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Recovery College & Peer Support Lead

St Andrew's Healthcare
Contract Type
Charity, Health & Medical, Human Resources
plus excellent benefits
Expiry Date
29/11/2019 14:59:00
This exciting new role will lead the development, co-ordination, co-production and implementation of the St Andrew’s Healthcare Recovery College.

Job Description

Recovery College & Peer Support Lead

Location: Northampton
Career Level C
Salary – £45,000 - £55,000 plus package DOE
Do you want the chance to lead an exciting and evolving project which has the chance to impact the approach to patient care?

You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare
A top 20 UK charity, St Andrew’s is a unique provider of specialist care in mental health and learning disability. We aspire to deliver truly world class, holistic services within our outstanding, modern facilities. Our independence means we can always put patients’ interests at the heart of decision making, while re-investing surpluses in frontline services.  We are currently transforming the Charity and have introduced Integrated Practice Units (IPUs) as the vehicle to deliver ‘Value Based Healthcare’.  This will ensure our patients consistently get the best possible outcomes and local teams gain more control and responsibility.
The Recovery & Every Day Skills (REDS) Academy is an emerging part of St Andrew’s Healthcare that values the lived experience of Peers in the care and recovery of our patients. We believe in the importance of recovery-centred practice and are driven to break the stigma associated with mental health. REDS Academy comprises of the Recovery College, which employs Peer Trainers to deliver recovery-focused education, and the Peer Support Worker Project which employs Peer Support Workers to support patient recovery on the wards. These teams together are presenting an innovative approach to recovery and patient care which is changing culture in the Charity and pioneering Peer Support in secure care.

The role
In this exiting role you will lead the delivery and development of the REDS Academy including the Recovery College and Peer Support Worker (PSW) programme. Your role as the Lead will be to set the strategy and ensure that REDS Academy is at the heart of recovery-focused practice at St Andrew’s Healthcare. Presenting to stakeholders at senior meetings, you will represent and promote REDS activities to the Charity.

Managing the REDS Academy Team you will be responsible for leading and supporting these individuals, many of whom have their own lived experience, to achieve your strategy and fulfil their potential in the organisation.
An essential part of your role will be building working relationships with key internal stakeholders to build commitment and support for REDS Academy initiatives. Additionally to ensure commercial stability of the Academy, you will need to build strong external connections and partnerships to benchmark the quality of practice and secure income generation opportunities.

About you
You will have a strong understanding of the principles of personal recovery from Mental illness and the ability to apply this throughout your work. Your knowledge of Peer Support and Recovery Colleges enables you to confidently talk about their value in mental healthcare, and promote the value of lived experience in the Charity to bring about culture change.

We are looking for someone with experience of strategic and operational leadership that can inspire your team and the organisation to believe in your vision. In addition communications, influencing and relationship building skills are key to forming strong internal and external partnerships. With proven project management skills, you can deliver a project to budget and demonstrate successful investment.

Your empathy and person-centred approach means that you consider patient outcomes as a top priority. You will have had experience working with people with lived experience or have had your own lived experience of recovery from mental illness. You will relish the opportunity that this role brings to lead a service that makes a genuine difference to people’s lives.

St Andrew’s Rewards
We offer an excellent benefits package including pension, sickness policy on par with NHS, 38 days holiday, life cover, car lease scheme, free parking and cycle to work scheme
For further details, please contact:
Simone Wetherall, Recovery College Lead on 01604 872822

Closing date:  Sunday 17th November
Interviews: W/C 25th November