TrustLinks – REACH Recovery College Outreach Tutor

TrustLinks – REACH Recovery College Outreach Tutor

Trust Links is an organisation committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, Trustees and volunteers to share this commitment.

Trust Links aims to create a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, and that encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential.

POST TITLE: REACH Recovery College Outreach Tutor
POST SALARY: £16,500 – £18,747 pro rata
HOURS OF WORK: 37.5 hours per week, occasional weekends on a rota basis
POST LOCATION: Trust Links Rochford (You may be required to work at any Trust Links project site and other delivery sites in south east Essex)
REPORTS TO: REACH Recovery College Manager
RESPONSIBLE FOR: Peer Facilitator volunteers where appropriate

PURPOSE OF THE POST:
Trust Links is a local charity that aims to develop nurturing and supportive environments that develop strong, resilient and health people and communities. It was established by local people to address mental health needs in the Southend area in 2000, and was registered as a charity and limited company in 2002. We enable people to work together to improve mental health and wellbeing and promote, support, inspire and cultivate wellness and sustainable living.

REACH Recovery College aims to improve mental health and wellbeing and support sustainable transitions for adults from the use of primary and secondary mental health services. This achieved through psycho-educational, creative and vocational workshops and courses and peer support. Trust Links works in close partnership with other mental health and community services in south east Essex to deliver a diverse and person-centred mental health and wellbeing offer to students.

REACH Recovery College will work closely with the REACH Wellbeing Hubs, Crisis Café, Growing Together and Carers Services.
Course delivery will be during the day and some evenings, across seven days per week. Staff will be scheduled termly in advance to deliver timetabled REACH courses

Working as an integral part of the REACH Recovery College multidisciplinary team, the Outreach Tutor role aims to ensure high quality of learner experience, retention and successful accreditation of achievement, through delivery of initial assessment for learning, providing information, advice and guidance on developing individual learning plans, teaching, learning and formative assessment for people aged 16 and over with mental health problems.

Main Duties

1. Teaching and Learning
1.1 Work within curriculum team to plan and organise learning experiences for adults with mental health needs which take account of the range of abilities and prior achievement of students
1.2 Through the initial assessment and termly review process identify and record individual learning goals, any learning support needs of students and work with students to develop an appropriate individual learning plan
1.3 Use a range of appropriate teaching and assessment strategies which incorporate processes to ensure that effective learning has taken place.
1.4 Deliver courses and workshops in a positive co-productive professional relationship with peer facilitators
1.5 Where relevant, adhere to awarding body assessment policy and procedures.
1.6 Support learners and liaise with colleagues to ensure positive learning outcomes for students.
1.7 Make effective use of resources and learning technology to link students’ accredited learning outcomes as appropriate to the subject matter/skill being taught.
1.8 Create a purposeful, positive supportive learning environment that takes account of inclusion and accessibility, individual needs and health and safety issues.
1.9 To teach according to curriculum requirements, as required by the relevant scheme of work.
1.10 Offer advice on further learning and progression opportunities to students as required.

2. Outreach
2.1 To attend external meetings and events to represent and publicise REACH
2.2 To participate in a range of locality meetings e.g. MDTs.

3. Staffing
3.1 Work collaboratively as part of a team to share good practice.
3.2 Work flexibly providing cover for absent colleagues when required.
3.3 Participate in continual professional development, collaboration and coaching to enhance subject knowledge and jointly develop outstanding teaching and learning practice.
3.4 Every member of staff is expected to show respect to their colleagues, learners and volunteers and to work collegially with all Trust Links’ teams with which they have contact in achieving Trust Links’ mission.

4. Safeguarding
4.1 Commit to keeping learners safe through participating in mandatory training and adhering to Trust Links Safeguarding Policy and procedures.
4.2 Notify the Recovery College Manager and record on Charitylog any issues relating to risk and harm to self, others or being in groups
4.3 Conduct Safety Planning meetings with students where the need to do so has been identified and agreed by the Recovery College Manager

5. Students
5.1 Provide students with subject-specific support in line with their Individual Learning Plans.
5.2 Through the initial assessment and termly review process gather and record baseline and follow up data from students as required by REACH KPIs
5.3 Monitor and review students’ progress and make appropriate interventions, including signposting and referrals internally and externally as and when required.

6. Quality Assurance
6.1 Demonstrate progress and impact for all students based on relative starting points.
6.2 Demonstrate effectiveness by achieving excellent levels of student retention.
6.3 Participate in performance management and appraisal system.

7. Management Information and Administration
7.1 Keep accurate and up to date records of student attendance in lessons, tutorials and any other interventions.
7.2 Follow up absences with learners.
7.3 Use the College’s systems, policies and procedures to communicate any student issues as necessary.
7.4 Use Charitylog to record information on students as required.
7.5 Any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post, for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training

8. Other Duties
8.1 Contribute to Trust Link’s vision, mission and each projects’ KPIs.
8.2 Support the values and ethos of Trust Links in all aspects of your work.
8.3 Follow Trust Links’ policies in the management of health and safety in all aspects of your work, including a pro-active approach to risk assessment for all your duties.
8.4 Follow Trust Links policies in all aspects of the work and in the management of learning and resources. The post-holder will show an awareness of, and compliance with, all organisational policies and procedures, but particularly those relating to health & safety and equalities.
8.5 Any other duty as required by the line manager commensurate with the post

PERSON SPECIFICATION:
Essential
• Experience working with adults with mental health needs in the education, statutory or voluntary sector
• Possess or be willing to gain a recognised teaching qualification e.g. Education and Training Award, ideally at a minimum of level 3
• Experience of leading the delivery or assisting the delivery of accredited learning outcomes to groups
• Experience of providing 1:1s and group delivery to adults within an educational setting
• Previous experience of setting smart targets and tracking student progress
• Person-centred, with a flexible approach in meeting learning objectives
• Knowledge of basic skills and national qualification framework
• Experience in identifying additional learning support needs
• The ability to work with students from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds and a commitment to promote equal opportunity and inclusion
• Good documentation and report writing skills and effective verbal communication
• Excellent work ethic, team player and good interpersonal skills
• Ability to prioritise, work under pressure and organise time to meet project targets
• Experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working
• Ability to bring about change
• Willing to undergo DBS check
• Excellent communication and people skills
• Ability to build networks and make connections
• Commitment to self-development and continuous professional development

Desirables
• Qualification relating to mental health/social care
• Full Clean Driving License
• Experience of working with adults in a positive and supportive environment

Personal qualities
• Commitment
• Tact
• Responsiveness
• Realism
• Honesty
• Enthusiasm
• Team Work
• Positive ‘can do’ attitude
• Reflective
• Positive about personal development
• Takes personal responsibility

Click here to download an Application Form. For more information or to contact TrustLinks, visit there website here.