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Peer Support Coordinator

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
Peer Support Coordinator- 12-month contract

We are employing 2 Peer Work Coordinators to increase and embed peer working across the Trust. The Peer Worker Coordinators will support a variety of teams to introduce Peer Workers so more service users can access Peer Support as part of their recovery journey. This is an exciting time for Peer Support within South London and the Maudsley Trust and an exciting time to join our team.

The Peer Worker Coordinators will work with a variety of teams to identify opportunities to introduce peer support. The coordinator will develop and deliver team preparation workshops. The coordinator will produce information using a variety of media to highlight and celebrate peer working. The Peer Worker Coordinator will use their experience as an experienced peer worker to offer advice and support to peer workers. The Peer Worker Coordinator will recruit, train and support peer workers.

As this is a 12-month contract the successful candidate will have to have excellent communication skills and be able to use their own initiative. Ideally, the successful candidate will have experience in setting up new projects or new services within the NHS.

Main duties of the job

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust is committed to delivering outstanding mental health care key to this is ensuring that service users can access peer support. Peer Support coordinators will support the development of the Peer Support workforce.

To promote the Peer Worker role throughout the organisation.

The Peer Support coordinators will contribute to the central team to strategically plan and guide peer support in line with the trust's strategy.

Contribute to the creation and maintenance of an effective infrastructure to ensure that Peer Support Workers are well supported and working safely. Provide and facilitate group supervision and professional supervision to senior peer roles.

To proactively work within the Trust to identify opportunities for peer worker post developments. Support managers to introduce new roles by assisting in the development of the role, facilitate Team Preparation sessions, support the recruitment and induction of peer workers.

To work in collaboration with the Recovery College to co-produce relevant training packages.

To work in partnership with key departments which support the transformation of the workforce.

To produce good quality information about Peer Support that can be shared with service users, carers, colleagues and partnership organisations.

About us

As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part ofour new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interviewstage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from8AM to 6PM, giving you the absolute best of good work-life balance.

You will be based in Maudsley Hospital (headquarters) but be expected to travel to other parts of the trust as required.

Maudsley Hospital

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the trainstation (zone 2) and is within walking distance from the beautiful green spaces ofRuskin park and the vibrant high-street that offers great shopping opportunities andwith a wide range of restaurants.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Leadership, supervision, and appraisal
  • To support the development, implementation, and review of Peer Support Workforce in line with trust-wide strategy
  • Strategically planning and guiding the development peer support
  • Plan and facilitate group supervision for peer workers
  • To participate in the appraisals and supervision for a variety of peer support employees
  • 1 To support and inform those line managing and supervising Peer Workers.
  • 2 Support MDT colleagues to ensure that Peer Workers are enabled to use their lived experience to provide outstanding care to service users
  • 3 To challenge inequalities and low expectations, addressing issues of stigma, prejudice and discrimination
  • 4To review and reflect on own practice and performance through supervision and appraisal.

  • Service Development

    2.1 Identify opportunities for peer worker posts developments, supporting managers to introduce new roles by assisting in the development of the role.

    2.2 Facilitate preparation sessions for teams employing peer support sessions

    2.3 To work in partnership with appointing managers, HR, Occupational Health to support the timely recruitment and induction of Peer Support

    2.4 To promote the role of Peer Support Worker as a career option to a wide range of service users within our local communities. To work proactively to ensure that our peer workforce reflects the communities we serve.

    2.5 To lead the development of materials and events that celebrate the role of Peer Workers

    2.6 To maintain a working knowledge of relevant research, guidelines, policy developments and strategies to influence developments.

    2.7 To work in partnership with third sector organisations to promote and support the development of Peer Support


    3.1 To work in partnership to evaluate the impact of Peer Support throughout the trust

    3.2 To evaluate training to ensure that training is of good quality and enables peer support workers to provide outstanding support

    3.3 To evaluate the support mechanisms for Peer Support Workers to ensure that Peer Workers are practicing safely and supported to meet their full potential.

    3.4 Gather and disseminate local, national and international evidence for peer support and to share appropriately

    Learning and Development

    4.1 To work in partnership with Lead for Peer Support and the Recovery College to design and deliver Peer Support Training

    4.2 To design and deliver a range of courses for Peer Workers which focus on the learning needs of peer support workers

    4.3 To design and deliver a number of training packages to promote the role of peer workers throughout the trust.

    4.4 To undertake activities of Continuous Professional Development based on own learning needs

    Person Specification



    • Educated to degree level
    • Peer Support Training



    • Experience as Peer Worker or Peer Worker trainer
    • Experience of working with mental health services (statutory or voluntary sector)
    • Experience and commitment to co-production
    • Experience of developing and delivering training
    • Experience of supervising staff
    • Experience of challenging discrimination and stigma


    • Experience of facilitating groups

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


    Maudsley Hospital, Trust HQ

    Denmark Hill


    SE1 8AZ

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