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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/02/2020.

Carer's Peer Support Worker

Job Reference: 348-SW-171B

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Perinatal Community Team - MH
Melbury Lodge, Winchester
£18,813 to £20,795 Per Annum

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

Are you passionate about perinatal mental health services?  Have you got lived experience of caring for a friend or family member experiencing mental distress? If so, we would love to hear from you!

We are currently recruiting a Carer’s Peer Support Worker for our Perinatal Community Team which is based at Melbury Lodge, Winchester.

The Community perinatal mental health service work with women across Hampshire, Farnham and the Isle of Wight – delivering specialised care for women experiencing severe mental health difficulties in the antenatal and postnatal period.

This role has been developed specifically for people who have lived experience of caring/supporting a family member experiencing mental distress, ideally in the perinatal stages although this is not essential. 

The individual will inspire hope and belief from their own experiences that recovery is possible for others, and work collaboratively aiming to assist in improving the wellbeing of families and carers of people who use the perinatal service.

The perinatal service has identified that when women are experiencing significant mental health difficulties in the antenatal and/or the postnatal period this can have profound effect on the family members around them. Often families have understandably anticipated/expected a time of joy and celebration at welcoming a new baby to the family – changes to a women’s mental health in this period can be a great shock to a partner or relative and leave them feeling isolated or unsure about how best to help their loved ones. They might often be juggling many competing demands leading to their own mental health being compromised.

We are looking for a Carers Peer Support Worker to help guide and support carers/families through this challenging period. You will help families by providing support to access wider carers groups/ perinatal support networks, help families understand the care and treatment that will be offered to the women under the service and identify any unmet needs of the families; developing individualised support plans for them. You will also represent carers/family members at leadership/multidisciplinary meetings to ensure their voice and needs are heard.

This is an exciting new role and if you would like to find out more or visit the team then please contact the Perinatal Community Team Leaders on 01962 897780.

Happy to Talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible and part time working will be considered.

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