Lanarkshire Links is mental health service user and carer led Registered Charity SC033933 whose main focus is supporting service users and carers to be involved in the design and delivery of mental health and social care services.

Job Title Peer Worker Mental Health
Status 20 hours per week over 3 days
Salary £10,637
Closing date 7th June 2019
Office Base: Lanarkshire Links, Dalziel Building, 7 Scott Street, Motherwell ML1 1PN.
Website www.lanarkshirelinks.org.uk
Work Location Our peer workers are employed within the adult mental health inpatient wards across Lanarkshire. Your current placement would be in University Hospital Hairmyres.

This is an exciting opportunity to join our diverse team of workers who are committed to promoting the welfare and advancing the education of people affected by mental health issues across Lanarkshire.

You will be join a group of three other Peer Workers working across the adult inpatient wards within the general hospitals in Lanarkshire.

Lanarkshire Links has a long history of promoting Recovery and tackling the stigma that surrounds mental health.

We also employ the Lanarkshire Recovery Network and Stigma Free Lanarkshire and Gathering Recovery Stories project team and a Mental Health & Wellbeing Officer.

Peers are people who have a shared experience of mental health problems and recovery.

Peers can use this lived experience to help other people who are facing similar challenges.

Peers can also use their expertise to inform the development of new policies and improve services by using their own lived experience to help design and deliver services

Applicants will use their lived experience and skills to work alongside the service user, relatives and friends to enhance recovery throughout their hospital stay and on into the community.

You will

  • Safely use your own personal experience to support someone’s recovery, offering hope and demonstrating a positive outcome.
  • Capture the patient’s experience of care as part of their journey of recovery from the patient’s perspective.
  • Contribute to discussions that will lead to self-improvement.
  • Building a therapeutic relationship with service users and carers.
  • Ensure a good working relationship with staff and partner agencies, promoting positive mental health, well-being and recovery in your working environment
  • Provide 1:1 engagement and therapeutic recovery groups within the ward
  • Provide information and support in preparation for the patient returning home

 Requirements:

Personal experience of mental health illness is essential.

You will be able to demonstrate what helped in your own recovery and what you do to maintain your own good mental health and well-being.

You should have effective communication and interpersonal skills.

A working knowledge of mental health and community care issues is desirable.

Applicants require the ability to work on their own initiative as well as part of a team.

A basic knowledge of Microsoft or other computer packages would be advantageous.

A local knowledge of resources to support recovery in Lanarkshire

Experience in facilitating groups

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Mental Health Peer Support is desirable but not essential.

The successful applicant will have an opportunity to develop the post in adherence with good practice and standards within the mental health arena.

For an Application Form contact: Catherine Reynolds, Lanarkshire Links, Dalziel Building, Scott Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PN

 Tel: 01698 265232                  Email: catherinereynolds@lanarkshirelinks.org.uk

www.lanarkshirelinks.org.uk

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