Mental Health & Wellbeing Practitioner

Location: Aberdeen Services - Ellon Road

Contract Type: Full Time – Permanent

Closing Date: 03 June 2022

Salary: £22,426 – £23,635 per annum (£11.50 - £12.53 per hour)

Specific Hours: 37.5

Mental Health & Wellbeing Practitioner

 Thank you for wanting to join our team. At Penumbra Mental Health, we pride ourselves on being a great place to work where you can grow and thrive in a supportive team.

And we’re looking for kind people like you who want to make a difference in people’s lives. We can offer you a living wage, a tonne of employee benefits, and we can promise you’ll be inspired by some pretty amazing humans every single day. So, good luck with your application!


Service:                    Ellon Road Service

Responsible to:        Support Manager

Salary:                      £22,426 – £23,635 per annum (£11.50 - £12.53 per hour)      

Working hours:         37.5 hours per week

Location:                   Aberdeen

Closing:                     Friday 3rd June at 7pm

Interview:                 Interview date to be confirmed

Special condition:      Local travel, evenings, weekends, sleepovers



About us

We are Penumbra Mental Health, a pioneering charity providing dedicated services for people with mild to serious and enduring mental ill health.

We support people on their journey to better mental health, by working with each person to find their own way forward.

The power of people’s lived experience enables us to provide pioneering services

which transform lives. Find out more here:



Our vision is that people live with positive mental wellbeing and can easily access the best possible support when they need it.


Our mission is to provide exceptional mental health and wellbeing support and activities, guided by people’s own lived experience, their recovery journeys and their hopes and aspirations.


We live and breathe our values


  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Curiosity
  • Collaboration


Job summary:

If you’re looking for a rewarding career and to work within an inspirational team that really does make a difference, this is your opportunity to join our Ellon Road Service in Aberdeen.

The Ellon Road Service is a 6 bed residential resource for people who are recovering after a period of mental ill health. Our close-knit team use a recovery focused approach to support people on the next step of their recovery journey. As a Mental Health & Wellbeing Practitioner you will have the opportunity to take a creative and collaborative approach to empowering people who use the service. You will have a key role in shaping the service to ensure we can assist in assessment and planning so that supported people are given the best chance of successful transition through their recovery.

The organisation is committed to the learning and development of its workforce and you will be supported to progress as a practitioner. You will also have some supervisory responsibility within the team which will give you the opportunity to contribute to the progression of colleagues.

We want you to grow and thrive! We will support you on your own career path; developing new skills, accessing formal and informal learning experiences and providing opportunities to put your continual progress into practice.



We can offer you:

  • A living wage
  • Up to 38 days per annum including public holidays
  • 5% employer pension contribution (salary sacrifice).  Also offer auto-enrolment pension scheme.
  • Flexible working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Programme, offering free counselling for you and your family
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Death in Service benefits
  • Full training and professional development

And so much more!

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Establish an effective relationship with people who use the service in accordance with Penumbra’s policies and procedures.
  • Develop outcome-based personal recovery plans for each supported person that promote self –management and social inclusion.
  • Co-ordinate delivery of recovery focused support.
  • Provide practical support and supervision to Recovery Workers and/or Peer Workers as required.
  • Develop effective relationships with other groups and agencies in your area and take opportunities to promote mental health awareness in the wider community.
  • Be responsible for maintaining the relevant systems of documentation.
  • Provide accurate information and reports as required.
  • Provide formal input to Care Management reviews as required
  • Be flexible and responsive to meet the changing needs of supported people and the organisation, within the agreed criteria.
  • Work effectively with other members of the team, and liaise effectively with families, agencies, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Participate in training activities and meetings as required.
  • Uphold Penumbra’s Code of Practice.
  • Register with the SSSC as appropriate (Supervisor) and maintain post-registration training and learning log to meet ongoing registration requirements.
  • Other duties, deemed appropriate to this grade, as and when required.



Person specification





·       Working towards SVQ 3 or equivalent as defined by the SSSC, or commitment to achieve within specified time period.


·       SVQ3 or equivalent as defined by the SSSC

Knowledge and Experience




·       Experience of being in a supportive and enabling role

·       Demonstrate understanding of mental health and recovery 

·       Experience of working in the mental health and recovery field

·       Experience of taking a lead role in the planning and delivery of support.

·       Experience of a person-centred approach to recovery

·       Core IT skills and ability to input data, basic word processing, manage emails.

Working with Others




·       Builds good working relationships with team members and colleagues throughout the organisation. 

·       Is aware of and understands unspoken thoughts, concerns or feelings and is skilled at helping individuals to voice these safely.


·       Builds co-operative relationships, develops networks and promotes partnership working with other professionals.

Learn and Apply




·       Makes best use of own strengths and finds ways to overcome personal challenges.

·       Demonstrates commitment to keeping knowledge, understanding and skills up to date





·       Produces structured, accurate and concise written reports.

·       Can explain complex information in a way which makes it understandable.


Managing Self




·       Sustains effort to overcome obstacles and feelings of frustration, and is able to maintain a positive view.

·       Engages in open and reflective debate and provide constructive comments about proposed changes.

·       Take responsibility for managing own work life balance.






·       Maintains sound ethical and professional standards at all times, reporting wrongdoing and encouraging others to do the same.

·       Is proactive in identifying areas for improvement and implements creative developments.

·       Manages time effectively to ensure tasks are completed and deadlines are met.

·       Plans ahead for meetings and busy periods.

·       Ensures the delivery of efficient, effective, high quality services.

·       Acts as a role model by setting clear standards for service delivery.

Supporting People





·       Supports individuals in line with organisational values, policies and procedures.

·       Understands recovery and works with a recovery focused approach.

·       Consistently works with a person-centred approach. 

·       Supports supported peoples’ rights to control their lives and make informed choices about the services they receive.

·       Promotes the independence of supported people while protecting them as far as possible from danger or harm.

·       Protects the rights and promote the interests of supported people.



Get in touch

If you’d like an informal chat about this role and working for Penumbra Mental Health, please contact: Andy Virasami (Support Manager) at


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