DWP Peer Mentor
The closing date is 01 March 2024
Inclusion as part of an NHS Trust offers excellent career and development opportunities and the potential to really make a difference to our service users and the wider communities in which we serve.
Inclusion aims to combine public service values, which drive the most progressive elements within the NHS, with the commitment to tackling social exclusion shown by the best of the voluntary sector. We deliver a range of both criminal justice and community based drug and alcohol services across the country and IAPT services in the Wirral
Main duties of the job
We are excited to be able to recruit to a new project that is being rolled out across Portsmouth, Havant, Fareham and Cosham. We are looking to recruit for up to 37.5 hours for peer mentors (full time available, or part time hours considered) who will be delivering 1-1 interventions to clients with substance misuse issues identified by the DWP or other agencies. The role requires assessment of individuals and delivery of psychosocial interventions, a good understanding of the barriers to employment for substance dependent claimants, and also a good understanding of risk and risk management.
Mentors will also be required to have regular presence in JCP buildings across the areas, building links with work coaches, and other partnerships, as well as delivering basic substance misuse awareness.Whilst lived experience is preferred it is not essential for candidates to have lived experience. However, awareness of substances and associated harms would be of benefit.
Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an award winning organisation with over 9000 employees. We are one of the largest integrated Health and Social Care providers, covering services across North & South Staffordshire, Shropshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Isle of Wight and Essex.
We pride ourselves on the services provided to support with the well-being of all of our employees both physically and mentally and offer counselling support and lifestyle information. Opportunities for flexible working are also available depending on the role.
We encourage career development provided by in house training programs and coaching support.
Demonstrating our strong commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and in context of our objective aligned to the growth of diversity across the workforce; we are particularly seeking applications from individuals who may be from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals who meet the specific criteria.
We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.
Please refer to the attached job description for more details - The main duties for this role are to- Work in partnership with DWP / JCP and other ETE agencies- Delivery training around substance misuse awareness to partnerships- Provide a minimum of 8 sessions of 1-1 support to adult mentees who are referred by either the DWP or other relevant partnerships and have substance misuse dependency- Create SMART action plans for mentees that can be shared with DWP- Support clients who have barriers to education, training and employment caused by substance misuse- Manage a small caseload of minimum 30 mentees per year if working full time hours.- Identify barriers to education, training and employment created by substance misuse- Engage in regular training, supervision and feedback