Lead Advanced Lived Experience Practitioner for Health & Justice

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are youa passionateandexperiencedpeer worker with lived experience of recovery following time spent in prison? Do you have professional experience of using your lived experience of accessing healthcare and criminal justice systems?

An exciting opportunity has arisen fora highly skilled individualto join Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) as a Lead Health & Justice Advanced Lived Experience Practitioner.

This is a newly established role and will involve working across CNWL'sHealth & Justice Services, with a specific focus on Surrey Prisons. As a new post, the person successfully appointed to this post will support and lead on the development and ongoing delivery of CNWL's Peer Support and Lived Experience Practice provision within Health & Justice. This will include close working with staff across Surrey Prisons sites and taking a leading role in CNWL's organisational commitment to theLived Experience Charter.

The Surrey Prisons sites this role will work across are HMP Bronzefield, HMP Coldingley, HMP Downview, HMP High Down, and HMP Send.

Please note that onlycandidates who have worked aspeerworkers (or very similar lived experience-specific roles) andwho have their own lived experience of recovery following time spent in prison will be eligible for shortlisting.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • promote principles and practice of peer and lived experience practitioner roles across Health & Justice, including prison services, liaison and diversion services, forensic mental health services and VCSE organisations,
  • collaborate and work in partnership with voluntary, 3rd sector and statutory partners to support the development of the peer support and lived experience practice workforce in a collaborative and co-produced manner,
  • support teams to consider and implement new peer and lived experience roles and co-run information sessions promoting the roles,
  • contribute to shortlisting, interviews or assessment centres and hold oversight for eventual induction of new staff,
  • contribute to the Health & Justice Senior Management Team meetings, site-based management meetings and locality wide meetings regarding peer working and lived experience practitioner roles and perspectives,
  • propose policy or service changes for their own work area or beyond their own work area that contributes to a culture across Health & Justice that is therapeutic, productive, accessible, inclusive, flexible and responsive to service user needs,
  • work with the Health & Justice Senior Management Team (SMT) to deliver, budget, manage and evaluate projects and services within Health & Justice and wider CNWL networks,
  • work with senior leaders to identify and facilitate opportunities for co-production to influence the practice, policies and procedures within CNWL.

About us

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Central and North West London NHS Trust is committed to providing safe, effective services and providing those who use the services and those who support them, with a positive experience.

Our Trust Values are:

COMPASSION: contribution to a caring and kind environment and recognition that what you do and say can help to improve the lives of others.

RESPECT: acknowledge, respect and value diversity of each individual, recognition of uniqueness.

EMPOWERMENT: commitment to providing information, resources and support to help others make their own decisions and meet their own needs. The Trust endeavours to support all staff to enable them to develop and grow.

PARTNERSHIP: work closely with others and behave in a way that demonstrates understanding that commissioners and users of our services are the people who generate and fund our work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities of the role and the person specification for this post, please see the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please note:

Successful completion of CNWL DBS and HMPPS National Prison Clearance is a requirement for this post.

This role will work across Surrey Prison sites. It is therefore essential that the post holder can travel to different sites as required.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Completion of Peer Support Training
  • Ability to demonstrate equivalent skills in research, writing or analysis to that of a post-graduate
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of recovery-focused and peer support related training activities


  • Mentorship Training
  • Clinical Supervision Training
  • Leadership Training
  • Project Management Training
  • Quality Improvement Training

Previous Experience (Paid/unpaid, relevant to job)


  • Lived experience of recovery following time spent in prison
  • Experience as a peer worker/ of professionally using one's lived experience of accessing healthcare and the criminal justice systems
  • Experience in using electronic patient records systems such as RiO, SystemOne or care notes
  • Experience of teaching and training or facilitating groupwork
  • Experience of relationship building and partnership working
  • Experience of public speaking
  • Liaising and working with colleagues from other disciplines
  • Experience in participating in audit/evaluation/research projects
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries and with a wide range of professional groups at a senior level
  • Experience of successfully managing programmes of work/projects
  • Experience of analysing organisational or team issues and developing and implementing resultant change strategies
  • Experience of recruitment and workforce planning
  • Experience of delivering training and presentations
  • Experience of and commitment to co-production
  • Experience of facilitating supervision, appraisal and personal development (individual and group)


  • Experience of working with individuals within the criminal justice system
  • Experience of involvement in service design, development or improvement processes in forensic contexts
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience in managing complex HR issues with staff e.g. the management of performance / long term sickness
  • Experience in budget management
  • Experience in Strategy development and delivery
  • Experience in guidelines and policy development
  • Experience of working with information technology to keep track of operational performance
  • Experience of coaching

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Ability to demonstrate first person experiential knowledge of recovery at an expert level
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of the concept of personal recovery as it may apply to others
  • Awareness of the service user/ survivor movement and the history of Intentional Peer Support
  • Understanding of the issues and concerns of individuals within the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge and commitment to service users' rights, involvement and service-user led initiatives
  • Understanding and practical knowledge of a variety of recovery and socially inclusive approaches
  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice
  • Demonstrable skills in effective leadership
  • Ability to take part in activities for improving quality
  • Ability to manage own workload, prioritise and seek creative solutions to problems
  • oUnderstanding of the importance of equality and diversity.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Ability to provide leadership and supervision to the team.
  • Ability to deal with pressure, prioritisation and delegation and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work in accordance with Trust Policies and Procedures
  • Good IT skills
  • Ability to work autonomously, on own initiative and under pressure to meet deadlines and competing priorities & to make and action decisions independently within agreed time frames.
  • Ability to prioritise workload, delegate effectively and to support junior staff to do so.
  • Ability to regularly identify and undertake appropriate learning and development opportunities as part of ongoing CPD.
  • Ability to identify and effectively manage performance of self and others.
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance. Ability to recognise and articulate own values and principles, understanding how these may different from those of others
  • Ability to chair/facilitate a meeting
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders during times of organisational change


  • Awareness of community resources and service user groups
  • Working knowledge of current legislation which underpins Health and Social Care and a working knowledge of the Equalities Act 2010, Human Rights Act and Criminal Justice and Courts Act



  • Ability to travel across the Trust

Attitudes, Aptitudes and Personal Characteristics


  • Ability to reflect sensitively on your personal experience of recovery to support others
  • Ability to identify and take steps to support own wellbeing through a personal Wellness Recovery Plan
  • Develops others to grow their capacity and potential
  • Exhibits and promotes respect for service users, families and carers, individual staff and teams
  • Expresses and articulates ideas in a manner that is appropriate, accurate and easily understood
  • Seeks to ensure the provision of a high-quality service to service users, families and carers
  • Coproduce service developments with service users, families and their carers
  • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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