Health and Wellbeing Officer
Posted on Nov 11, 2021 by CHM Recruit
Health & Wellbeing Officer
37.5 hours per week - Monday to Friday
£34,705 per annum
This is a fixed term contract for one year. With possibility of extension.
Our client, a conservation charity protects wetlands for wildlife and people. The charity conserve, restore and create wetlands, they are pioneers in saving wetland wildlife, and inspire everyone to value what healthy wetlands can achieve for people and nature.
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF)
The project is a partnership with MHF, the UK's leading charity for everyone's mental health. They are home to Mental Health Awareness Week and, with prevention at their heart, they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive.
Wetlands have a unique role to play in supporting people's health. For example, recent YouGov research, commissioned by MHF, found that 65% of people find that being near water improves their mental wellbeing and is their favourite part of nature. Our client and MHF are now working to better understand how the mental health benefits to people from wetlands can be maximised.
This exciting and unique role is centred on exploring this relationship further by developing and delivering structured programmes that connect people with wetlands for health benefit. Principally, this will be through social prescribing mechanisms, in alignment with the NHS long-term plan, but with exploration of non-prescribed routes to further promote wellbeing in the community. You will focus delivery at our client's equally unique London Wetland Centre, and the surrounding area.
Through co-production you will facilitate the design and delivery of outdoor nature-based interventions that meet the needs of people experiencing mild/moderate mental health problems. You will have experience in this field and be adept at creating the health networks needed for a wetland health programme that prioritises people living with long term conditions, single parents, and people from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds.
You will help evaluate the success of the programme, with support from our client's Ecosystem Health and Social Dimensions Unit (EHSD), project partners MHF and academic partners. You will use this evidence base, your networks and ingenuity to help our client establish a model for how the project can be sustained long-term, beyond short-term funding.
To deliver the above you will work closely with our client and their newly appointed Blue Prescribing Project Manager to establish the peer support networks and online resources that augment the programme.
The organisation anticipate you will have prior experience in the health sector working with people experiencing mental health problems, and/or experience delivering outdoor mental health interventions, in addition to a commitment to achieving high levels of safeguarding. Knowledge and experience of conducting research, especially relating to the collection and analysis of social data, will also be an important skill; knowledge of social prescribing systems would be advantageous.
With a significant time requirement spent outside and engaging people with wetlands you will bring knowledge and a passion for the natural environment, a commitment to learn and the ability to convey the importance and wonder of wetlands to others.
In return for your hard work and dedication you'll enjoy a wide range of benefits including:
- 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service
- Contributory pension scheme (conditions apply)
- Life assurance
- Free parking and secure bike storage areas
- Cycle to work scheme
- Free entry to all our centres
Closing date: Tuesday 23rd November
Interview date: Thursday 2nd December
To Apply and for More Information:
Please click the apply button. You will be taken to a simple CHM Recruit form where you can find out more information and complete your application by following the instructions.
Appointment to this position is subject to the successful candidate receiving an enhanced disclosure and barred list check (child).
The organisation is an equal opportunities employer and all applications will be considered solely on merit.
No agencies please.