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Peer Educator (National Forensic Mental Health Services)


Please quote reference number 2021-015 when applying for this position. 

Job Title and Grade: Peer Educator National Forensic Mental Health Services – Part Time (4 days per week) Position
Specific Purpose Contract 24 months, may be extended subject to funding.
Closing Date: Thursday 6th May 4pm (Applications received after this time will not be considered)
Proposed Interview Date (s): Week commencing May 17th 2021. Taking up Appointment As agreed post interview
Organisational Area: Employed by Mental Health Ireland in partnership with National Forensic Mental Health service (NFMHS).
Location of Post: Initially based in the NFMHS, Central Mental Hospital Dundrum Campus. Moving to the NFMHS new Portrane Campus in the coming months. This post covers recovery education service development and delivery within the NFMHS. A panel may be created in the event that future posts arise. Informal Enquiries Can be made to Emily Jones –
Details of Service: The National Forensic Mental Health Service (NFMHS) is a national tertiary mental health service and an integral part of the Health Service Executive’s Mental Health Division. The NFMHS is the only forensic mental health service for the population of Ireland. It works with local mental health services and prisons in every part of the country. Psychosocial treatment programmes are provided in accordance with a specialised model of care in order to optimise recovery. For further details of the NFMHS please see link: The NFMHS is working towards implementing the principles outlined in the HSE National Framework for Recovery Mental Health (2018-2020), Sharing the Vision and Living Life Well / Goal 5 of Mental Health Irelands strategy – Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions (2019 – 2021). The NFMHS has recently been successful in obtaining funding through the Service Reform Fund (SRF) to develop services particularly in the areas of Advancing Recovery Practice, Education and Employment. As part of the development of recovery services, the NFMHS will work in partnership with key community agencies to achieve the outcomes identified in the SRF proposal And the service partners with Mental Health Ireland to deliver the advancing recovery in Ireland peer education service. This programme will promote co-development, co-production and co-delivery of education programmes that are designed to enhance the health and well-being of all stakeholders. These programmes will typically be delivered in the Evolve Recovery College at the NFMHS. Integral to the service is the development and delivery of educational material that enables a range of service users, family members, and staff to avail of an educational approach to recovery.
Reporting Relationship: Reporting relationship with Mental Health Ireland from an employment contact perspective. Working relationships with NFMHS in terms of supervision and operational management. Day to day support from the Recovery Coordinator within the NFMHS.
Purpose of the Post: To manage, develop and deliver the recovery education service in accordance with the National Forensic Mental Health Services Recovery Education Plan. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Peer Recovery Educator will work with the Recovery Education Implementation Group to deliver on key milestones identified in the aims and objectives of the service.
  • To work collaboratively to ensure the success of the recovery education
  • To coproduce a series of recovery education modules.
  • To embed recovery values in all educational resources developed from the perspective of lived experience.
  • To establish a protocol for the support and mentoring of recovery education facilitators.
  • To lead on the design and implementation of co-production and co-presentation strategies for all recovery education modules developed under the project.
  • To faciliatate and co-facilitate recovery education modules.
  • To encourage and motivate recovery education facilitators from among servicer user and family member stakeholder groups.
  • To identify training needs of potential co facilitators and co ordinate the delivery of training accordingly.
  • To attend meetings as appropriate.
  • To build supportive relationships with service users, family members and staff working collaboratively with the project.
  • To be flexible regarding working hours in line with the needs of the project
  • To maintain an accurate record of activity of the Recovery Education team and to ensure that each element of the project is evaluated in a meaningful way
    The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently. The post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Eligibility Criteria
Qualifications and/ or experience

  • The successful candidate will have a strong and demonstrable commitment to recovery informed by lived mental health experience.
  • A relevant qualification in education, training, development, facilitation, coaching, mentoring or proven relevant experience.
  • At least two years of experience working in a mental health or community development field.
  • Experience of active involvement in mental health recovery education.
  • Strong and demonstrable experience of group facilitation or similar engagement processes with service users and family members as relevant to this role.


  • Experience of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders as relevant to this role.
  • Previous experience in service development initiatives.
  • Experience of online facilitation.
  • Proven voluntary/paid experience of project management and community development initiatives.
  • Insight and awareness of issues relating to Forensic Mental Health Services especially as relevant to recovery processes and approaches in this area.

Other requirements specific to the post:

  • Garda clearance.
  • Appropriate references.Skills, competencies and/or knowledge
    Professional Knowledge
  • An excellent understanding of recovery in mental health.
  • An understanding of the role of education in mental health recovery.
  • An understanding of approaches to adult education and training.


  • Experience of coproduction, training design and producing resource materials.
  • Experience of facilitation and cofacilitation of training.
  • Strong and demonstrable experience of group facilitation or similar engagement processes with service users and family members as relevant to this role.
  • Ability to lead and support a team of facilitators.
  • Ability to use lived experience in delivery of recovery education
  • Good administration skills.
  • Experience of using online platforms
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team.
  • IT Skills.

Planning and Organising

  • Possess the necessary organizational and planning skills to ensure available sources are optimized in achieving the aims of the project.
  • Good organizational and planning skills.
  • Capacity to work on own initiative and seek support as required.
  • Confidence and competence in public speaking.
  • Ability to strategise, prioritise and schedule activities to ensure achievement of project objectives in the short and long term.
  • Demonstrate excellent administrative ability.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Project management experience.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.Ability to foster positive working relationships with stakeholder groups and partner organisations.
  • Effective presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Motivation and an innovative approach to the job.
  • The ability to present information clearly, concisely and confidently when speaking and in writing tailoring to meet the needs of the audience.
  • The ability to interact in a professional manner with other staff and key stakeholders.

Commitment to a Quality Service

  • The ability to use a broad range of education techniques.
  • The ability to meaningfully evaluate the benefits of recovery education in mental health

Salary:  €26,702 on the basis of a four day week. Full time equivalent is €33,378 which is aligned with HSE Grade IV (April 2017) applied on a pro rata basis

Contract Length:  24 Month Specific Purpose Contract

Annual Leave: Annual leave 26 days pro rata

Working Week: 29.6 hours (Full time equivalent is 37hours)

Short Listing Applicants will be short listed for interview based on the information supplied on their CV and cover 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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