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Peer Co-ordinator

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year (pro rata)per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce that we are currently looking to recruit a Full time, Permanent , Band 6 - Peer Co-ordinator for Secure Inpatient Services.

For this role, we are looking for someone who has personal experience of mental health challenges or a learning disability and/or autism, and who has personal experience of accessing secondary or inpatient/tertiary or secure inpatient mental health or learning disability or autism services. You will have substantial experience in the development of peer support and of working in lived experience essential roles. You will have personal experience of delivering formal peer support to service users.

Main duties of the job

The Peer Co-ordinator for Secure Inpatient Service will be a challenging and rewarding leadership role focussing on service development. The successful applicant will support the implementation of Trustwide Peer Support Strategy into Secure Inpatient Services. They will work developing and embedding internal TEWV Peer Worker roles within Secure Inpatient Services: this will involve a leadership role in the preparation of teams ready for Peer Workers to join, and the recruitment, training, supervision and ongoing support of Peer Workers. The role will also involve partner facing work scoping existing community resources, engaging with partners and community organisations.

About us

The Peer Co-ordinator will also be professionally accountable for their own small caseload of Peer Work (as role demands allow). Drawing on your own experience of mental health challenges, you will 'walk alongside' others on their journey in a supportive peer relationship built on our core peer values of authenticity, relationship, validation, respect, mutuality and empowerment. You will listen non-judgementally to create safe spaces where people feel heard. You will approach the peer relationship with compassion and curiosity. You will recognise and value people's strengths, diversity and expertise in themselves. You will be aware of the impacts of trauma and committed to the importance of working in ways which are sensitive to the needs of trauma survivors.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

We value diversity and want to have a wide range of identities represented in the peer workforce. We welcome applications from people with lived experience of distress and mental health services from the characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation) and other diverse groups.

We also value a diversity of experiences with mental health services in the peer workforce and welcome applications from people with helpful, difficult or mixed experiences of mental health services.

Successful applicants will receive training and regular peer supervision to support them in the role.

Additional contact details

Nichola Dunn

Senior Forensic Recovery Lead

Telephone- 07880022843

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Educated to degree level OR has equivalent experience developing and delivering Peer Support in a community or NHS setting.
  • Completed Trust approved Peer Support Training
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2
  • 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) mental health services
  • Experience of working as a peer worker or in another lived experience essential role
  • Experience of delivering peer support in a paid or voluntary role, or in a user led environment
  • Experience in delivering supervision or co-supervision to peers
  • Psychiatric hospital admission
  • Experience preparing workplace teams for peer support workers
  • Experience in recruiting peer support workers
  • Experience of delivering training sessions on peer support
Knowledge Essential
  • Passionate about the values of peer support and understands what the role adds to a team
  • Understanding of trauma informed approaches and trauma informed peer support, and a demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to practice and to support others to develop their practice
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance and Clinical Supervision.
  • Understands importance of maintaining integrity to peer support role
Skills Essential
  • Able to share elements of own life experiences, and engage compassionately with experiences of others, in a way appropriate to the role and peer relationship
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation
  • Good peer relationship skills and ability to describe such skills verbally and in writing
  • Peer record keeping and report writing
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Manage own caseload and prioritise effectively and delegate tasks
  • Ability to deliver effective teaching and training sessions
Personal Essential
  • Commitment to supporting service users voices to be heard

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