Location: Northampton and Leicester12 months Fixed Term ContractSalary: From £19,570 per year, Pro Rata15 hours per week (2 days) - working days will be flexible depending on the needs of the patientsHave you experienced mental health problems and accessed secure mental health services? Could you use your own recovery to inspire hope and support others?About us
About the roles:
- 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.
- NHS England are funding a new 'Assertive Transitions Service' to expedite the safe discharge of forensic mental health hospital patients into the East Midlands. As part of this team, Peer Support Workers will work with patients on the wards, through the transition process and then support them in community living which will cover Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
What you'll do:
- The ATS will use Peer Support Workers in supporting the transition for identified, local patients, from secure care to the community.
- 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 in preparation for their transition.
- 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 promotion and development of the Peer Support Worker role, particularly within secure mental health services.
- You will receive induction, training and on-going supervision and an opportunity to spend time on a ward as well as regularly network with other Peer Support Workers.
What you'll need:
- Building supportive and respectful relationships with patients and a range of mental health professionals on the ward and then in the community
- Supporting others using the personal experience and confidence you have gained having overcome similar challenges
- Assisting clinical and non-clinical staff to help people identify their own recovery goals in preparation for transition
- Inputting into ward rounds and writing up patient notes
- Work within a multi-disciplinary team to fulfil patients identified goals for their individual pathway out of secure care
- To link with and support family and friends of patients and involve them all aspects of the transition process and a patient's pathway
- To accompany patients to appointments/meetings and activities and begin to familiarise them with aspects of life in the community
- To continue work with patients as they transition into the community, identifying potential support services, resources, activities and opportunities and putting safeguards in place
- To champion and promote the peer support worker programme and role within the Charity
- Modelling personal responsibility, self-awareness, self-belief, self-advocacy and hopefulness
- A background of personally recovering from mental health issues
- Past and lived experience of using secure mental health services
- Resilience and to be able to know when to ask for help or advocate for patients
- A good understanding of safeguarding and identification of risk
- 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
- To work flexibly including some evening and weekend work
- To be mobile, whether using public transport, or as a car driver and owner
- Local knowledge of support services for those in recovery from mental health issues and links with community mental health support
We require at least 12 months without using secure in-patient 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.
Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew's CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.Rewards
We offer an excellent benefits package including:
- Sickness policy on par with the NHS
- 35 days annual leave, increasing to 41 after 10 years' service
- Life cover
- Car lease scheme
- Cycle to work scheme
- Healthcare cash plan
- Free parking
- Paid DBS application
- Access to free vocational qualifications
- There is the opportunity for you to apply to our Aspire Programme, a nursing bursary programme, which could support you while training to be a qualified nurse. Each year we provide the financial and development support for 20 of our employees to gain a Nursing Degree.
If this sounds like you then we'd love you to apply here or contact us for an application form. You can email us at
For further information regarding the application / interview process please contact Closing date: Wednesday 22nd June 2022