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NHS AfC: Band 3
Permanent: flexible over sites.
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (flexible over sites)
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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust
Employer type
Greencoat House
£22,816 - £24,336 per annum
Salary period
11/06/2023 23:59

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Sussex Partnership NHS FoundationTrust logo

iRock Peer Support Worker

NHS AfC: Band 3

Welcome from our Chief Executive

Our organisation is expanding and we're looking for people with the right values, skills and/or potential to join us. We need people with energy, expertise, enthusiasm to help us provide the very best possible specialist NHS mental health and learning disability care. This involves helping us achieve our strategy to improve the quality of life for the communities we serve through People, Prevention and Partnerships.

So what can we offer you in return?

We're an organisation which puts people first. We'll do everything possible to help you feel respected, valued and included. We'll help you learn, acquire new skills and gain further experience to support your career development. And we'll provide the opportunity for you to bring your fresh ideas to work about how we can do things differently and continue improving.

You will also be joining a health and care system committed to working together to do the best we can for the communities we serve. Above all, at Sussex Partnership you'll have the chance to make a difference to the lives of the patients, carers and families across our communities.

If you like the sound of that, then come and join our team.

Job overview

  • Providing support to young people during the opening hours of the project; either face to face, by videolink.
  • To support others who are overcoming mental health challenges in their journey to recovery and wellbeing
  • To plan, promote and deliver delegated activities in accordance with the service user’s needs to meet goals identified in the individual’s Plan

Main duties of the job

  • Peer Support workers engage with iRock service users to show empathy, share experience, inspire hope and promote recovery with the aim of assisting individuals to gain and maintain independence in the community
  • Peer Support Workers are part of the iRock drop in service for YP aged 14-25.. The role is to focus on the day-to-day holistic support needs of service users.  Self-managed care is essential to this: the supported person is encouraged to assess their own needs and to develop and implement a self-management plan
  • Peer Support is delivered through promoting empowerment and choice and giving the opportunity for the exploration of meaning and purpose
  • Supervision will be used to continuously reflect on, evaluate and develop peer approaches

Working for our organisation

  • We are looking for someone motivated and passionate about the welfare of young people in the locality.
  • We are a small team and offer a service over 3 sites: Newhaven, Hastings and Eastbourne. 
  • we are looking for people who are 'good with people', can work in a team and can meet demands of the service.
  • We work 1000-1800hs and are a friendly and motivated, if you feel you meet the bill please get in touch.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

·       To support individuals and groups using a Peer approach

·       To be a positive role model for other people overcoming mental health challenges, other workers and members of the public

·       To use parts of your recovery story to inspire hope in others where appropriate

·       To use appropriate skills in engaging with individuals with mental health challenges, eg asking open-ended questions, validating strengths and experiences and using empowering language to overcome negative self-talk

·       To support and enable individuals with mental health challenges to resolve conflicts and regain control, responsibility, hope and enjoyment based on the principles of peer supported recovery such as sharing your personal recovery story

·       To support service users in identifying both strengths and early signs of relapse.  To support service users in identifying possible triggers or causes of relapse

·       To provide support to individuals in gaining choice, developing and managing meaning and purpose of life and independence, and maintaining dignity and self respect

·       To support individuals in meeting holistic needs (education, welfare, employment, financial, leisure, housing, spiritual, etc) in partnership with other individuals, care team and agencies and within a recovery environment

·       To promote and make service users aware of personal strengths and social networks, and highlight their ability to engage with these

·       To deliver educational training to service users (as appropriate)

·       To engage actively in peer and professional supervision and apply the learning to working with clients of the service

·       To support access and facilitation of hospital based (inpatient roles only) activity sessions both on a one-to-one and group basis for service users

·       To ensure all service users are aware of activities which may be of benefit to them and how these can be accessed

·       To undertake any other such duties as may reasonably fall within the remit of the post, as required by the Manager/Supervisor


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with people with mental health needs in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties
  • Experience working as part of a team
  • Experience of being supervised
  • Lived experience of mental health issues/difficulties
  • Managing personal mental health and recovery
  • Knowledge of Peer Support, Recovery and Wellbeing in mental health and ability to apply this throughout your work

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodArmed Forces CovenantStep into health

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kirstie Stewart
Job title
iRock Team Lead
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Additional information

working hours 1000-1800hs