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Position title: x6 Part-time Family Peer Support Workers (12 month fixed term contract)

Reference: Please use reference number 2020-010 in your application for the position. Please send CV and Cover Letter to recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie 

Informal enquiries: Community Healthcare West, Donal Hoban, Service Reform Manager. Ph: 086 8255441. E: donal.hoban@hse.ie

Location of Post: Community Healthcare West, Mental Health Services, Galway, Mayo & Roscommon

Reporting relationship: The post holder will report directly to nominated line managers in CHW mental health services

Details of service: Community Healthcare West, mental health services provide a secondary mental health service to adults in Galway Mayo & Roscommon. Services are primarily community oriented and recovery focussed with multi-disciplinary community mental health teams working in defined geographical catchment areas. Specialist teams provide a multi-disciplinary service in Mental Health & Intellectual Disability, Psychiatry of Later Life and Rehabilitation and Recovery. A family peer support service supports family members to deal constructively with the challenge of mental distress in an innovative way using Family Peer Support work which harnesses the value of lived experience. This innovative service aims to support family members / friends to look after their own wellbeing in order to ensure that they are in a good place to support their loved one’s recovery. Objectives of Family Peer Support Service are: 

  • Provide a one to one family peer support service where family members whose relatives attend CHW mental health services. Families can self-refer for support or be referred by the CMHT with the service user’s consent.
  • Building capacity and a network of social support by providing opportunities for families to meet and support each other through wellness days, workshops and group work.
  • Promoting organisational change and recovery within HSE Mental Health services.
  • To provide Behavioral Family Therapy: co facilitated by clinical staff and a relative with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Purpose of the post: CHO 2 is partnering with Mental Health Ireland to develop, deliver Family Peer Support services. The post is guided by the National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health (2018-2020) and is in line with Living Life Well / Goal 5 of Mental Health Irelands strategy – Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions (2019 – 2021). The family peer worker will be situated in the mental health service liaising when appropriate with the Community Mental Health Teams. The family peer will use their expertise gained through lived experience to inspire hope and recovery. A core member of the mental health service, the family peer will work alongside an agreed number of family members on a one to one or group basis. They will also co work with their colleagues and will work under the supervision of line management. The role of the family peer has been developed to support family members/ significant others who have a loved one experiencing mental distress. The family peer worker will inspire hope and belief that recovery is possible for all the family. They will do this by sharing the insights they have learned from their experience of coping with mental distress in their own family and from skills they have learned from further training as family peer workers. The family peer will also assist families to learn communication and problem solving skills so that they can better support and listen to each other’s experience as well as support family members to develop wellness plans. The family peer will also build on the capacity of family members by linking them with others families in a similar situation and by advising them of community supports and useful sources of information so that they can better understand and support their family member’s mental health difficulty. The family peer will take a lead role in promoting the importance of a family friendly service within Mental Health services. They will do this by promoting recovery and family friendly values within the service in which they work and the wider HSE through participation on policy and other service reform initiatives.

Principles duties & responsibilities: 

Under the direction of the nominated line manager the Family Peer will:

  • Build supportive and respectful relationships with families.
  • Encourage families to focus on their own wellness.
  • Act as a role model to Family members to inspire hope and share experience as a family member in recovery.
  • Assist family members to identify their needs strengths, personal interests and goals.
  • Facilitate family members to learn new ways of communicating and problem solving.
  • Assume a ‘coaching’ role supporting Family members in developing personal recovery plans; this can be delivered individually or in groups.
  • Provide opportunities for Family members to direct their own recovery based on the recovery principles of ‘hope’, ‘control’ and opportunity.
  • Provide relevant and reliable information on a wide range of mental health related issues relevant to family’s needs.
  • Signpost families to appropriate local support and information services in the community.
  • Assist Family members to understand their rights and choices within the service and the supports available to access these.
  • In consultation with the Senior Social Worker\Line Manager, liaise with statutory bodies, services and professionals as appropriate.
  • Manage a case load in conjunction and in line with the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) case load review practices.
  • Maintain all written records as per MMHS\HSE policies and relevant legislation.
  • Report any untoward incidents, complaints or unusual occurrences to their Team Leader / Supervisor as per HSE policies.
  • 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 client’s 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 Judgement support framework and the Mental Health Commission 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.

The Person:

Candidates must have by the closing date for receipt of applications for this post:

Professional Qualifications, Experience etc.

Personal experience of mental health difficulties in one’s family or close relationship including insight into the Family recovery process AND Experience of working (paid or voluntary) with individuals or families with mental health challenges AND/OR Hold a recognised training in Behavioral Family Therapy or the Meriden Caring for Carers training OR Have obtained Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics AND English or Irish from the approved list of subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent.

Post Specific Requirements:

  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience working with family members with mental health difficulty as relevant to the role.
  • Demonstrate experience in the implementation of self-care frameworks and approaches in the context of mental health recovery, as relevant to the role.

Other requirements: 

  • Post holders must be willing to complete specified training, and to continually develop the Family Peer Support Worker role.
  • Access to appropriate personal transport is a necessary requirement in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this post.
  • Ability to work a flexible pattern, which may include evenings, weekends, bank and public holidays.

Skills, Competencies and/or Knowledge: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of family recovery and what that entails
  • Demonstrate insight and understanding of the recovery process and what that may entail for individual service users.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic structure of the Community Mental Health Team.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the HSE Mental Health Services and organisational reform and change.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Irish Government’s mental health policy “A Vision for Change” and the HSE’s National Framework for Recovery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of family recovery as a process and how to use their own recovery story to support others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of self-care and associated techniques, from a recovery perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience of delivering a variety of group activities that support and strengthen Family recovery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Service User Safety including learning from mistakes /errors as well as developing a culture of safety, monitoring and assurance.
  • Demonstrate some knowledge of current best practice in mental health recovery and social inclusion.
  • Demonstrate basic working knowledge of Information Technology.

Planning & Organising Skills

  • Demonstrate organisational and time management skills to meet objectives within agreed timeframes and achieve quality results
  • Demonstrate the ability to work to tight deadlines and operate effectively with multiple competing priorities.

Evaluating Information and Decision Making

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate complex information from a variety of sources and make effective decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and decision making skills.

 Leadership & Teamwork

  • Demonstrate teamwork skills including the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrate a capacity to operate successfully in a challenging operational environment while adhering to quality standards.
  • Demonstrate motivation and an innovative approach to the job within a changing working environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate and manage groups through the learning process and the ability to give constructive feedback to encourage learning.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and initiative skills including the ability to adapt to change.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a lone worker, in a range of settings and as appropriate.

Commitment to Providing a Quality Service

  • Demonstrate a client/user focus in the delivery of services.
  • Demonstrate a core belief in and passion for the sustainable delivery of high quality user focused services.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to recovery focused community development principles and practices.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development.

 Communication & Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills; including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrate ability to form peer relationships with service users and family members.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact in a professional manner with other Mental Health staff and other key stakeholders.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Tenure: 12 months fixed term contract (part time roles)
  • Salary: In Line with Family Support Worker – C. 30K (pro rata)
  • Annual Leave: 26 Days
  • Probation: 3 months
  • Working week: 37 hours excluding lunch

Closing Date: Thursday, 23rd April, 5:00pm. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted. Interview date tbc.

Applicants will be short listed for interview based on the information supplied on their CV and letter of application at the closing date. Criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the post specific requirements, duties, skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.

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Position title: x2 Part-time positions, Bealach Nua, Mayo Mental Health Services  Family Peer Support Workers

Reference: Please use reference number 2020-011 in your application for the position. Please send CV and Cover Letter to recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie

Informal Enquiries: Community Healthcare West, Donal Hoban, Service Reform Manager. Ph: 086 8255441. Email: donal.hoban@hse.ie

Location of the Post: Community Healthcare West, Mental Health Services, Galway , Mayo & Roscommon

Reporting relationship: The post holder will report directly to nominated line managers in CHW mental health services

Details of the service: Community Healthcare West, mental health services provides a secondary mental health service to adults in Galway Mayo & Roscommon. Services are primarily community oriented and recovery focussed with multi-disciplinary community mental health teams working in defined geographical catchment areas. Specialist teams provide a multi-disciplinary service in Mental Health & Intellectual Disability, Psychiatry of Later Life and Rehabilitation and Recovery. A family peer support service supports family members to deal constructively with the challenge of mental distress in an innovative way using Family Peer Support work which harnesses the value of lived experience. This innovative service aims to support family members / friends to look after their own wellbeing in order to ensure that they are in a good place to support their loved one’s recovery. Objectives of Family Peer Support services are: 

  • Provide a one to one family peer support service where family members whose relatives attend CHW mental health services.
  • Families can self-refer to the service Building capacity and a network of social support by providing opportunities for families to meet and support each other through wellness days, workshops and group work.
  • Promoting organisational change and recovery within HSE Mental Health services.
  • To provide Behavioral Family Therapy: co facilitated by clinical staff and a relative with lived experience.

Purpose of the post: CHO 2 is partnering with Mental Health Ireland to develop, deliver Family Peer Support services. The post is guided by the National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health (2018-2020) and is in line with Living Life Well / Goal 5 of Mental Health Irelands strategy – Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions (2019 – 2021). The family peer worker will be situated in the mental health service liaising when appropriate with the Community Mental Health Teams. The family peer will use their expertise gained through lived experience to inspire hope and recovery. A core member of the mental health service, the family peer will work alongside an agreed number of family members on a one to one or group basis. They will also co work with their colleagues and will work under the supervision of line management. The role of the family peer worker has been developed to support family members/ significant others who have a loved one experiencing mental distress. The family peer worker will inspire hope and belief that recovery is possible for all the family. They will do this by sharing the insights they have learned from their experience of coping with mental distress in their own family and from skills they have learned from further training as family peer supporters. The family peer will also support families to enhance communication and problem solving skills so that they can better support and listen to each other’s experience as well as support family members to develop wellness plans. The family peer worker will also build on the capacity of family members by linking them with others families in a similar situation and by advising them of community supports and useful sources of information so that they can better understand and support their family member’s mental health difficulty. The family peer will take a lead role in promoting the importance of a family friendly service within Mental Health services. They will do this by promoting recovery and family friendly values within the service in which they work and the wider HSE through participation on policy and other service reform initiatives.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities: 

Under the direction of the nominated line manager the Family Peer will:

  • Build supportive and respectful relationships with families.
  • Encourage families to focus on their own wellness.
  • Act as a role model to Family members to inspire hope and share experience as a family member in recovery.
  • Assist family members to identify their needs strengths, personal interests and goals.
  • Facilitate family members to learn new ways of communicating and problem solving.
  • Assume a ‘coaching’ role supporting Family members in developing personal recovery plans.
  • Provide opportunities for Family members to direct their own recovery based on the recovery principles of ‘hope’, ‘control’ and opportunity.
  • Provide relevant and reliable information on a wide range of mental health related issues relevant to family’s needs.
  • Signpost families to appropriate local support and information services in the community.
  • Assist Family members to understand their rights and choices within the service and the supports available to access these.
  • Liaise and co-operate with colleagues within Bealach Nua and Mayo Mental Health Services and wider Community Healthcare West area.
  • In consultation with the Senior Social Worker\Line Manager, liaise with statutory bodies, services and professionals as appropriate.
  • Manage a case load in conjunction and in line with the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) case load review practices.
  • Maintain all written records as per MMHS\HSE policies and relevant legislation.
  • Report any untoward incidents, complaints or unusual occurrences to their Team Leader / Supervisor as per HSE policies.
  • 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 client’s 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 Judgement support framework and the Mental Health Commission 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.

The Person

Qualifications and/ or Experience

Candidates must have by the closing date for receipt of applications for this post:

Professional Qualifications, Experience etc.

Personal experience of mental health difficulties in one’s family or close relationship including insight into the Family recovery process And Experience of working (paid or voluntary) with individuals or families with mental health needs And/Or Hold a recognised training in Behavioral Family Therapy or the Meriden Caring for Carers training Or Have obtained Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and Grade D3 in four Ordinary or Higher Level subjects including Mathematics AND English or Irish from the approved list of subjects in the Department of Education & Skills Leaving Certificate Examination or equivalent

Post Specific Requirements

  • Demonstrate depth and breadth of experience working with family members with mental health difficulty as relevant to the role.
  • Demonstrate experience in the implementation of self-care frameworks and approaches in the context of mental health recovery, as relevant to the role

Other requirements 

  • Post holders must be willing to complete specified training, and to continually develop the Family Peer Support Worker role.
  • Access to appropriate personal transport is a necessary requirement in order to carry out the duties and responsibilities of this post.
  • Ability to work a flexible pattern, which may include evenings, weekends, bank and public holidays.

Skills, Competencies and / or Knowledge

Professional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate an understanding of family recovery and what that entails
  • Demonstrate insight and understanding of the recovery process and what that may entail for individual service users.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic structure of the Community Mental Health Team.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the HSE Mental Health Services and organisational reform and change.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Irish Government’s mental health policy “A Vision for Change” and the HSE’s National Framework for Recovery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of family recovery as a process and how to use their own recovery story to support others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of self-care and associated techniques, from a recovery perspective.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience of delivering a variety of group activities that support and strengthen Family recovery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current best practice in mental health recovery and social inclusion.
  • Demonstrate basic working knowledge of Information Technology.

Planning & Organising Skills

  • Demonstrate organisational and time management skills to meet objectives within agreed timeframes and achieve quality results
  • Demonstrate the ability to work to tight deadlines and operate effectively with multiple competing priorities.

Evaluating Information and Decision Making

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate complex information from a variety of sources and make effective decisions.
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and decision making skills.

Leadership & Teamwork

  • Demonstrate a capacity to operate successfully in a challenging operational environment while adhering to quality standards.
  • Demonstrate motivation and an innovative approach to the job within a changing working environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate and manage groups through the learning process and the ability to give constructive feedback to encourage learning.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and initiative skills including the ability to adapt to change.
  • Demonstrate teamwork skills including the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to work as a lone worker, in a range of settings and as appropriate.

Commitment to Providing a Quality Service

  • Demonstrate a client/user focus in the delivery of services.
  • Demonstrate a core belief in and passion for the sustainable delivery of high quality user focused services.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to recovery focused community development principles and practices.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development.

Communication & Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills; including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Demonstrate ability to form peer relationships with service users and family members.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact in a professional manner with other Mental Health staff and other key stakeholders.

Conditions of Employment

  • Tenure: 24 months initial contract (part time roles)
  • Salary: In Line with Family Support Worker – C. 30K (pro rata)
  • Annual Leave: 26 days
  • Probation: 6 months
  • Working week: 37 hours excluding lunch

Competition specific selection process: Applicants will be short listed for interview based on the information supplied on their CV and letter of application at the closing date. Criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the post specific requirements, duties, skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification.

Closing Date: Thursday 23rd April 2020 at 5:00pm. (Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted).

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