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Peer Support Workers

Peer Support Worker posts offer a unique and exciting development addition to the workforce. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, Peer Support Workers are paid members of staff who support people who are in contact with mental health services.

Peer support is built on the principles of inspiring hope, helping people to make meaningful life choices and supporting people to take control of their own recovery. The clear distinction between Peer Support Workers and other roles is the requirement of post holders to explicitly draw on and share their own experiences of emotional distress and of using mental health services. This enables Peer Support Workers to act as role models showing others that recovery
is possible and to both support and inform others who are in similar situations. The relationship between the Peer Support Worker and the people they are supporting is based on mutual respect, collaboration as equals and a shared
understanding.

When Peer Support Workers take up a post in CNWL, they will undertake the Peer Support training course. This is a 10 day accredited course which will equip Peer Support Workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of the role.

What skills and experience do I need for the job?

You need to have lived experience of mental health challenges and to have personally accessed secondary mental health services; be willing to positively share your life experiences to foster hope and inspire others; to have developed plans for managing your own recovery; to have work experience in a related health or social care setting (paid or unpaid); to be able to work effectively as part of a team; and to have good reading and writing skills.

Peer Support Worker posts will be advertised on the national NHS website www.jobs.nhs.uk. If you are interested to know when further vacancies become available you can register with the site, and receive email alerts of current vacancies.

The UEP - User Employment programme are available to assist with filling in online job application forms and interview preparation when applying for posts in CNWL. Please contact Julie Pearson by email juliepearson2@nhs.net.

If you would like to know more about the role of Peer Support Workers you can contact Debbie Lane Stott (Peer Support Manager) on the phone number and email
address shown below.

Address:
Latimer House, 40 - 48 Hanson Street, London, W1W 6UL
Telephone:
07718 668 799
Sector:
Public