Mental Health Expert Panel Member

Job Title: Mental Health Expert Panel Member
Contract Type: Flexible
Location: England
Salary: £115,441 - £131,365 p.a pro rata
Job Published: September 07, 2018 12:58

Job Description

UK High Performance System’s Mental Health Expert Panel (MHEP)

Location: Flexible

Remuneration - These roles will be remunerated on the Level 4 (Sports Medicine) pay scale of £115,441 - £131,365 p.a pro rata, dependent upon skills and experience.

Closing date: 17th September 2018 at 9am.

Interview date: To be confirmed


UK Sport (UKS) and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) have recently launched a High Performance System Mental Health Strategy to support World Class Programmes (WCPs). This strategy, developed by the High Performance System Mental Health Steering Group, has four pillars: education, provision, communication and assurance.  To support implementation of this strategy, we are seeking to engage a panel of experts to work on a part time basis in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games delivering services and advice to sports, the EIS Head of Mental Health (currently in recruitment stage) and the Mental Health Steering Group. These experts will form the High Performance system’s Mental Health Expert Panel and will consist of a group of Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists knowledgeable in the field of high performance sport and across a range of psychiatric and psychological problems.

Work description

1. Work in close partnership with WCP CMOs & other relevant performance personnel to provide frontline support and expert guidance on:

  • Supporting complex and urgent mental health cases of Athletes.
  • Assisting the re-integration of athletes coming back from episodes of mental health care and smoothing this transition for the athlete, whilst supportively upskilling the WCP workforce on a case by case basis.
  • Working collaboratively with the Head of Mental Health, support the development and delivery of system-wide practical, frontline resources, best practice processes and polices that support WCPs in dealing with mental health and wellbeing issues both proactively and reactively.

2. Providing professional expertise and technical guidance on the ongoing development and delivery of the UK High Performance System Mental Health Strategy in co-operation with the Mental Health Steering Group.

  • To recruit, induct, and lead the development of an expert referral network that understand the nuances of elite sport environments, that can be drawn upon by WCP CMOs and performance personnel to support mental health across the system .
  • Advising the Mental Health Steering Group on UK providers of mental health care.
  • Advising the Mental Health Steering Group of optimal mental health provision required for the Paris cycle and beyond.
  • Thematically analyse cases and trends and provide regular, actionable insights to the Mental Health Steering Group and WCPs.

3. Acting in a professional capacity to the High Performance System, ensuring that there is consistency and clarity of approach in dealing with mental health challenges and opportunities.

  • Being a key point of contact for the EIS Director of Medical Services, the EIS Director of Athlete Health, the EIS Head of Mental Health and the Chair of the Mental Health Steering Group.
  • Where required, provide Games Times support and guidance to Team GB and Paralympics GB.
  • Working with WCP CMOs, Heads of Performance Support and specialist EIS functions such as performance lifestyle / performance psychology / UK Sport People Development Teams to ensure that provision and support is aligned with the single focus of promoting athlete mental health.
  • Providing expert advice and guidance on mental health issues in the context of selection and deselection for WCP membership and/or representative Teams.

Time commitment

Until April 2021, this role will need to be delivered either as approximately one half day a week or around 20-25 full days per annum. In order to suit business needs, these days will not be fixed in advance and there will be a need to be flexibility around the days and hours of work on a month by month basis.  Detailed arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidates. The EIS will work with panel members to seek to provide as much as advanced notice as possible to support scheduling of working hours in delivering services to NGBs. Advance notice of at least 6 weeks will be provided for steering group meetings or other emerging ‘system’ meetings.


Please go to the EIS website at to apply online for this role.