Peer Support Worker

Posted 16 September by NHS Business Services Authority

About Sussex Liaison and Diversion

The Sussex Liaison and Diversion service (SL&D) operates in East Sussex, West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove providing screening, assessment, and supported referrals for people in the criminal justice system who may be experiencing a wide range of health and social vulnerabilities (for example: mental health difficulties, drug and alcohol problems, surviving abuse or domestic violence, housing or homelessness needs, physical disability or impairment, and so on). The team works closely with Sussex Police and is based mainly in police custody suites across the area, as well as working with the Courts, the National Probation Service, and in community locations.

SL&D is looking for a person who has lived experience of the criminal justice system (they will have experience of being arrested, being before the court, or being in prison or on probation in the past) as well as lived experience of one or more health or social vulnerability. The person will bring their knowledge, experience, and voice to the team's work.

About the role:

This Peer Support Worker role is based at Eastbourne Police Custody suite, but will include working with service users in the community. The role involves travelling independently and promptly around the area, and will involve safely implementing the Trust's lone working policies.

You will spend about half of your time in the police custody suite, and the other half of your time working in the community. When in police custody you will use your strong communication skills to support the team with assessments. Appropriately and openly using your personal experience of vulnerability and of being in police custody may make all the difference to how someone engages with the service.

You will also take referrals for community follow-up from the Eastbourne custody team; you may well have met and connected with some of the people referred to you whilst working in police custody. You will provide short-term (6-8 week) community follow-up. This will include working under the guidance of the STR worker and the liaison and diversion practitioner to develop and deliver appropriate support plans. Plans will typically include helping people to engage with other community services, including local social care agencies, charities and voluntary agencies, and primary care GP services. You may also support people to make sure they attend court and get the best possible outcome from the justice system.

You will need to be well organised, able to record your work, and be confident using (or learning to use) common office software packages. You will establish and maintain positive working relationships with your NHS and Sussex Police colleagues, as well as establishing an awareness of Local Authority, third-sector, and other support agencies in your geographical area to support onward referrals.

As part of a trial of Peer Support in Sussex Police custody, this role is part time and for a fixed term of 6 months. This may be extended if successful.

Support:

As a Peer Support Worker you will be managed by an experienced liaison and diversion practitioner and will often work alongside and have additional support from an STR worker. You will have access to peer group supervision, training, and ongoing development opportunities in the Trust, which is strongly committed to developing Peer Support roles at all levels.

Peer Support work can be demanding. You will need to be confident in talking safely and appropriately about your own experience, sensitively using this to help others and the service move forward. You will be supported in this with a comprehensive local service induction, training, individual supervision, and team reflective practice.

Pre-employment vetting:

This post is subject to additional vetting by Sussex Police at NPPV L2 (abbreviated). Sussex Police are supportive of this post and the potential positive impact of Peer Support Workers. It will, however, be helpful to be open about your experiences of arrest and any convictions at an early stage in recruitment in order to avoid delays to employment processes.

Further information:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic interviews for this post will be held remotely via Skype or similar.

For further information, or an informal discussion, please contact Clinical Nurse Specialist Michelle Hall on mobile: , or email: michelle.hall@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk

Reference: 40883783

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