OPPORTUNITY: Mental Health Practitioner

Opportunity: Mental Health Practitioner at SICK! Festival 

SICK! Productions is seeking to expand our pool of experienced and efficient Mental Health Practitioners to support its Creative Team to deliver our Creative projects across 2023-2024. Specifically supporting our Community Mental Health Arts Programme (SMASH! Women and Girls & SMASH! mixed) as part of our creative engagement with Moston, Harpurhey and Charlestown.  

Reports to: Creative Producer (Community)     

Contract: Freelance contract   

Salary: £165 per session  

Duration: September 2023 – ongoing  

Hours: Based on 3 hours per session  

SMASH! Women and Girls takes place 3x a month, on Wednesday’s 6.30 – 8.30pm at Manchester Youth Zone, 931 Rochdale  Road, Harpurhey, M9 8AE.  

SMASH! Mixed takes place 3 x a month, on Friday’s 10.30 – 12.30 midday at Number 93, 93 Church Lane, Harpurhey, M9 5BG.  


Manchester City Council and The Pilgrim Trust have invested in SICK! to develop, deliver and evaluate a Social Prescribing Mental Health Arts Programme over the course of 2023 – 2026.  

Individuals accessing Mental Health services in the community are referred to SICK! to access our programme of creative engagement made up of cultural visits, artists talks and creative workshops.  

Role and responsibilities;   

  • Provide safe and effective support for participants accessing the programme who require support around their mental health, discuss any issues raised and ensure the correct professional support is put in place in a timely manner.  
  • Provide advice, consultation and support for staff and artists delivering the programme  
  • Advise on safeguarding measures required during programme sessions  
  • Ensure that the elements of the programme are delivered in a safe and supportive environment and that appropriate action (where needed) is undertaken.  
  • Preview the content of programme elements and raise any points of concern regarding participant’s involvement  
  • Ensure that participants are informed about the format and content of programme elements at the start of each session, and ensure that they are aware of the safeguarding processes that are in place to support them.  
  • Undertake a short de-brief session with participants following each session to allow concerns to be shared with lead artists and SICK! Productions staff  
  • Ensure that concerns raised are addressed with SICK! Productions staff and inform further delivery of the programme  
  • Provide on-site one-to-one support in a professional capacity to allow participants to share issues and devise an appropriate action plan  
  • In instances requiring immediate intervention, the MHP will be responsible for contacting and communicating with emergency support for mental health and stay with the young person until appropriate support is in place  
  • The MHP will be responsible for following up on referrals to mental health services ensuring that action has been taken and that the client is fully aware of, and accessing the relevant services.  

Mental Health Practitioner – Person Specification   

Training, Qualifications & Experience   

  • Recognised counselling qualification meeting the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) criteria for membership. A minimum Level 4 (where it is an accredited qualification) and/or BACP Certificate of Proficiency; qualification including 450 taught hours and 100 supervised client hours.   
  • Completed a BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) accredited course or have met the BABCP criteria for accreditation via KSA (Knowledge, skills, and attitudes).   
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in providing effective psycho-social support to individuals experiencing difficulties with their emotional well-being and mental health. 
  • Experience working with artists and creative practitioners within a mental health context. 
  • A working understanding of risk management including safeguarding, confidentiality, information governance, escalation and de-escalation of referrals, disclosure continuity and data protection.  
  • Experience of working with individuals on a one-one basis and in a group setting. 
  • Experience working with vulnerable individuals from a diversity of backgrounds and ages with complex lives and/or mental health difficulties. 
  • Experience in working closely with a variety of professionals working across sectors and disciplines. 
  • An understanding of the personal, social, and cultural factors that can impact an individual’s experience of mental health difficulties.  
  • Knowledge of the broad issues surrounding emotional well-being / mental health and resilience for individuals across Greater Manchester.  
  • Experience and understanding of working with NHS Mental Health Services.  
  • Recognition of the need to be accountable for work through supervision, performance management and other relevant processes.  

To apply please send a cover letter and CV to Danielle Porter: Danielle@sickfestival.com  

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th of September 2023 for the first phase of recruitment. Applications will be accepted after that date.