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Peer Lead for Research

Employer
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Middlesbrough
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 pro rata per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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The Therapies Directorate have a fixed term or secondment opportunity for a Peer Lead for Research, to support the delivery of a research project entitled 'Increasing accessibility of affordable healthy food to adults living with Severe Mental Illness in Middlesbrough'. This project is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will provide lived experience to the research team in relation to Severe Mental Illness and food insecurity (defined as lack of the financial resources to ensure reliable access to food to meet dietary, nutritional, and social needs). The research team involves a partnership between Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Middlesbrough Environment City and Teesside University and the successful applicant will work as part of this new partnership to oversee the delivery of the research project.

About us

The Peer Lead for Research will be based with the Therapies Directorate at Flatts Lane Centre, but most of the work can be conducted remotely.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will have lived experience of Severe Mental Illness and/or food insecurity. They will be educated to Degree level or have Degree level experience in developing and delivering Peer Support in a community or NHS setting. Substantial experience of working as a peer worker or in another lived experience essential role is essential for the role. Experience of working in health research would be desirable. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available, including research supervision.

Internal applicants must ensure that prior to applying they have agreement from their current line manager that they can be released on a secondment basis.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Equivalent to Degree level experience in developing and delivering Peer Support in a community or NHS setting
  • Educated to Degree level OR evidence of ability to write reports to Degree level standard
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Masters / Postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject OR willingness to undertake within agreed timescale OR demonstrable Peer Work development knowledge to Masters level equivalent
  • Completed Trust Trauma Informed Peer Support Training course (passing within agreed timescale)
  • Completed Trust approved Peer Support Training
  • Training in patient leadership
  • Peer / Clinical Supervisory Skills course
  • Trust training in Appraisal and Recruitment (or willingness to undertake within an agreed timescale)
  • Trust QIS (Quality Improvement System) for Leaders (or willingness to undertake within agreed timescale)


Desirable

  • Experience developing and delivering Peer Support in BOTH a community and NHS setting
  • Completed Trust Trauma Informed Peer Support Course
  • Completed an accredited Peer Support training course


Experience

Essential

  • Personal experience of mental health challenges or a learning disability that is relevant to the specific role advertised
  • Personal experience of accessing secondary (or inpatient/tertiary) mental health services
  • Substantial experience of working as a peer worker or in another lived experience essential role
  • Lived Experience of Severe Mental Illness and/or food insecurity
  • Experience of working in a mental health trust


Desirable

  • Experience of working in health research


Knowledge

Essential

  • Passionate about the values of peer support and good understanding of what the role adds to an organisation and conditions needed for successful implementation of peer roles
  • Understands importance of peer work maintaining integrity to peer support values and commitment to supporting this
  • Good understanding of national strategy, guidance and key standards in own specialist area and their application in practice


Skills

Essential

  • Proven ability to share elements of own life experiences, and engage compassionately with experiences of others, in a way appropriate to the role and peer relationship
  • Demonstrate effective Peer leadership
  • Clearly articulate the role of Peer Work Programme to a wide and diverse range of people.


Personal Attributes

Essential

  • Commitment to working to and promoting TEWV Peer Support Values and to supporting service users and peer work staff groups voices to be heard
  • Commitment to promoting Trauma Informed Approaches and Recovery Values
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice


Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Flatts Lane Centre

Flatts Lane

Middlesbrough

TS6 0SZ

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346-CORP-087-24

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