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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/12/2020.

IPS Peer Support Workers

Job Reference: 383-ACC-1203-20

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Peer Support Work Employability
Kingsway Hospital, Derby
£19,737 - £21,142 pa, pro rata

Want to make a real difference and have a truly rewarding career? Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of ‘making a positive difference in people's lives’.

We’ve been rated ‘good’ overall by the CQC, with some outstanding services. The CQC commented at our most recent inspection on how our colleagues “treated patients with compassion and kindness” and “felt positive and proud about working for the trust.”

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Derbyshire Healthcare and our Chief Executive, Ifti Majid, is a national advocate on these issues. We are actively seeking to increase diversity in our workforce through our recruitment activities. Selection will be on the basis of merit and we are committed to the principles of positive action, to address any imbalances of opportunity.

We are committed to ensuring that all Trust colleagues can work safely during the current Coronavirus crisis. As part of this, the Trust is reviewing job roles in relation to COVID-19 national guidance, in terms of home working, flexibility and safe practice, to ensure positive working environments for staff and the best quality services for patients. Please note that this post may be subject to adjustments in line with COVID-19 national guidance.

IPS Peer Support Workers (Band 3)

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen, for two permanent Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Peer Support Workers across Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Trust to travel around the county.

Peer support is based on the recognition that there is no better person to support the path towards recovery than someone who has walked the same path as that individual.

Peer Support Workers work as part of the community mental health team and work in collaboration with Employment Specialists and other colleagues within the team.

Peer Support Workers engage with mental health service users to show empathy, share experience, inspire hope and promote recovery with the aim of assisting service users to gain and maintain independence in the community.

The role of the Peer Support Worker is focused around supporting an individual to become work ready.

The Peer Support Worker will assist service users in raising aspirations and developing personal goals, with the aim to be supported into employment, by an Employment Specialists within IPS

Key Duties/Responsibilities

  • To establish a supportive and respectful relationship with service users, sharing own narratives to raise aspirations to access employment opportunities.
  • To work primarily in direct work with service users on a 1:1 and in group settings as agreed with team supervisor and team manager.
  • To help individuals to consider employment opportunities and identify their own achievable and meaningful recovery goals.
  • To actively, practically and creatively support an individual to progress towards becoming ‘work ready’ through co-facilitating pre-vocational interventions on a 1:1 and group basis.
  • To support the implementation of groups; i.e. job clubs and recovery college workshops to enable service users to write CV’s and create email addresses.
  • To support service users in developing other areas of pre-vocational skills.
  • Draw upon own lived experience to inspire hope, model self-awareness and facilitate service users in developing their own resourcefulness for managing their health and wellbeing.
  • Facilitate access to community groups and networks that enable participation in activities, to maximise service user's opportunities for socially valued roles and positive identity.
  • Ensure that service user’s peer recovery goals are integrated into the Trusts care plan/CPA process and are reviewed on a regular basis, through liaising closely with employment specialists and care co-ordinators as necessary.
  • To actively engage with colleagues and other professionals to ensure the needs of the client group are met through promoting recovery orientated, strengths based
  • To attend and participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings.
  • To work under the regular supervision of the team supervisor and guidance of other professional colleagues, ie employment specialists.
  • To participate within Trust peer training and peer working networks.
  • To have an awareness of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model and how this is implemented within the service.
  • To actively take responsibility for own health and wellbeing through working upon own wellness plan/advanced statement and discussing/reviewing within supervision as necessary.
  • To be willing to develop self through specialist training opportunities, relevant to IPS, as agreed with team supervisor and team manager.
  • To ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest standard and in accordance with currently quality initiatives within the work area.
  • To undertake other duties as may be required suitable to the banding of the post.

Supervision and support will be offered on a regular basis with ongoing training and development opportunities relevant to the post.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Samantha Parr Job title: IPS Service Manager Email address: Telephone number: 07919 291368

This job may close early if a large number of applications are received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid missing your chance to apply.

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If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that on this occasion you have been unsuccessful.


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DBS Check
The cost of undertaking a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) disclosure will be met by the individual. The Trust will meet the initial costs of the disclosure which will be deducted from your first month’s salary. The current price of a standard check is £23 and an enhanced check is £40.

We are obliged to check employment history for at least the past 3 years for successful candidates. Please ensure that the referees you provide us cover at least the past 3 years of your employment/training.



Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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