i have some awesome news this morning. i am going to be applying for a job! its a job to work as a peer support worker for the local community mental health team. this is right up my street and something i am passionate about! there are full time and part time positions available. I only want to go part time though. i have a week to turn in my application. last night i emailed the person who is dealing with queries. i wanted to find out if the interviewing panel would have access to my mental health notes. i also wanted to find out if it came to be that someone on the interview panel knew me or had worked with me in the past, how would that be handled. i am awaiting his response still. everyone is telling me to go for this though. eileen and i had a really good discussion last night about it. she said she feels i’d be really good at the job and very capable. that was so validating to hear her say that. she didnt think my past history of being in the mental health services would go against me, as this job is specifically for service users. what i’d be doing in the role is facilitating groups for other service users, along with other tasks. i’ll put the description of the job role below. i hope i can get this job! i’d be thrilled if i did. its a payed position and is pensionable too meaning if i was there longterm i’d get a pension when i retire. its through the HSE which is our local health service. so yeah, a great opportunity. Wish me luck.
Ok its not letting me put the description of the job here so if anyone wants to read it let me know and I’ll send it to you via email. Its really interesting.
The Peer Support Worker will be a full and integral member of the multi disciplinary team, providing formalised peer support and practical assistance to service users in helping them to regain control over their lives and their own unique Recovery Journey.
The Peer Support Worker will use their expertise gained through lived experience to inspire hope and recovery. They will facilitate and support information sharing to promote choice, self determination and opportunities for connection with local communities.
As a core member of the multi-disciplinary team, the Peer Support Worker will work alongside an agreed number of service users on a one to one and / or group basis. They will also co-work with their colleagues and will work under the supervision of line management.
The Peer Support Worker will take a lead role in embedding recovery values within the service in which they work, alongside other Recovery Champions and act as an ambassador for Recovery for the HSE with external agencies and organisations.
Under the direction of the nominated line manager the Peer Support Worker will:
Work with the multi-disciplinary team to deliver support to those individuals accessing the service.
Manage a case load in conjunction and in line with the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) case load review practices.
Assume a coaching role supporting service users in developing personal recovery plans; this can be delivered individually or in groups.
Assist service users to identify their strengths, personal interests and goals.
Provide opportunities for service users to direct their own recovery based on the recovery principles of hope, control and opportunity.
Facilitate the individual to identify solutions, set goals, plan and move through and beyond the service.
Model/mentor a recovery process and demonstrate coping skills, using own experience of recovery.
Act as a role model to service users to inspire hope and share experience as a person in recovery.
Contribute, as appropriate, from a recovery perspective to the assessment, planning, implementation and review of care with the multi-disciplinary team.
Work together in a solution focused way with the service user and their carers or named person, encouraging and motivating individuals to take an active role in their own recovery including goal planning, in line with agreed care plans.
Provide service users with appropriate support and guidance in the management of their mental health; monitoring progress and feeding back to the multi-disciplinary team.
Promote and support independent living for service users, involvement in their local community and connections with family, friends and significant others.
Help prepare and accompany service users to appointments, therapeutic or social community based activities as appropriate.
Assist the service user to understand their rights and choices within the service and the supports available to access these.
Notify the Team Leader or their link person of any change in the service users circumstances and maintain all written records as instructed.
Report any untoward incidents, complaints or unusual occurrences to their Team Leader / Supervisor.
Plan and risk-assess with his/her team or line manager to work without close or direct supervision, in line with the local Lone Worker Policy and Procedures.
Participate in regular supervision sessions and work with Supervisor on ensuring that clients progress is relevant to their individual needs in line with agreed care plans.
Attend regular team and staff meetings.
Liaise with Team Leader / Supervisor regarding leave entitlements and adhere to HSE policies and procedures.
Promote equality of opportunity and good relations as outlined in the HSE Equality Policy.
Be aware of the Human Rights legislation in relation to the requirements of this post.
Have a working knowledge of HIQA standards as they apply to the role, for example Standards for Health Care, National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Health Care Associated Infections, Hygiene Standards etc
Observe all health & safety regulations, observe correct use of electrical equipment, ensure fire safety procedures are adhered to and report all faults to the appropriate authority.
Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.