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Summary of the Wellbeing Advocate role:

As part of a University-wide network of Wellbeing Advocates, the post holder will provide guidance and a general signposting service about wellbeing issues, including mental or physical health and dignity at work concerns, to members of staff within their own Institution/Faculty/Department.  They will also promote local and University-wide wellbeing initiatives.  The Wellbeing Advocates will be required to successfully complete Mental Health Lite training and to attend network meetings.

Role Purpose:
 
The role of the Wellbeing Advocate includes:

  • providing guidance and a signposting service to employees in their own Institution about issues relating to wellbeing, including mental/physical health and dignity at work concerns
  • promoting local wellbeing initiatives
  • communicating University-wide wellbeing initiatives
  • contributing to and participating in networks to facilitate greater awareness of wellbeing across the University.

 

A management Wellbeing Advocate (a member of the local Management Team) would also:

  • help integrate wellbeing into institutional/faculty/departmental activities, for example by raising the profile of wellbeing in local committee meetings and ensuring wellbeing is discussed at probation and staff review & development (appraisal) meetings.
  • raise generic wellbeing issues with the Head of Institution anonymously.

 

Key Activities:

 Information and Guidance provision to individual members of staff

  • Listening effectively to their concerns
  • Giving full, clear and accurate information on the University’s support services, including Occupational Health, Counselling, Mediation, Dignity at Work, HR Schools/Business teams
  • Helping them to understand the courses of action open to them and how to take them forward.

 

Training, Support and Contact Network

  • Successfully completing the MIND Mental Health Lite training course before taking on the role of Wellbeing Advocate
  • Successfully completing the University’s Equality & Diversity on-line training module
  • Attending a Dignity at Work briefing
  • Participating in regular University-wide Well-being Advocate network meetings.

 

Development of Wellbeing initiatives

  • Promoting, and where appropriate co-ordinating and participating in, local well-being initiatives
  • Contributing to developing marketing materials
  • Raising awareness of University-wide wellbeing initiatives