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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/03/2021.

Peer Supporter

Job Reference: 263-NL21-034-SF

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Northumberland North Psychosis/Non Psychosis
North Northumberland CTT, Alnwick
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

As an Organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
  • those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s (CNTW) North locality, for a Peer Supporter role to work in our North Northumberland Community Treatment Team based in Alnwick.

The Peer Supporter role is a vital part of our plan to continually improve the service that we provide. The role is aimed at people with personal lived experience and/or experience of caring for someone who is experiencing mental health difficulties. The principal role of the post will be to support service users throughout their journey through our services, to establish greater control over their lives and decisions, and build resilience during their care and treatment.

This is a unique opportunity to work as part of a Clinical Team, utilising your personal experience to inspire people through their own recovery path. The role focuses on creating trusting relationships whilst supporting service users (and or carers) in their journey of recovery.

You will be expected to offer a different perspective and real understanding through:

  • Sharing stories to find a mutual connection.
  • Supporting individuals to identify personal recovery goals and contribute to care planning.
  • Group work, as well as 1:1 work, using wellness plans and tools. You will co-develop therapeutic groups, dependant on your experience, working with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Recording progress and concerns, working in a manner which ensures confidentiality and security.
  • Building service user confidence through their care pathway and towards their own aspirations of a meaningful recovery.

This will be a challenging, but rewarding role, working with people presenting with a range of mental health issues and risks. The post holder must have the ability to communicate where there are barriers to understanding, and they must be able to work as part of a team. They must be confident in working and communicating with people and demonstrate strong recovery values in, inspiring hope and empowerment in others.

Successful applicants will be prepared to complete CNTW’s Peer Support Programme within the first 6 months of employment. Training will cover all aspects of the role and give participants the opportunity to reflect on their own practice of Peer Support.

As an employee of CNTW, the wellbeing of all of our staff is vitally important. The post holder will have several avenues of support but should also feel confident in their own personal skills and abilities to draw upon their own resilience and strengths to sustain their own wellbeing throughout this role.

The Post will also involve contributing to the continuing development of the Peer Supporter role and linking in with Third sector and/or recovery colleges.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Tracey Hogg

Job title: Team Manager

Email addres:

Telephone number: 07833 057550

Additional contact information

Frances Saint - Development and Wellbeing Facilitator -

All of our clinical posts (and certain others), are subject to DBS clearance prior to commencement.

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Market Labour Test, as required by the Border immigration Authority. Please check with the appointing manager for the post that sponsorship can be offered prior to applying.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

You will also be encouraged to complete your Mandatory training via E-learning before you commence into post.

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If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

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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