Peer Co-ordinator

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year (pro rata) per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Full Time
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Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust are pleased to announce that we are currently recruiting a Peer Co-Ordinator for Durham AMH Community Services.

The Community Transformation is part of the NHS Long Term Plan and represents a shift in the way we currently deliver care. It is aligned to a model that considers the whole person, beyond their diagnosis, and looks at what the whole system has to offer (primary care, local authority, voluntary care sector, police, education as well as families and friends). The aim is to work together to ensure we collectively deliver trauma informed, person centred care to meet an individual's wide-ranging needs.

Main duties of the job

The Peer Co-Ordinator for Durham AMH and MHSOP Community Mental Health Transformation and Services will be a challenging and rewarding leadership role:

The post holder will provide specialist Peer Support leadership and expertise to the cocreation and implementation of the Community Mental Health Transformation in Durham and the development of the system Peer Support Services in line with the Community Mental Health Framework and TEWV Peer Support Strategy as appropriate. This will involve a rangeof leadership input in co-producing and implementing systemwide peer support developments - including commissioning and procurement processes. It will also involve a wide range of other partnership work including: scoping and engaging with a wide range of existing community peer support and community resources, developing systemwide peer support networks, engaging with service users and their families and carers.

Alongside this they will also work developing and embedding TEWV Peer Worker roles within Durham Community Services in line with the TEWV Trustwide Peer Support Strategy and implementation: this will involve leadership work, preparation of teams ready for Peer Workers to join, and the recruitment, training and supervision of Peer Workers in DurhamCommunity Teams.

About us

For this role, we are looking for someone who has personal experience of mental health challenges and who has personal experience of accessing secondary or inpatient/tertiary mental health 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.

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.

In the event that permanent funding becomes available for this post in the future, the post may be offered to the post holder.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Peer Co-Ordinator for Durham Community Services 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 be aware of theimpacts of trauma and committed to the importance of working in ways which are sensitive to the needs of trauma survivors.

The role will work with the reporting and support structures illustrated on the downloadable diagram and job description provided. The post holder will also receive training and regular line management and peer work supervision to support them in the role, and will work spanning teams.

The job description is uploaded as a document and that document contains this information in its entirety.

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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