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Job Summary

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of an established, dynamic and friendly perinatal community mental health service. We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual who would be committed to working within a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to support the recovery of the families who are being cared for in this context.

You must have your own personal lived experience of recovery from perinatal mental health difficulties and including having experienced care within a Perinatal Mental Health Service or an Adult Mental Health Service for perinatal mental health, and have some experience of working in a related health or social care field. We are looking for people who are willing to positively share their personal experiences with others in order to support clients in their journey of recovery. You will be responsible for working with individuals to identify personal recovery goals as identified in care plans / health and wellbeing plans, assisting with groups as well as case specific 1:1 work and supporting service users to navigate through their care pathway and towards their own aspirations of a meaningful recovery.

Main duties of the job

The role of Perinatal Peer Support Worker (Perinatal PSW) has been developed specifically for people who have lived experience of recovery from perinatal mental health challenges. In the context of

Perinatal Mental Health Services, post holders will have experienced recovery from perinatal mental health challenges and accessed support through a perinatal mental health service in relation to this. Through sharing wisdom from their own experiences, Perinatal Peer Support Workers inspire hope and belief that recovery is possible in others.

Using recovery principles and socially inclusive practice, the post-holder will support service users in their personal recovery journeys through the Perinatal Mental Health Service. This means providing peer support for mums who experience similar mental health and social needs during the perinatal period. They will foster a relationship of mutuality and information sharing, to promote choice, self-determination, opportunities and hope. They will raise awareness about local resources and opportunities that may assist people in maintaining their recovery. They will encourage and support service users to use community and children’s resources that are available to them, and support the Perinatal Service with developing links with these resources. They will act as an advocate for recovery within the team and an ambassador for recovery for the Trust and with partner agencies.

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Across the whole of the region we provide:

  • Adult and older adult mental health services.
  • Specialist learning disability services.
  • Mental health services for children and young people.
  • Community healthcare services for children, young people and families in Dudley.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

Job description

Job responsibilities

By using your own experience of secondary mental health services, you will be supporting people who are accessing these services. You will be a positive role model helping to understand, inspire, motivate, guide and support our people to engage with services and work on their recovery. You will evidence and show visible recovery; showing that change is possible and giving a strong message of hope. You will offer emotional and practical support to the people we are supporting by using your own lived experience, helping people move to a positive future.

The ideal people will work side by side and assist dynamic multidisciplinary teams of workers providing support to members of the local community. This is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills in a supportive environment as you will work alongside experienced senior staff and will receive regular supervision within the service. There will be a range of internal and external training opportunities. You will be in a position to develop the role and be a part of a service undergoing exciting organisational change. These posts are a first for our service and you will be very welcome.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential

  • Relevant level 3 qualification in Health and Social care and / or relevant experience
  • Good level of secondary education to GCSE level i.e Maths and English or equivalent and to be able to demonstrate good numeracy and literacy skills

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

Closing Date: 11 June 2024

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