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Recovery College Co-ordinator

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Part Time
Part Time - 30.5 Hours Per Week

A rare opportunity has become available for an enthusiastic, well-organised and proactive person to join the Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College team in the role of Recovery College Coordinator.

The role is to cover maternity leave for 12 months (commencing end of July/beginning of August)at a Band 5 level, Monday to Friday, across usual office hours. The College has a focus on the wellbeing of its team members and offers flexible working arrangements, with candidates being able to discuss working days/hours of work that tie in with personal commitments (providing contacted hours are covered).

The Recovery College offers a unique opportunity for anyone looking to further their career experiences, but especially for those with lived experiences of health and wellbeing challenges and those who are working at a Band 3 or Band 4 level currently. A Recovery College Coordinator position is one of the few opportunities to obtain a Band 5 role, and the experience of working at this level, without the need for a professional qualification (e.g. nurse, OT, physio, etc.). Very clearly demonstrated equivalent experience to the qualifications listed will also enable you to qualify to apply for this role.

This post is open to secondment opportunities, internal and external applicants.

For more information about this post, please contact Lindsey Taylor-Crossley, Recovery College Principal, 07786 290854,

Main duties of the job

Recovery College Coordinators are the heart and soul of the Colleges course and schedule planning. They lead on organising course delivery, partnership development, supporting our co-facilitators and volunteers, and working with our local communities to develop a local offer, often to tight deadlines. For this reason, it is essential that applicants are proactive and incredibly organised in their approach to work.

As part of the role of Coordinator, the successful candidate will be required to travel across the district to support the development and facilitation of courses, to network and promote the College, and to develop partnerships. They will be required to co-facilitate sessions for members of the public, to conduct one to one appointments with new Recovery College students, to chair meetings, to work closely with people from a variety of backgrounds and to deputise for the Recovery College Principal at certain events/meetings. This is a very varied role and requires confidence to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as a high level of skill to manage ones time effectively.

The successful candidate will share the role of Coordinator with the Colleges second part-time Coordinator so will need to clearly demonstrate that they work well as part of a team, as well as being able to work well independently.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible to the Wakefield Recovery & Wellbeing Principal for the delivery of specific projects designed to ensure the effective development and implementation of the Recovery College offer in Wakefield.

The post holder will have no budgetary, signatory or line management responsibilities.

The post holder will supervise staff and volunteers involved in the Recovery College on a day to day basis to ensure effective delivery.

The post holder will be responsible for the day to day running of the College including developing the prospectus, marketing the courses, enrolling students, co-ordination of the tutors and peer training and management of volunteers.

Person Specification

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to work with people in a supportive and empowering way.



  • Educated to Degree level in an appropriate subject or with a demonstrably equivalent level of experience.


  • Project Management Skills eg Prince 11.



  • Experience of working in a mental health setting.
  • Experience of implementing the principles and practice of a recovery approach to mental health.
  • Co-ordinating projects or elements of projects of programmes and understanding project work.
  • Computer literate with working experience of Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel and social media including Facebook Twitter and Instagram.
  • Presenting to groups of people.


  • Lived mental health experience.
  • Knowledge of national policy/guidance affecting NHS (mental health).
  • Knowledge of marketing.
  • Experience of working with teenagers and young people, working age adults and older people.

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Excellent communication skills verbal and written.
  • Organisational planning skills.
  • Ability to problem solve, suggest and recommend solutions/approaches to resolve them.
  • Ability to identify information/data requirements and analyse, interpret and report on incomplete/ambiguous information.
  • Knowledge of equal opportunities.
  • Ability to work as a team member as well as on own initiative.
  • Ability to plan, set objectives, prioritise, monitor and negotiate project delivery.
  • Negotiating / influencing skills.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Health and Wellbeing College

Dury Lane



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