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Peer Support Team Leader - Recovery College

St Andrew's Healthcare
Contract Type
Social Care
Per Annum, Pro Rata
Expiry Date
04/10/2020 11:32:00
Peer Support Team Leader – 12 Month ContractLocation: Northampton Career Level B22.5 hours/week (secondment opportunity considered)Purpose of

Job Description

Peer Support Team Leader – 12 Month Contract

Location: Northampton
Career Level B
22.5 hours/week (secondment opportunity considered)

Purpose of Role:
This role will be managing Peer Support Workers across the wards at St Andrew’s Healthcare, and potentially in the community, and sits within the Recovery College and Peer Support Team, otherwise known as the REDS Academy (Recovery & Every Day Skills).
The role will work alongside the other Peer Support Team Leader:
  • to manage Peer Support Workers (PSW) employed on forensic, secure wards or other placements within the Charity and as support to patients transitioning into the community
  • to work with wards to prepare them for having PSWs to ensure that they are used effectively and appropriately in the service
  • to be part of the recruitment, assessment and training programme for new PSWs
  • to organise and access training alongside the new PSWs as they learn how to use their lived experience on wards
  • to ensure there is sufficient support and management structure for the PSWs as they start working on wards and support them as they help patients transition to the community
  • to provide HR support, management supervision and group supervision to PSWs

About us
  • We’re a charity that provides specialist mental healthcare for some of society’s most vulnerable people
  • We proudly continue to build world-class mental healthcare services
  • We started our existing Peer Support Worker pilot project in September 2019, early evidence suggests it has positive benefits to all involved and we are looking to expand our PSW provision to enhance our patient care

About the role:
  • Provide appropriate support, guidance and coaching and management to PSWs including monthly 1:1 and group supervision
  • Work alongside the other Peer Support Team Leader and Assertive Transitions Service (ATS) to highlight and champion Peer Support Work across the charity
  • Liaise with wards regularly to ensure that the PSWs on wards are meeting the needs of the ward environment
  • Liaise with the ATS regularly to ensure that PSWs are supported as they fulfil their role and address any issues that arise
  • Create opportunities for patients to access REDS courses to aid recovery and promote awareness of Recovery College courses
  • Create opportunities within the charity to talk about PSW
  • Ensure strategies are in place for helping the PSWs manage their own mental health needs including crisis planning
  • Liaise with Occupational Health on making adjustments to enable the PSWs to do their job effectively

 What you’ll do:
  • Day to day management of Peer Support Workers
  • Regular liaison with ward staff and the Assertive Transitions Service
  • Attendance at community meetings on wards to ensure understanding of the Peer Support Work role
  • Attendance at relevant team meetings for the ATS
  • Help PSWs find opportunities for embedding themselves in work that goes on in the wards and in identifying community opportunities for patients to access support
  • HR management of PSWs including organising annual leave, managing sickness absence, performance feedback etc
  • Support the appraisal process for PSWs and organise training needs

 Essential Selection Criteria
  • One years’ experience working with or supporting people with mental health difficulties
  • Understanding of a range of mental health difficulties
  • Familiarity with a recovery model and how to promote and sustain recovery
  • Management experience of people with mental health difficulties
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team

 Desirable Selection Criteria
  • Experience of working with peer workers in some capacity
  • Lived experience of recovering from mental health challenges
  •  Ability to promote Wellness Plans
  • Delivering recovery focused initiatives 

If this sounds like you then we’d love you to apply. You can email us at

Closing Date:-  Sunday 13th September

Interviews w/c 28th September