Project Manager (ACE's Resilience Project) - Cardiff

Are you a project manager with experience in a clinical setting and with a current HCPC license or equivalent?

We are looking for someone like you, with an excellent understanding of issues relating to young people’s mental health including an understanding of self-help approaches and self-efficacy in mental health for this exciting project.

You must also be able to work well independently and as part of a team, be highly organised and an effective communicator.

The post holder will design and co-manage this project to increase the understanding of resilience and awareness of ACE's in staff surrounding children and young people (age 0-18) across Cardiff and Vale through peer support, appropriate intervening and signposting.

You will build capacity with the children and young people workforce and the school community to be able to support or signpost emotional wellbeing (specifically with ACE’s and attachment challenges). You will assist in integrating emotional and mental health in CYP existing services and become experts in local signposting.

You will be involved in training, workshops, evaluation, maintaining partnerships and management of 10 workers across the region.

An enhanced DBS disclosure and satisfactory references will also be required.

If you would like to know more about the post, please contact Jenny Burns on

How to apply

To apply, please send a completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to by 12 noon on Thursday 28 January 2019.

Interviews will be held on 4 February 2019 in Cardiff.

Job description

Main purpose of the job

  • Co-produce, design, develop and co-manage a 18 month to two-year project to increase resilience and awareness in the staff surrounding children and young people (CYP: 0-18) across Cardiff and Vale through peer support, appropriate intervening and signposting.
  • Build capacity with the CYP workforce and the school community to be able support emotional wellbeing (specifically with ACE's and attachment challenges).
  • Assist in integrating emotional and mental health in CYP existing services.
  • Become an expert in local signposting.
  • Co-produce early ACE's intervention and training for the region. 
  • Assist the Research and Evaluation Officer in evaluation for this project.
  • Line manage up to ten ACE's resilience workers and other project staff.  
  • Maintain effective links between the project and the Foundation, to ensure effective corporate working. 

Principal tasks and responsibilities



  • Work with the Mental Health Foundation's Programme Lead in the design, delivery and management of the ACE’s Resilience Project in Cardiff and the Vale.
  • Liaise closely with all partners (education, health and social care) and the ACE’s Resilience Project Clinical Lead using co-production principles in order to maintain the working agreement. 
  • Ensure that the ACE’s resilience project does not duplicate existing CYP services.
  • Co-produce awareness and resilience workshops for all staff surrounding CYP.
  • Help supervise, line manage and establish the clinical supervision for ten ACE’s resilience workers and other project staff who will be working in the school clusters across the region with the Clinical Psychologist.
  • Set up and lead project management/partner meetings including key stakeholders. 
  • Actively recruit and train suitable volunteers from the community and elsewhere who can assume responsibility for sustaining of peer groups once the Foundation withdraws.  
  • Work alongside the Research and Evaluation Officer (Wales) to help collect data and contribute to the impact report.
  • Become an expert in local signposting for 0-18 year olds with the possible creation of an online website to capture the resources, signposting and learning.
  • Set up peer-support groups and to train peers to ensure sustainability of the project.
  • Observe confidentiality in all matters relating to group participants consistent with organisational policies and legislation. 
  • Keep up to date with new evidence and information about effective self-help and coping strategies for CYP, and to share this as appropriate. 
  • Participate and share information about the project with the Advisory Group, MHF, policy makers and other stakeholders.


  • Promote and support the achievement of the MHF's corporate goals and values. 
  • Act as a positive ambassador for MHF in all opportunities. 
  • Maintain a high standard of probity in professional, personnel and financial matters, maintaining good relations with colleagues and external partners and to act in accordance with the Foundation's code of conduct, safeguarding policies, and other relevant organisational policies. 
  • Uphold and promote the Foundation's commitment to equality and diversity and the value of lived experience. 
  • If you're working at a desk (i.e. having access to a phone line, monitoring an inbox or social media account), you may be in contact with distressed people via the phone or social media and you will be offered training for that.  
  • Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.

This job description is not contractual and is liable to change over time.



Person specification


Skills and Abilities 

  • Excellent project management skills including budget management.
  • Demonstratable people management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including use of IT. 
  • Ability to work flexibly, independently and unsupervised. 


  • Experience of partnership working.
  • Experience of working with CYP and their families with mental health issues.
  • Experience of project design, development and management including managing and supervising staff. 


  • Broad and in depth understanding of and interest in issues relating to CYP mental health issues, ACE's, attachment, development trauma/interruptions, resilience and family impact.
  • Understanding of diversity and equal opportunities.
  • Understanding of self-help approaches and empowerment in mental health.
  • Understanding of safeguarding issues.
  • Understanding of co-production and peer support.
  • Understanding and previous experience of project management, including budgeting and project sustainability.
  • Understanding and previous experience of project evaluations.

Personal Qualities 

  • Excellent personal organization and reliability 
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to personal reflection and learning in relation to work 
  • Empathy with the aims of the Foundation 
  • Natural team player and able to build a positive team 
  • Willing to take direction 
  • Values diversity and shows commitment to equality of opportunity. 
  • Values health and safety and shows a commitment to ensuring a safe working environment.


  • Relevant health or social work qualification plus further training in relevant CYP related mental health qualifications or further study.
  • Current registration with HCPC.


Skills and Abilities 

  • Ability to develop, inform and sustain professional relationships, partnerships and networks 
  • Ability to work in collaboration with CYP, family, carers and other staff/services involved in their support 
  • Public speaking skills and the ability to lead & participate in workshops, seminars and other learning or promotion events 
  • Experience in developing training from scratch
  • Experience in building workforce capacity using peer support 
  • Welsh speaker 


  • Experience of working with CYP in different settings and in different leadership roles. 
  • Experience of working with CYP and their mental health difficulties in primary care.


  • Understanding of ACE’s impact including trauma informed work from ages 0-18.
  • Understanding the importance of early relationships and brain development.
  • Understanding of policy related to this topic.

Requirements for all roles at the Foundation 

  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet the reasonable needs of the foundation
  • Commitment to working in accordance with the foundation's values
  • Prepared on occasions to work unsocial hours 
  • Self-sufficient in use of information and communications technology  
  • Ability to self-manage a full and varied workload 

Competencies for working at the Mental Health Foundation 

We expect all employees to be able to use these competences to a high level in their roles.  During the recruitment process, at interview stage, we look for evidence of all these competencies 

  • Expertise, knowledge and analysis.
  • Communication, influencing and promotion
  • Relationships and partnership working. 
  • Service focused. 
  • Business aware. 
  • Strategic thinking and decision making. 
  • Leadership. 
  • Adaptability and personal responsibility. 
  • Innovative and creative. 
  • Committed to personal development.

Equal opportunities information

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sections of the community, whatever your background.

We value each and every person in our team and are very good at working with people. Our workforce is made up of talented individuals from all sections of the community and we are committed to providing a working environment that encourages, and is supportive of, workers with mental health problems. We therefore welcome applications from anyone with personal experience of mental distress or learning disabilities, and positively encourage people with experience of using mental health services to apply.

We believe the way in which we effectively work together will enable our charity to fulfil its mission.

This commitment to equality and diversity means that we benefit from the widest range of experience and talent, and are fully representative of the world in which we live. We aim to create a working environment in which everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory manner.

Recruitment agencies may be employed as appropriate. We ensure that all such agencies operate an equal opportunities policy comparable to that used by us.

Benefits of working for us

The Mental Health Foundation is a great place to work and offers generous benefits.

All our members of staff are entitled to the following benefits. Please note that some of the benefits are available after a qualifying probation period.


We consider it important to encourage people to save for their retirement and therefore we provide staff (after successful completion of a probation period) with a 10% pension contribution paid into an Age on Personal Pension. Contributions can be invested in a variety of funds according to your investment preference, or alternatively a default fund is available. Staff will also receive death in service life cover at four times salary.

Annual leave

Staff receive 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.

Maternity/parental leave

Enhanced maternity/parenthood leave entitlements are in place, including extended maternity leave and benefits. Available after a qualifying period.

Flexible working/work life balance

The right to request flexible working is available to all employees. There are a number of different flexible working arrangements available throughout the organisation, which can be arranged by mutual consent.

Child Care Vouchers

This is a flexible way to meet the costs of your childcare. Part of your salary can be given up or ‘sacrificed’ in exchange for Childcare Vouchers. Within specified limits, these vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions and therefore present a saving for employees who receive them as part of their total employment package. The Childcare Vouchers received are then exchanged, in whole or part, for the approved and registered childcare services you use.


We are required to make statutory sickness payments (SSP) where staff qualify. We also have our own sick pay scheme, including full pay for a period subject to certain conditions.

Employee Assistance Service

At times staff members may face and need help with a variety of issues throughout their lives. As part of our commitment to staff members we provide a 24/7 independent and confidential counselling and information telephone service, free of charge. Support is available on a range of issues including legal, financial, emotional, health issues and work-related concerns.

Season ticket loan

Interest free loans are available to purchase season tickets for the journey between home and work.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced in the Finance Act 1999 to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental pollution. It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit.

Through the scheme, employees will be able to purchase a bike of a value of up to £1,111, repaid over 18 months through deductions from your gross monthly salary. The loan will be interest free and the benefit will be offered after successful completion of the probationary period.