Peer Support Workers

Recruiter
St Andrew's Healthcare
Location
Northampton
Posted
19 Apr 2019
Closes
06 May 2019
Sector
Healthcare
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Peer Support Workers – 12 Month Contracts

Location: Northampton
Salary: £17,500 - £19,000 Per Annum, Pro Rata

15 hours per week (2 days) - working days will be flexible depending on the needs of the patients

Have you experienced mental health problems or Brain Injury and accessed secure mental health services?
Could you use your own recovery to inspire hope and support others?

About us

- We’re a charity that provides specialist mental healthcare for some of society’s most vulnerable people.
- We proudly continue to build world-class mental healthcare services.

About the roles:

- These exciting new roles have been developed specifically for individuals who have lived experience of recovery from mental distress or Brain Injury.
- You’ll use the knowledge gained through your own lived experience to inspire hope and belief that recovery is possible in others.
- You’ll be working on a ward alongside the clinical team to help patients achieve their recovery goals.
- Working with people with complex psychological needs, you will need to be emotionally and mentally resilient.
- You’ll be expected to draw upon your experiences of recovery and will be given training on the most effective way to so this.
- The posts will also involve contributing to the development of the Peer Support Worker role, particularly within secure mental health services.
- You will receive induction, training and on-going supervision, including a network of other peer support workers employed within the Charity.

What you’ll do:

- Building supportive and respectful relationships with patients on the ward
- Supporting others using the personal experience and confidence you have gained having overcome similar challenges
- Assisting nursing staff to help people identify their own recovery goals
- Providing information and support to family and friends of new patients to the ward
- Inputting into ward rounds and writing up patient notes
- Developing the peer support worker programme and role within the Charity
- Modelling personal responsibility, self-awareness, self-belief, self-advocacy and hopefulness

What you’ll need:

- A background of personally recovering from mental health issues or Brain Injury
- Past and lived experience of using secure mental health services
- Resilience and to be able to know when to ask for help
- An understanding of factors which can affect recovery in mental health
- IT literacy including Microsoft Office and Internet or a willingness to learn
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- The ability to work well in a team
- Empathy, good listening skills, approach-ability and common sense

We require at least 12 months without using secure services and for applicants to be discharged from forensic community services. All posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks, however past convictions will not necessarily be a barrier to employment.

Interested?

Closing date: 6th May 2019

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