Job summary

Do you believe that Autistic Individuals and/or Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (otherwise known as Learning Disability) should receive the right care, in the right place and at the right time? Receiving care and treatment in their own homes, accessing mainstream mental health services, and avoiding unnecessary hospital admission? Then this could be the job for you!

We are looking to recruit a Senior Peer Support Worker (Band 4) to an 18.75hr per week permanent post. We are looking for an individual with lived experience to join the Transforming Care and Liaison Team to support patients within hospital and community settings, to develop training packages for staff, external partners and to work alongside the Liaison Team to offer direct experience and support. You would work alongside a wide range of professionals as well as another established senior peer support worker.

The post is a job share with the existing senior peer support worker.

If you are driven to improve services offered to Autistic people and/or those with an Intellectual Disability, then this is the job for you!

Main duties of the job

The role of a Senior Peer Support Worker (SPSW) has been developed specifically for individuals who are living with Autism or Intellectual Disability or are a family member/carer of someone with Autism or Intellectual Disability. An SPSW would have lived experience of accessing or supported a family member to access Mental Health Services and/or engaged in treatment or support from a mental health/emotional wellbeing service. The SPSW will have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Condition or diagnosed with Intellectual Disability or be a family member/carer of someone with Autism and/or Intellectual Disability.

Under the supervision of qualified mental health practitioners, the SPSW will support the delivery of interventions for people accessing other LPFT services who have a diagnosis of Autism and/or Intellectual Disability. The SPSW will do this through providing emotional support to these individuals on the Transforming Care Liaison Caseload and families/carers to help them to understand the impact of their diagnosis on their mental health and recovery goals. Through sharing their own experience, SPSW’s will inspire hope and belief that living with Autism and/or Intellectual Disability is possible and support those individuals to think positively about their future. This advice is in relation to signposting to other services including voluntary groups, neighbourhood teams, statutory services and health and social care providers.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of ‘outstanding’ for well-led and ‘good’ overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We’re really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Date posted

30 December 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£23,949 to £26,282 a year pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

274-8718-SP

Job locations

Unit 3 The Bungalows, St Georges

Long Leys Road

Lincoln

LN1 1FS

Job description

Job responsibilities

To support and co-produce the designing and delivery a range of recovery focused training sessions centred around the area of peer support using their specialist knowledge, skills and lived experiences

To role model the values of peer support and recovery by being the lived example of their own ongoing recovery journey in order to support, educate and instil hope that patients/service users accessing LPFT can improve their mental health and wellbeing, and that there is a way to live the lives they want for themselves.

To promote a personal recovery approach within the Transforming Care Liaison Service, LPFT and external to LPFT

To work with expert peers and expert professionals, applying the principles of co-production by developing a learning environment that promotes equality and mutuality.

To act as a connector and work collaboratively to establish and develop links with the wider peer support network both internal and external to LPFT.

To work with patients/service users to assess their learning needs with the aim being to enhance understanding and self-management of their mental health and wellbeing.

To ensure that the Transforming Care Liaison Service compliments the Trusts strategic direction and ImROC recovery model, particularly the concept of co-production and peer support

To monitor and recommend changes to all co-produced training courses to improve their quality based on patient/service user feedback and local and national developments in line with quality assurance processes.

To ensure the training environments used to deliver courses comply with Health and Safety legislation, and be responsible for the management of the equipment and resources.

As a core member of the multi-disciplinary team, the Senior Peer Support Worker will take a lead role in working alongside the patients/service users on a group basis and provide a supportive and leadership role within the service. They will also have the opportunity to co-work with other colleagues.

Support patients/service users in attending the Recovery College, in terms of registration and selection of courses.

Model personal responsibility, self-awareness, self-belief, self-advocacy and hopefulness via the telling of own recovery story to inspire and instill confidence in students and staff alike.

To utilize own wellbeing plan and be able to adapt this to use as an appropriate teaching method to support students in the creation of their own wellbeing plan.

Share/teach coping, self-help and self-management techniques within the peer relationship.

Support patients/service users/professionals to identify and overcome fears and within a relationship of empathy, trust and honesty, challenge negative self-talk and promote the use of recovery focused language.

Within the direct intervention sessions the Senior Peer Support Worker will share contacts, resources and signposting of additional services, community groups and networks that enable patients/service users to participate in their local community and seek support as required.

Have a focus on the rights of patients/service users at all times

Work in a way that acknowledges the personal, social, cultural and spiritual strengths and needs of the individual.

To work flexibly across the week, this may include some weekend and evening work

Job description

Job responsibilities

To support and co-produce the designing and delivery a range of recovery focused training sessions centred around the area of peer support using their specialist knowledge, skills and lived experiences

To role model the values of peer support and recovery by being the lived example of their own ongoing recovery journey in order to support, educate and instil hope that patients/service users accessing LPFT can improve their mental health and wellbeing, and that there is a way to live the lives they want for themselves.

To promote a personal recovery approach within the Transforming Care Liaison Service, LPFT and external to LPFT

To work with expert peers and expert professionals, applying the principles of co-production by developing a learning environment that promotes equality and mutuality.

To act as a connector and work collaboratively to establish and develop links with the wider peer support network both internal and external to LPFT.

To work with patients/service users to assess their learning needs with the aim being to enhance understanding and self-management of their mental health and wellbeing.

To ensure that the Transforming Care Liaison Service compliments the Trusts strategic direction and ImROC recovery model, particularly the concept of co-production and peer support

To monitor and recommend changes to all co-produced training courses to improve their quality based on patient/service user feedback and local and national developments in line with quality assurance processes.

To ensure the training environments used to deliver courses comply with Health and Safety legislation, and be responsible for the management of the equipment and resources.

As a core member of the multi-disciplinary team, the Senior Peer Support Worker will take a lead role in working alongside the patients/service users on a group basis and provide a supportive and leadership role within the service. They will also have the opportunity to co-work with other colleagues.

Support patients/service users in attending the Recovery College, in terms of registration and selection of courses.

Model personal responsibility, self-awareness, self-belief, self-advocacy and hopefulness via the telling of own recovery story to inspire and instill confidence in students and staff alike.

To utilize own wellbeing plan and be able to adapt this to use as an appropriate teaching method to support students in the creation of their own wellbeing plan.

Share/teach coping, self-help and self-management techniques within the peer relationship.

Support patients/service users/professionals to identify and overcome fears and within a relationship of empathy, trust and honesty, challenge negative self-talk and promote the use of recovery focused language.

Within the direct intervention sessions the Senior Peer Support Worker will share contacts, resources and signposting of additional services, community groups and networks that enable patients/service users to participate in their local community and seek support as required.

Have a focus on the rights of patients/service users at all times

Work in a way that acknowledges the personal, social, cultural and spiritual strengths and needs of the individual.

To work flexibly across the week, this may include some weekend and evening work

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Level 2/GCSE Grade C or 4 preferable for English and Maths
  • NVQ Level 3 Qualification in relevant subject or equivalent experience
  • Completion of specific PSW training and have considerable experience of working as a mental health PSW

Desirable

  • Mental Health related qualification
  • To have taken the lead on the delivery of sessions to a wide variety of people with differing educational and emotional needs

Experience

Essential

  • Lived experience of Autism and/or Intellectual Disability
  • Lived experience of mental health services
  • Experience of working/volunteering as a PSW (or equivalent)

Desirable

  • Experience of transforming care
  • Experience of partnership working skills in establishing good relationships
  • Experience of supporting people with a range of needs to meet their recovery goals

Skills

Essential

  • Ability to plan, allocate and evaluate own work, being able to deal with pressure and prioritisation
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Excellent written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Computer literate and experience of using multi-media presentation software
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Level 2/GCSE Grade C or 4 preferable for English and Maths
  • NVQ Level 3 Qualification in relevant subject or equivalent experience
  • Completion of specific PSW training and have considerable experience of working as a mental health PSW

Desirable

  • Mental Health related qualification
  • To have taken the lead on the delivery of sessions to a wide variety of people with differing educational and emotional needs

Experience

Essential

  • Lived experience of Autism and/or Intellectual Disability
  • Lived experience of mental health services
  • Experience of working/volunteering as a PSW (or equivalent)

Desirable

  • Experience of transforming care
  • Experience of partnership working skills in establishing good relationships
  • Experience of supporting people with a range of needs to meet their recovery goals

Skills

Essential

  • Ability to plan, allocate and evaluate own work, being able to deal with pressure and prioritisation
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to high quality care and service provision
  • Excellent written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Computer literate and experience of using multi-media presentation software

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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