Lead Peer Support Worker

Website Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Lead Peer Support Worker
£20,150 to £23,363 per annum
Reading
Veterans Mental Health Complex Treatment

The Role:
This is a newly commissioned role within the Veterans’ Complex Treatment Service (CTS) which covers the whole South Central Region (Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire).
As the Lead Peer Support Worker you will be supporting the mental health needs of veterans related to their time serving in the military by utilising your lived experiences of mental health recovery to facilitate engagement and recovery of service users.

The Veterans’ CTS is a newly commissioned psychological treatment service for Veterans with complex mental health needs that are related to their time serving in the military. The CTS uses a recovery orientated approach to offer a range of psychological interventions to support Veterans using the service to learn how to better manage their mental health difficulties.

You will have integral roles in co-developing, designing and delivering therapy courses, workshops and groups, as part of the Veterans’ CTS. You will also be providing one-to-one support to service users, offering support, advice and encouragement drawing on your lived experiences of mental health issues. This may in addition include, support to carers (including friends and relatives) and their supporters in the community, enabling service users to work towards personal recovery goals, and facilitating engagement with NHS, military charities, and non-statutory services.

You will also support the clinical lead in the overall co-ordination of the peer support network. You will contribute to the development and supervision of the peer support network within the service as appropriate, with supervision from the clinical lead and other team members.

This is a permanent post and the post holder will be equipped to work remotely. There are opportunities for flexible working as agreed with the Head of Service.

About Us:
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust can provide you with an innovative, people-centred environment, where you will be empowered to use your skills to support vulnerable patients. Our expanding in-patient service works closely with patients and their loved ones to help them identify their needs and participate actively in their rehabilitation, providing a place of nurture, where they can find hope and meaningful purpose to their lives.

We value our employees and put people first. We will provide you with an excellent working environment that has just been recognised with a ‘Good’ rating overall, and as an ‘Outstanding’, well-led, organisation in our latest CQC inspection, which found that: ‘Managers across Berkshire Healthcare promoted a positive culture that supported and valued staff, creating a sense of common purpose based on shared values.’

Working in a passionate team, you will have access to our Trust-wide Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth with opportunities to learn and develop new clinical and research skills, attend seminars and workshops, helping you to build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, extending your skills and ensuring that you excel.

We are pioneers in compassionate leadership and Quality Improvement, which is about creating a culture where everyone has a voice and where service users and staff collaborate to have a direct impact on the things that matter most.

We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr Gemma Perman, Service Lead South Central, via email: gemma.perman@berkshire.nhs.uk or Adele Stevens, Regional Service Lead, on 0118 929 6400.

Closing date: 27th March 2019

To apply for this job please visit www.jobs.nhs.uk.