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Trust Lead for Recovery Academy and Peer Support

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Trust Recovery Academy is recognised locally and nationally as a flagship Recovery College, offering training and resources in mental health, addictions, and recovery to over 7,500 students. You can find out more about us at

This is an exciting opportunity to build on the success of the Recovery Academy over the past decade, and grow our resource offer to our students and other organisations to raise awareness of mental health.

It is also an exciting time to join us as we grow our Peer Support Workforce in line with our Trust Together Strategy and Improvement Plan key priorities.

This post offers the opportunity to lead our Recovery Academy and influence cultural change in mental health services through the growth of peer support and co-production initiatives.

Main duties of the job

To continue to grow the Recovery Academy offer in partnership with our key stakeholders, respecting our principles of collaboration and co-production at all times.

To widen the influence of the Recovery Academy model by leading the growth of Peer Support roles across the Trust.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To lead on the development and delivery of the Trust Recovery Academy (RA) and promote the development of knowledge and skills which are inherent to recovery from mental health and substance misuse difficulties. This will be through the development and delivery of education programmes and resources to service users, carers, staff and other health and social care professionals.

To engage stakeholders from across all professions and service user groups within the organisation to ensure collaboration and co-production in order to adhere to the Academy core principles of shared learning and empowerment.

To coordinate service user involvement and ensure the necessary support is in place for people with lived experience and people with professional expertise to foster good relationships and ensure co-production can flourish.

To be the budget holder for the Recovery Academy and secure opportunities for income generation to ensure long-term security and commercial viability of the Academy.

To line manage staff within the Recovery Academy, including trainers with lived experience of mental health and/or substance misuse problems.

To promote co-production at a Trust wide level and influence organisational change via the development, growth and sustainability of GMMH peer workforce.

To recruit, train, induct and supervise the peer workforce ensuring all peers are supported effectively and enable shared learning to take place for continuous improvement.

Please see attached job description and person specification

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject (i.e. health/social care/education)
  • Postgraduate qualification in relevant subject or equivalent experience
  • Training/education covering a range of psychosocial interventions


  • Leadership/Project Management qualification
  • Assessor Award
  • Verification Award



  • Experience of project management in a senior role
  • Experience of leading co-production initiatives
  • Experience of managing peer support initiatives
  • Working in a senior educational or development role, responsible for agreement, development and design of programmes to large groups of people
  • Teaching experience with experience of delivering accredited training programmes
  • Experience of delivering a wide range of psychosocial interventions to people with mental health and/or substance misuse difficulties
  • Experience of supervising and managing staff
  • Budget management experience


  • Communications and marketing experience
  • Income generation experience
  • Learner Management Systems experience



  • Up to date knowledge of trauma informed care and community transformation in mental health and substance misuse services
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of different mental health conditions and interventions used to support people in their recovery
  • Knowledge of quality assurance standards and processes in education
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding principles and information governance
  • Knowledge and understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion, the impact of exclusion on people's health and life chances and an inclusive, collaborative approach to reducing health inequalities



  • Compassionate leader with the ability to inspire and motivate others
  • High levels of emotional intelligence with excellent relationship building skills and the ability to manage conflict
  • High regard for lived experience and coproduction
  • Highly organised to meet expectations and tight deadlines
  • Highly creative working to find solutions
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Good working knowledge and skills in Microsoft Office packages including MS Teams



  • There is a frequent requirement to travel extensively across the wider footprint of the Trust to attend meetings and deliver training

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


The Curve

GMMH Bury New Road


M25 3BL

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