Specialist Support Practitioner – Mental Health, Greater London

£23,000 - £25,000 per annum (dependant upon experience) plus London Weighting

Posted 1 month ago | ref: 198189

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We are delighted to announce that we are working with one of London’s most successful Colleges, who are looking for a Specialist Support Practitioner in Mental Health to join then on full-time permanent basis.

The College are proud to be described as an inclusive college and have a diverse workforce that mirrors the local community.  With a spectacular campus and state-of-the-art facilities, the college firmly believes that their employees are the heart of the organisation and having the right people in the right place is key to their success.

As a Specialist Support Practitioner in Mental Health you will lead and develop strategies and interventions for students with additional needs in order to support them in accessing education and opportunities. To provide high quality effective, and targeted support under the direction of the Additional Learning Support Manager and Team Leader. To always consider how support can better the opportunities for the student, improve their achievement and retention.

Role responsibilities

  • To work closely with the Learning Support Management Team in a cross college capacity in developing evidence based strategies and interventions for students with Mental Health/SEND needs.
  • To have liaison responsibilities with the BeSafe and Wellbeing teams, as well as relevant curriculum areas; to share students support plans, targets and strategies and to ensure that these are monitored and reviewed periodically to make sure that their learning outcomes are met.
  • To assess the needs of students and to be personally active in delivering and/or co-ordinate timely and appropriate support, providing a professional and confidential support service to students seeking support with their learning both in class, on a 1:1 or small group basis.
  • To become a recognised leading authority in Mental Health/SEND, supporting academic and other support staff in understanding and meeting the needs of the students. This will include delivery of training and organising events.
  • To ensure all information about students support awaiting assessments, students’ support and support outcomes is clear and up to date on all IT systems and any associated tracking documentation used by the Learning Support Department.
  • To promote the highest possible standards in customer care, equal opportunities, and health and safety practices for the benefit of students and the wider community served by the College.
  • To safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults served by the College.
  • To be an active member of the BeSafe team, working closely with them to ensure all students are appropriately supported through any disclosures.


The person & qualifications

  • Relevant experience of supporting people with Mental Health/SEND
  • Experience of conducting needs assessments and Risk Assessments for people with mental health difficulties
  • Appropriate professional training/qualification in Disability/Mental Health/SEND (e.g. BSc Psychology, SEN, Teaching Qualification, BACP Accreditation)
  • Minimum Level 2 English and Maths
  • Good working knowledge of mental health and legislation 
  • The ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with young people/ clients/ students


About Protocol

Protocol are the specialist full-service recruiter dedicated to education, training and skills. People are at the heart of everything we do. We place people first.

We’re more than a recruitment agency – we pride ourselves on our ongoing support and aftercare delivered by our expert team, and all our candidates benefit from free access to our exclusive online CPD portal, Learning Zone.

Whatever your career goals, we’ve got the right role for you. With a wide range of temporary and permanent positions available, from lecturing and training jobs to assessment and support staff roles, all with very competitive pay rates and benefits – your future is in good hands.


The legal bit

Protocol promotes equal rights and is an employment business under The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003. Work is undertaken on a self-employed basis under contract with Protocol. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required for all Protocol assignments. All positions advertised by Protocol comply with the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.

As a result of the volume of applications we receive, we regret that we might not be able to respond to every candidate with individual feedback. If we have not contacted you within two weeks of your application being received then regretfully your application will not be taken forward on this occasion.