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Guidance for applicants

  1. The application form is designed to ensure the recruitment panel has the appropriate information to assess each candidate fully and fairly.
  1. We will write to you within 7 days of the advertised closing date to inform you if you have been shortlisted for interview.
  1. Decisions are made on the basis of the person specification for the post (contained in the job description).  When completing the form you should attempt to give clear, concise information, which demonstrates your experience and skills in each area detailed in the person specification.
  1. Curricula Vitae will not be considered.
  1. Your cooperation in completing the Equal Opportunities form would be appreciated, as the feedback we receive will assist us in monitoring and implementing our Equal Opportunities Policy.  All information will be strictly confidential.  The form will be detached from your application to ensure anonymity and will not be seen by the selection panel.  Your application will not be affected if you choose not to complete part or all of this form.
  1. Shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend a test centre and interviews.
  1. We will take up references only when we make a conditional offer to the successful candidate. Please tell us if you wish us to check with you before we contact your referees.  Both references should be work-related and include your current or most recent employer (or equivalent).
  1. We will treat this form in the strictest confidence. Only our administrator and members of the recruitment panel will see it.
  1. Successful candidates will need to declare any spent or unspent convictions. A CRB check will be necessary following recruitment.
  1. If you have difficulties in completing this form please contact us.
  1. Candidates who consider that they have not been fairly treated should write to:

Chief executive- Revolving Doors Agency, Units 28 & 29, The Turnmill, 63 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NP within 14 days of the closing date or 7 days after interview.

Application for employment

Please type in black



Director of Service User   Involvement




First   Name: Janie Surname:   Greville

199   Easemore Road, Redditch, Worcs., B98 8HF


Telephone   Numbers: Daytime:   07828777647 Mobile:01527456612



Employer   name and address:


Worcestershire   County Council; Mental Health Trust, ‘Big Recovery’ Reformation
Job   title: Expert   by Experience Consultant
Dates   of employment: From   November 2010
Brief   details of responsibilities:


Chairing   Culture and Strategy Group, member of the ‘Overarching Steering Committee’   for the Big Recovery Project; sitting on the joint commissioners board as an   expert by experience rep, etc etc
Reason   for leaving and period of notice required: No   reason to leave yet, notice of leaving not applicable since all the work, as   entirely typical of Worcestershire County is based on expert by experience   perspective is rewarded by biscuits coffee and travel expenses. Oh – and a   smile and a thank you and taking notice of what I say. So the reward is being   listened to. I can’t eat that.



Dates Institution   name and address Course   details and qualification obtained


Victoria   School for Girls

Trent   Polytechnic

University   of Leeds

Middlesex   Polytechnic

NEW   College, Bromsgrove

New   College Redditch

New   College, Redditch & Orchard Place Day Services for the mentally   distressed.

University   of Birmingham/Mind

Worcestershire   Mental Health Trust/Mental Health Action Group


7   O levels, 2 A levels

BA   (Hons) Fine Art

MA   in the Social History of Art

PGCE   in Art & Design Education

Counselling   Skills, Level One, Active Listening Skills

C&G   award in Adult  Teaching and Learning   skills.

Computer   skills – CLAIT

‘Train   the Trainers’ : Expert by Experience training for training others in mental   health awareness whilst protecting the self.

Mental   Health First Aid course

Do   you have any relevant professional qualifications (including membership of   any professional bodies)?  If so,   please give details:

I   have ample relevant experience. I am a professional speaker and writer, I am   an experienced organiser, my training furnishes me with an ample   comprehension of marketing strategies. I am Director for the group   MissionMiraculus which ran an excellent anti stigma campaign in 2010. A video   of an interview with me, filmed by flexible films, is available on YouTube. I   have suffered the revolving door syndrome in many ways, though not in the   criminal arena, at least, I have never committed an illegal act. However, I   have experienced the behaviour of one who has and I have compassion for it.   In relation to revolving door homelessness and imprisonment within the   forensic sector I have ample experience at second hand, let alone 3rd   hand to compensate for my shortcomings of experience and I am easily able to   adapt my imagination to encompass this area.





CAREER HISTORY – Please provide details of your previous employment, both paid and voluntary starting with the most recent.


Dates Organisation   name & location Job   title and brief details of responsibilities. Please give reason for leaving.
2 years

overlapping teacher of art


Open   University

Teacher   of Art, West Midlands.

Expert   By Experience Critic and Contributor to Reform.

Director   of MissionMiraculus to bring this about (concept formed in 2000, realisation   of group feb 2009, move to public identity August 2009),

Reform   EbyE consultancy in Worcestershire from 2010

EbyE   education work at Birmingham University, 2008-2012


Lecturer.   I left because of a move elsewhere and because it didn’t suit my disposition   at the time.

I   taught in a variety of schools across this 16 year period. After my first   appointment I found that I preferred Supply Teaching. Because I was more able   than could be appreciated in a tenured role, I found that I was accused of   arrogance in my first post, despite the deputy head acknowledging my   capacities were well beyond those of the head of faculty. At this time that   was the problem – I was in my twenties and a youngster on probation. Yet I   had the vision and the instincts of a leader.

By   moving to supply teacher status I was afforded much greater autonomy. Staff   knew that I either went my way or just – went. Once I began they fully   appreciated what I contributed, as did the children, and I was never ever out   of work. I never had to call anyone, I was the first port of call for every   good school in the town of Redditch, and highly valued by staff and children in   a school in Bromsgrove, one of whom has kept in touch with me ever since I   left (and she left, for university) – that was 19 years ago. I regard this as   the greatest testimony to my teaching and my personhood that I could ever   wish for. Particularly in view of later developments in my life.



Please   use this section to tell us why you are applying for this post and how you   meet each of the criteria in the person specification using examples from   your paid and voluntary work. You should address each item of the person   specification in turn. The competencies will be tested at the interview stage   but you may like to refer to these in your answer too.
Please continue on up to one additional separate   sheet if necessary



Please   give the names and addresses of two referees, one of whom should be your   present or most recent employer or supervisor.
Name: Name:
Address: Address:


Telephone   No: Telephone   No:
Email   address: Email   address:
Position: Position:
Would   you prefer us to check with you first before contacting your referees? ¨  Yes       ¨  No



The   information in this section will not be used to shortlist candidates for   interview.  We may wish to discuss this   information with you in confidence at interview.
Do   you have a health problem or disability which is relevant to your   application?  If yes, please provide   details below:


¨  Yes       ¨  No
Is   there any specific support or arrangements you would need in order to do this   job?   ¨  Yes       ¨  No
Are   you registered disabled?   ¨  Yes       ¨  No
Do   you require a permit to work in the UK?   ¨  Yes       ¨  No
Have   you ever been convicted of a criminal offence?   ¨  Yes       ¨  No



I   confirm that to the best of my knowledge the information given on this form   is true and correct. (Please type name if sending electronically, or sign   paper copy).






Revolving Doors Agency recognises that people who experience mental health problems, homelessness, or who are in trouble with the law may face prejudice and unfair discrimination.  Like other people, they may also face discrimination on the basis of their race, gender, sexuality, disability or other factors. We believe that it is an important part of our responsibilities to do all we can to identify and eliminate prejudice and unfair discrimination against people who we seek to serve.


Revolving Doors Agency resolves that it will:


  • Seek to understand and make explicit the ways in which prejudice affects its client group.
  • Adopt and monitor working and recruitment practices that challenge and seek to eliminate such prejudice.
  • Seek to persuade others with whom we work to act likewise.


The feedback we receive from this form will assist us in monitoring and implementing our Equal Opportunities Policy.  All information will be strictly confidential.  This part of the form will be detached from your application to ensure anonymity and will not be seen by the selection panel.  Your application will not be affected if you choose not to complete part or all of this form.

1.  Post applied for:             

  1. 2.   How did you hear about this post?    

¨ The Guardian website       ¨  Guardian newspaper        ¨ Other (please specify)…………

3.  Gender:                                         ¨ Female        ¨ Male           ¨ Transgendered

4.  In which year were you born?                ……………….

6.  Do you have any dependent children?             ¨ Yes              ¨ No

7.  Do you have a disability?                                                ¨ Yes              ¨ No

8. To which of these groups do you consider you belong? (tick one box only)

The classifications below correspond to those recommended by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

    A.  White

    ¨   British ¨   Irish ¨   Any other White background

    B.  Mixed

    ¨  White & Black


¨   White & Black


¨   White & Asian ¨   Any other Mixed background

    C.  Asian or Asian British

    ¨  Indian ¨   Pakistani ¨   Bangladeshi ¨   Any other Asian background within C

    D. Black or Black British

    ¨  Caribbean ¨   African ¨   Any other Black background within D

    E.  Other ethnic groups

    ¨  Chinese

¨   Any other ethnic group ¨   Not known

Please email your completed application to:


Or post it to:

Human Resources

Revolving Doors Agency

Units 28 & 29, The Turnmill

63 Clerkenwell Road

London EC1M 5NP

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