Careers at The College

Mental Health Support Worker - Care

Bournemouth & Poole College has an exciting opportunity for a Mental Health Support Worker (Care) to join their team on a term time only, fixed term contract (until the 08/07/2022). In return you will receive a competitive salary of £18,833 per annum pro-rata.

Bournemouth & Poole College are the largest provider of further education and apprentices within the area. We have around 11,000 students that are from across the UK and the world. Our passion is education and transformation through skills and knowledge. We are proud to demonstrate high student achievement and our apprenticeship training ranks extremely highly - we are in the top 11 % of general FE colleges and top 6.5% overall including other providers for apprenticeship delivery.

Bournemouth & Poole College
Student Support
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Fixed term end date
Employment Basis
Term time only, part time hours
Contracted working hours
24 hours per week
North Road, Poole
£18,833 per annum pro-rata
Closing date

About the role:

As our Mental Health Support Worker (Care), your role will be to work within the Care Curriculum area providing personal support primarily to full-time learners that are deemed ‘At Risk ‘on a number of pastoral topics, especially mental health concerns, referring to support within Student Support and the wider Student Experience directorate as appropriate with regular one-to-ones appropriately recorded.


Responsibilities as our Mental Health Support Worker (Care):

  • Assess and support students with common mental health problems in their self-management whilst at college and promote independence and resilience
  • Adhere to the College mental health/wellbeing policy and work within protocols on the admissions procedures, assessments, referral systems and guidelines for tutors
  • Undertake weekly 121’s with a dedicated caseload of ‘at risk’ students within the Care Curriculum area
  • Deliver workshops sessions to groups of students on topics such as resilience and positivity
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to mental health
  • Support the on-going College application process, interviews, and initial assessment of students support needs
  • Contribute to the initial assessment of the students support needs
  • Provide input on all issues pertinent to students that have mental health problems
  • Undertake, complete and re-assess risk assessments for students that may pose a risk to themselves or others
  • Work with the curriculum area to invite external agencies into College that can deliver workshops to student groups
  • Keep accurate records for all supported students via data bases and internal computer programs

 As our Mental Health Support Worker (Care), you’ll ideally have:

  • English and maths – Level 2
  • Possess the confidence and experience to work successfully with students  around mental health and safeguarding
  • Previous experience of working directly with young people that have mental health needs
  • Understand the signs and triggers Mental Health
  • Have a proven track record of being able to support young people with Mental Health difficulties
  • 3 years’ experience working closely with Community/NHS Mental Health Teams
  • Experience in motivational interviewing and support strategies
  • Ability to work with a varied caseload
  • Experience in working with stress management, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Challenging behaviour, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Ability to use a range of ICT skills Inc. Microsoft packages
  • Ability to instil confidence in staff and students and record all aspects of support given
  • Maintaining high professional standards/working co-operatively with colleagues
  • Ability to work in a team and individually as may be required to work unsupervised and to work to deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills


As a member of support staff at Bournemouth & Poole College you can expect to receive a market rate salary and excellent benefits including:

  • 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 after 5 years' service with the College
  • up to 4 days leave during the Christmas closure period
  • Free parking at all of our college sites (where spaces are available)
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme


Closing date – 21st October 2021


If you feel you are the right candidate for this Mental Health Support Worker (Care) role then please click ‘apply’ now! We’d love to hear from you!

The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate safeguarding checks which includes an enhanced DBS check as well as providing proof of right to work in the UK.