Current Vacancies

Oasis-Talk is a  social enterprise with a strong commitment to provide emotional health services, including talking therapies and psycho-educational support to those who most need it, including hard to reach groups. We currently deliver 50% of the NHS Primary mental health services in Bristol and South GloucestershireAmongst other interventions, we provide Counselling and CBT to patients presenting with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, phobias, work related stress and post-traumatic stress. Our therapists are from a variety of backgrounds including Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Counsellors, CBT Practitioners, and graduates with mental health experience.

Freelance psycho-educational course facilitators

Oasis-Talk provides a variety of psycho-educational courses for NHS patients and non-NHS groups at venues throughout Bristol and South Glos. We are looking for a small number of caring and experienced course facilitators to join our freelance pool.

Course sessions are usually 1.5 hours long (2 hours including preparation time) and may be delivered during the day or in the early evening. The role includes basic administrative tasks associated with course delivery, and you may need to call clients at home from time to time.

We are particularly keen to recruit facilitators for Anger Management and/or Self Esteem courses, or who have experience of working with people with long-term health conditions.

You will need a good knowledge of CBT interventions and previous experience of facilitating groups, ideally within a mental health context. You should be able to communicate engagingly and effectively with service users of all backgrounds and abilities, and be confident in managing risk. Course materials and lesson plans will be provided.

You will need to be flexible with regards to location, and prepared to deliver courses in the early evening if required (usually 5.45 till 7.45pm). These roles are on a self-employed basis, so you will be responsible for your own tax and should have Professional Indemnity Insurance. You will also need a DBS check (this can be arranged if required).

Session rates are £46.38 per course session. Please note that joining the pool is not a guarantee of regular employment.

For further information and how to apply, please contact Christine Bowles (Courses Manager) before 15th March 2018: chris.bowles@oasis-talk.org

 

VOLUNTEERS: For details of our volunteer opportunities please contact info@oasis-talk.org 

We are also seeking non-Executive board members:

Becoming a member of the Board for Oasis Talking Therapies CIC, known as Oasis-Talk

Background of Oasis-Talk

Oasis-Talk was formed as a CIC in 2012 as a response to the environment created by the Health and Social Care Act March 2012 for the delivery of NHS talking therapies in Primary Care. We were previously the Primary mental health service in South Gloucestershire PCT where many of our staff had been delivering since 2005. These staff had integrated with IAPT [a national programme for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies] in 2009 to create a well-functioning responsive service in South Gloucestershire.

We set up Oasis-Talk as a CIC because that form of governance gave us the most flexibility in being able to respond to a rapidly changing environment, to meet client need in a safe and ethical way, whilst preserving the NHS values of a service freely available to all and free at the point of delivery.

Our Board is a strategic and advisory Board supporting and challenging Executive directors to be accountable for their use of public money and to ensure services are provided in a manner that is congruent with Oasis-Talk values. The Board ensures the sustainability and longevity of Oasis-Talk.

95% of our work is currently delivering more than 50 % of NHS psychological therapies in Bristol CCG and South Gloucestershire CCG [24,000 sessions per annum]. We are developing non-NHS delivery to complement NHS delivery using volunteer and community programmes to meet the specific mental health needs that don’t fit easily with the universal NHS provision.

Current Board

Non- Executive Chair: Andrew Price

CEO: Vicki Palmer

Deputy CEO: Ruth Richardson

Non-Executives: Tim Bond, Moyna Wilkinson, Phil Moreton, Nick Hooper

Financial advisor: David Wookey [Accountant for Oasis-Talk] attends once a year

Current Vacancies on the Board

We are looking for 2 additional Non-Executive Board Members who are willing to contribute to the direction and longevity of Oasis-Talk, by bringing knowledge and expertise to the running of the organisation. We are looking for members with any of the following:

  • Access to legal governance knowledge and expertise.
  • Vision and commitment to creating mental wellbeing services that empower and support communities to meet a wide range of mental health needs in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
  • Organisational management.
  • Risk management.
  • Business skills.
  • HR Skills/ employment law expertise
  • Equality and diversity experience and knowledge.
  • Knowledge of social enterprises.
  • Knowledge of funding sources and support to access them.

Responsibilities

  • To attend quarterly Board meetings
  • To support Executive Directors to make organisationally intelligent decisions and to hold them accountable for the services provided.
  • To agree levels of remuneration of Executive Directors.
  • To hear any grievance against an Executive Director.
  • To ensure the longevity of Oasis-Talk.
  • To contribute to the overall direction and purpose of the organisation by attending a sub group between meetings if you wish to do so.

Payment

  • Honorarium of £400 per year for attending meetings
  • Any consultancy work carried out on behalf of Oasis-Talk, usually at £25-£30 per hour.
  • Director insurance is provided.

For further information and applications please contact debbie.leach@oasis-talk.org or Tel: 0117 9709423