to academic, financial and social pressures. This is evident in the high levels of mental distress reported by students, and the extent to which universities have reported significant increases in the number of students seeking counselling support, and in the proportion of students who disclose a mental health condition to their institution  A minority of students enter higher education with a pre-existing mental health condition making the transition to university potentially difficult and disruptive to existing informal support or formal care.  Mental health support services for students need to understand and respond to these transitions and join up care around their needs.

The team will work across GM to support students with mental health issues, in a variety of community settings, including the university sites, or undertaking home visits, encouraging the principles of the recovery approach.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individuals to work in the team. The following positions are available:

  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychological Therapists/Clinical Psychologists
  • Senior Nurse/Case Managers

The jobs are on the NHS jobs website, available here.

For further information please contact Jane Arands, Project Lead on 0161 358 0616 or email 

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