The aim of the EIS Mental Health Team is to promote and support positive mental health for all people operating across the UK High Performance System. This new role will ensure a dedicated focus on developing and maintaining a culture where everyone has the best opportunity to experience good mental health and wellbeing and that there is appropriate support for those experiencing mental health problems.
The Mental Health Lead role is intended to encourage consistency and quality of mental health support within World Class Programmes (WCPs). It will act as a link between ‘on the ground’ support within WCPs and the EIS Mental Health Expert Panel’s system-wide perspective.
MAIN TASKS AND ACTIVITIES
With an identified group of WCPs (i.e. Olympic and Paralympic sports):
- Participate in each WCP’s mental health working group.
- Facilitate the mental health referral process via the Athlete Medical Scheme, both when making referrals to external practitioners and supporting ‘reintegration back into’ WCPs.
- Linking with and reporting to EIS Mental Health Expert Panel for supervision and updates on activity across the High Performance System.
- Support of WCP practitioners (e.g. Chief Medical Officers / Sport & Exercise Medical Doctors, Performance Psychologists, Performance Lifestyle Practitioners, etc.) on management of mental health concerns ‘in-house’ within WCPs.
- Support, manage and co-deliver Mental Health Awareness workshops and Mental Health Champion programmes within WCPs (where applicable).
- N.B. it is not the intention for this role to deliver direct mental health interventions or care to athletes and support staff within WCPs.
KEY INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL CONTACTS
- EIS Acting Head of Mental Health;
- EIS Mental Health Expert Panel;
- EIS Mental Health Officer;
- EIS Athlete Health Team;
- World Class Programme staff (e.g. Programme Directors, Heads of Performance Support, Chief Medical Officers, Psychologists and Performance Lifestyle Practitioners);
- Third Party Service Providers (e.g. Bupa-registered mental health practitioners).
The EIS is a dynamic, growing and fast-moving organisation that will offer you a flexible, positive, stimulating and challenging work environment with real opportunities to make the best better. Working for the English Institute of Sport brings its rewards not only in its salary and benefits package, but also in the opportunities for learning and career development.
Our generous benefits package includes:
- 29 days paid holiday per year (pro rata for part time roles) plus 8 bank holidays.
- Membership of EIS’s Occupational Sick Pay Scheme from your first day of employment.
- Support for Continued Professional Development.
- Automatic entry into BUPA health cash back plan for day to day expenses like dentist, eye tests, physio, etc.
- Generous pension scheme.
- Discounts on Shopping, Entertainment, Travel and Lifestyle services through our Benefits portal.
- Cycle to work scheme.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 24 May 2021.
We are committed to creating an even more diverse and inclusive workforce that will bring different perspectives to our work. So that we can more closely reflect UK society, we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups including Black, Asian and people with other ethnically diverse backgrounds, those with a disability or long-term health condition and people returning to work after a career break.
We also understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so all of our roles are open to flexible working and, in many cases, remote-working too. We ask only that you work with us to find an arrangement that meets our sports and business needs and enables you to perform the role in full, in a way that works for both of us.