£21,703 - £23,906 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Would you like to work for a leading mental health charity?

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?

If yes, join us here at Rethink Mental Illness.


We have an exciting opportunity based at our service in HMP Northumberland, where you will join our friendly and inspiring team as a Mental Health Care Navigator. This role is due to expansion of our contract, as a provider of the national Reconnect project funded by NHS England.


Your role will be a fixed term position until 31st March 2022, working full time, 35 hours per week based in HMP Northumberland and the surrounding community. You will generally be working Monday to Friday 08.00am until 16:00pm, however we will need you to be able to work flexibility to support the needs of the service.


Our Mental Health Care Navigators use a coaching framework, to manage wellbeing in the pre and post release period, to prevent a return to ill health as well as a reduction in reoffending. By preventing this decline in health, through robust reconnection with health services in the community we will reduce health inequalities for those leaving the criminal justice system and provide support to allow a seamless, and effective transition to independent community living.


Who are we?

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”


In everything we do, we seek to demonstrate our values: Passion, Openness, Hope, Expertise and Understanding. If these values resonate with you, we would love to hear from you.


What will you be doing?

You will work seamlessly with the other Mental Health Care Navigators to ensure holistic and meaningful support is provided to those with health vulnerabilities on their release from prison, ensuring continuity of care and fruition of release plans.

  • As needed, providing support to those being released from court, and provide assistance with these processes
  • Completing a holistic needs assessment with each patient and use service documents to plan their care and release, utilizing supervision to ensure a high quality of care provision
  • Developing tailored models of support for patients through a variety of modalities, mediums and with varying intensity to promote independent self-management and engagement with statutory and non-statutory services
  • Taking a lead role in service user engagement, including facilitation of service user forums and support of peer mentors
  • Supporting health promotion, planning and delivering health promotion events in collaboration with colleagues
  • Completing detailed, accurate, professional and timely notes for each patient, and upload them to the relevant clinical systems in line with organizational processes and local, regional and national dataset requirements
  • Working in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory agencies as appropriate, in relation to continuing care on release from prison.


Do you have what we are looking for?

  • I am educated to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent with qualifications or training relevant to the Mental Health Care Navigation role, e.g. Health and Social Care
  • Experience of supporting vulnerable individuals to identify, set and meet their own goals using 1:1 and/or group interventions
  • A working knowledge of health, debts, housing, court systems, mental health, criminal justice and substance misuses
  • Experience of working to support individuals using structured, time limited support and am confident with this way of working
  • I hold a full UK driving license and have access to my own transport for work purposes
  • The ability to make a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s situation and needs; to develop, implement and review risk management plans and devise support plans to meet these needs.
  • Experience of using clinical outcome measures to inform practice


What will you receive?

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development and a range e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

  • Salary of £21,703.61 to £23,905.97 per annum
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance and employee assistance programme
  • 25 days annual leave rising to 30 days plus bank holidays  
  • Your "Rethink Day" - 1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • Flexible working  


Don’t just change jobs, change lives!


Just a couple of final things,

Please note this post is subject to a DBS Enhanced with Adults Barred check and Home Office Prison Security Vetting procedures.

We proactively welcome applicants from those with lived experience of the criminal justice system, and reserve the right to seek a reference from your Offender Supervisor and/or Manager where applicable.


We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+ (LGBTQ+), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this. Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If a shortened closing date has a significant impact on your ability to apply, please let us know.

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Refreshed on: 11 April 2021
Closing date: 01 May 2021
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