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Peer Support Worker

Maidstone, Kent, England
ME17 4BU
£ 18813 - 20795 Per year
Full time
Job level
Qualified (non-manager)
14 Aug 2019
13 Sep 2019

Job Description

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we can ALL be ourselves.

It's an exciting time to join Apply has been rated Outstanding for Caring and Good overall in our most recent CQC inspection in January 2019!
Have you experienced mental health problems and accessed secure mental health services? Could you use your recovery to inspire hope and support others?
The Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service (FOLS) is a new service for Kent, providing a safe, effective and timely pathway from medium/low secure care into the community, for people requiring specialist forensic mental health care following a secure inpatient admission. The service will provide ongoing care and support for those individuals requiring specialist intervention to address risks and psychological needs and works to support social care needs, which if these failed could potentially lead to relapse and reoffending.
An exciting new post has been developed within the FOLS team for individuals with direct knowledge and lived experience of recovery in mental health. At KMPT we believe that people who have experienced, and who are living well with mental health problems, are often the most knowledgeable, skilled and inspirational supporters of others on the recovery journey.
As a Peer Support Worker, you'll use your own experience of recovering from mental health issues to encourage, inspire and inform others - supporting them in their own journey of recovery, and acting as a role model. In this way, you'll enable our service users to live as independently as possible and make the most of their potential.
The role of Peer Support Worker will involve:
  • Building strong, supportive relationships with our service users in the own home and in community facilities
  • Helping service users to set realistic and positive goals and empowering them to live fuller, more fulfilling lives
  • Supporting the group programme on offer by sharing your own experiences
  • Developing the service, and helping its users to get involved in this process
  • Completing a range of admin tasks
  • Liaising widely with other staff and services within the community
  • Promoting awareness of mental health and reducing stigma
To join us as a Peer Support Worker, you will need:
  • A background of personally recovering from mental health issues
  • Experience of using mental health services, ideally secure services
  • An understanding of factors which can affect recovery in mental health
  • IT literacy including Microsoft Office and Internet or a willingness to learn
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work well in a team
  • Empathy, good listening skills, approach-ability and common sense
  • You will need to be able to know when to ask for help
The post will also involve contributing to the development of the Peer Support Worker role, particularly within secure mental health services. You will receive induction, training and on-going supervision, including a network of other peer support workers employed within KMPT.
Working days will be flexible depending on the needs of the service users.
We require a period of twelve months without using secure services and for applicants to be discharged from forensic community services. All posts are subject to enhanced DBS check (formally CRB check), however convictions will not necessarily be a barrier to employment.
This post is subject to a six month probationary period for candidates external to the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Julia Wilson, Lead AHP forensic & specialist services on Apply.

Ref: RM149AB

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