Search

East London Trust appeals for mental health support workers

11:07 15 April 2014

If you have experience of both mental ill-health and personal recovery, then East London NHS Foundation Trust wants to hear from you.

The Trust is looking to recruit a new group of Peer Support Workers to provide one-to-one emotional and practical support to service users both on in-patient mental health wards and in the community.

They will provide support, social contact and encouragement from someone who truly understands the challenges faced by users of mental health services.

A Peer Support Worker is like a buddy who can help someone to explore what’s going on in their local area or give them an extra boost of confidence by accompanying them to appointments or supporting them as they try new activities. Just meeting for a coffee and a catch-up may be the thing that helps the peer move forward in their recovery.

Potential Peer Support Workers must have direct lived experience of both mental ill-health and personal recovery. The role calls for excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a willingness to safely share lived experience, as well as an ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Successful recruits will undertake City & Guilds accredited peer support training which will equip them with the skills required to effectively carry out the role.

Peer Support Workers are trained to work with service users to problem solve. They are not there to tell the service user what to do or to make decisions for them. Instead there is an emphasis on talking through problems and encouraging the service user to explore his or her options for change.

If you are interested, contact Susan Henry at 0208 510 8630 or email susan.henry@eastlondon.nhs.uk

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:39
Egita Galvona has set up a sewing class workshop in Stratford

A clothes-making mum has set up her own sewing workshop to give others the freedom to create their own threads.

Newham College
Yesterday, 16:09
Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Yesterday, 12:00
The Scrabble Champions tournament is taking place at the ExCel

For many people, Scrabble is a game that only gets played with the family when you’re full of roast turkey and trimmings.

London
Yesterday, 11:30
Recycling rates in Newham are the lowest in the capital

Recycling rates in Newham are the worst in the capital, according to new data released today by the London Assembly,

London

Most read news

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition