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Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Salary £16,903 - £18,744per annum, pro rata
  • Location Oxford, Oxfordshire, South East
  • Job Type Part-time
  • Category Teaching
  • Sectors Mental Health
  • Job Reference : MHFA INSTRUCTOR

Job Description

MHFA Instructor|Restore

Department: Volunteering and Training

Reports to: Head of HR, Volunteering and Training

Employment term: Part Time/Perm (21 Hours a week)

Salary: £16,903 - £18,744per annum, pro rata

Position based in: Oxford, UK

Benefits: EAP, Individual Training Budget, Pensions, Travel loan, Eye Care scheme, Cycle to work scheme, 33 days holiday, four weeks unpaid sabbatical after five year’s service

Are you passionate about delivering training in mental health and how it can positively impact recovery? Do you have the skills to engage learners in how to recognise symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help? Do you enjoy the challenge of a rewarding and stimulating role? We are looking for a highly organised, skilled communicator who is able to empower the learners.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a key member within a small team and deliver targeted training within Restore and to the wider community. We are looking for a team-oriented, experienced individual.

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:

  • An Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which can provide short term counselling, and up to six sessions of relevant physical therapy.
  • An individual training budget which, in agreement with your line manager, you can allocate to relevant training and development opportunities, from both within the partnership, and externally.
  • A pension scheme that provides 2% matched to your own contributions.
  • A travel loan to buy any bus or train season tickets in advance
  • An eye care scheme which contributes funds towards spectacles for DSE use
  • Access to our Cycle to Work Scheme which enables you to save up to 47% off the retail price of bikes and accessories.
  • 33 days annual leave, inclusive of bank holidays (pro rata), and the option to take an unpaid sabbatical after 5 years of service with us.
  • An MHFA instructor is required to be qualified and accredited by MHFA England. We will fund your training, and pay you whilst you train.

Key Responsibilities

We want to enable you to become a qualified MHFA instructor. An MHFA instructor is required to be qualified and accredited by MHFA England. We will fund your training, and pay you whilst you train.

This post requires a dynamic and committed person to deliver MHFA in Oxfordshire and occasionally elsewhere in the UK. The post will assist in marketing, developing, and delivering Mental Health First Aid for Restore.

The Mental Health First Aid Instructor is responsible for promoting and delivering Mental Health First Aid training.

Delivering MHFA

  • Deliver MHFA training to a high standard, enabling people to become skilled MHFAiders
  • Promote and market MHFA aiming to recruit both individuals and organisations onto MHFA courses
  • Co-ordinate MHFA bookings include arranging venue hire and catering
  • Manage the collection and reporting of MHFA data, including learner details
  • Assist in the design and delivery of bespoke Mental Health in the Workplace training courses

General Responsibilities

  • Carry out administrative duties such as data entry, record keeping, emails, course bookings and invoicing, and produce reports in line with MHFA England and funder requirements
  • Participate in, and make use of staff meetings
  • Participate in, and make use of supervision
  • Demonstrate commitment to Restore’s aims and values, addressing race, culture, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation, age and other discrimination in relation to mental health issues
  • Work with other Restore staff as part of a team
  • Attend annual Continuing Professional Development Training as required
  • Abide by all Restore policies, procedures and protocols
  • Undertake any other duties as may be required by Restore
  • To cover for other instructors during periods of absence if needed

Person Specification: MHFA Instructor

  • An understanding of the sector, a commitment to Restore, and empathy with people with mental health problems is vital. Restore needs people who have the ability to cope with limited resources, seize opportunities and think creatively.
  • Awareness of the stigma and other issues surrounding mental illness is important, as is the ability to remain impartial, as this role may involve working in potentially sensitive areas

Essential Requirements

  • The ability to deliver a range of MHFA training
  • Ability to  co-ordinate the delivery of mental health training in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties
  • Flexibility required on working days and willing to undertake evening and weekend work when required
  • Willing to undertake regular travel within the county and occasionally elsewhere in the UK
  • Full driving licence and access to own vehicle
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • One to one skills and the ability to give impartial information, advice and guidance
  • Ability to give the time commitment to the training
  • Experience of delivering training/teaching effectively
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Positive attitude towards people with mental health issues
  • Enthusiastic approach to reducing stigma associated with mental ill health
  • Computer literacy 
  • Can demonstrate ability to be objective and non-judgmental
  • Able to deliver all MHFA products on a regular basis and to a high standard
  • Attend National Trainer meetings and training days when required Ability to communicate with, motivate and support others
  • Appropriate self-presentation for contact with different groups of people
  • Ability to write reports and keep records
  • Ability to form good effective working relationships and work as part of a team
  • Commitment to all aspects of anti-discriminatory practice
  • Knowledge of equal opportunities legislation including the Disability Discrimination Ac

Desirable criteria

  • Ability to design and deliver a variety of mental health training packages
  • Training/teaching qualifications, e.g. AET (Award in Education and Training)Experience of effective networking
  • Good knowledge about mental health issues
  • Experience of delivering training in a diverse range of topics
  • MHFA qualification
  • Experience of working in unstructured and informal settings

Other Information:

  • Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • This post will be on a 4 week’s 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.

This job description is likely to 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 Chief Executive and Trustees.

About Restore

Restore is an Oxfordshire charity that provides expert support in innovative rehabilitation, employment and training support for people with mental health problems. Our aim is to work with people with mental health problems to enable them to achieve their maximum potential.

Restore is a charitable company limited by guarantee and our trustees are elected by our membership and run the organisation on their behalf.

We believe that everyone has talents and abilities, and the capacity to make a valuable contribution to the community. We believe that people with mental health problems have the right to work and the right to the support they need to become and remain employed. We believe that the stigma associated with mental health problems damages the whole community and we work to challenge this discrimination.

Restore works in Oxfordshire with people who have mental health problems. We work with about 1,000 people a year and enable people in their journey of recovery and support them to get paid work.

Restore provides two main types of support. These are coaching and recovery groups. Coaching is one to one support aimed at enabling the person supported to do something specific. Restores coaching support focuses on supporting people to get paid work, to go back to work after a period of sickness, or to start education. Recovery groups provide people with the opportunity to come together in a group and work on their journey of recovery together. They use practical tasks (such as gardening, woodwork, catering) to make this possible.