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Recruitment

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We currently have two positions open:

  1. Service Improvement Project Worker, Limerick
  2. Lead Peer Educator, Kilkenny

Position Title: Service Improvement Project Worker (Full Time)

Reports to: CEO Mental Health Ireland with supervision and operational management from Mid West Community Healthcare Mental Health Service Improvement Manager.

Location: St. Josephs Hospital Mulgrave St Limerick. This post covers service development across the Mid West geographical area. The successful candidate will be expected to travel as part of their core duties.

  1. Service Improvement Project Worker, Limerick

Mid West Community Healthcare Mental Health Service encompasses the counties of Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.

The service has an established Service Improvement Office working to develop services in the areas of Advancing Recovery Practice, Housing and Employment Supports.

In partnership with Mental Health Ireland, Mid West Mental Health Services is recruiting for a project worker to work with the team on this exciting and innovative programme of work.

Applicants will have a commitment to a community development approach, co-production and a recovery ethos. Eligible candidates will have relevant qualifications or a strong and demonstrable commitment to recovery informed by lived mental health experience; as well as relevant work experience.

This position is a 12 month specific contract post based in Limerick with travel across the Mid West region required.

Please forward a CV and covering letter of application to recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie 

Interviews will be held Mid-September 2019.

For further information contact Niamh Wallace/Jennifer Cronin on 061-461226 (9am – 5pm)

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 23rd August 2019. 

The Person

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate will have a relevant third level qualification

AND

The successful candidate will have at least two years experience working in a relevant field.

OR

The successful candidate will have a strong and demonstrable commitment to recovery informed by lived mental health experience.

The following is also required:

  • Experience of working in mental health services or other areas relevant to the role.
  • Experience of working in community development.
  • Experience of delivering change in a complex environment.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.

Desirable 

  • Experience of working in the area of housing/homelessness.
  • Experience of the area of employment for people with complex needs.
  • Experience of implementing change in an organisation.

Other Requirements 

  • Access to own transport ( Full clean driver licence)
  • Garda Clearance
  • Appropriate References

Professional Knowledge

  • A clear understanding of recovery in mental health.
    A clear understanding of the organisation of the Health Service and the Mental Health Service.
    A clear understanding of the role of the community and voluntary sector in mental health recovery.
  • An understanding of Project management.
  • An understanding of change management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and an email system such as Outlook or Lotus Notes.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team.
  • Capacity to work on own initiative and seek support as required.

Planning and Organising

  • Possess the necessary organizational and planning skills to ensure available resources are optimized in achieving the aims of Service Reform.
  • Good organizational and planning skills.
  • Ability to utilise project management approach.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Good IT skills

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships with stakeholder groups and partner organizations.
  • 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

  • Ensuring that all services delivered are person centred and recovery focused.
  • A commitment to recovery and community development principles and practices.
  • A commitment to meaningful evaluation of services.
  • A commitment to continuing professional development.

Main Responsibilities

  • To carry out duties as assigned by the Service Improvement Manager
  • To effectively work as part of a dynamic team.
  • Develop an implementation plan for each relevant pillar for the SRF proposal in accordance with key milestones to be reached in a specific timeframe in conjunction with the Service Improvement Manager.
  • To develop a communications plan to inform all relevant stakeholders of progress and milestones reached in conjunction with the Service Improvement Manager.
  • To assist each Service Improvement component steering group to reach their outcomes (i.e. community living, employment, advancing recovery practice).
  • To provide the necessary support to individuals or groups as they participate in or are affected by the reform effort.
  • Develop and implement evaluation mechanisms for service improvement.
  • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders to achieve outcomes.
  • Monitor and quality assure the service improvement process.
  • Provide regular reports to the Service Improvement Manager and assist in creating reports for the Area Management Team and the funding body.
  • To support the community living aspect of service improvement plan.
  • To support the employment aspect of service improvement plan.
  • To embed recovery values in the work of the service improvement team.
  • To attend meetings as appropriate and as agreed by the Service Improvement Manager.
  • To operate within all the policies and procedures and guidelines as stipulated by the HSE and its employing partner.
  • To be flexible regarding working hours in line with the requirement of the position at a given time.
  • Other duties as requested.

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.  

Conditions of employment

This position is a 12 month specific contract post based in Limerick with travel across the Mid West region required.

The salary for this position is €33,378 per annum.

Please forward a CV and covering letter of application to recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie 

Interviews will be held Mid-September 2019.

For further information contact Niamh Wallace/Jennifer Cronin on 061-461226 (9am – 5pm). Closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 23rd August 2019.

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.

Position Title: Lead Peer Educator

Reports to: Recovery College South East Co-ordinator

Location: Recovery College South East, Greenshill, Kilkenny

   2. Lead Peer Educator, Kilkenny

The South East Community Health Care Meath Mental Health Services is a service that covers the six counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

The service is largely comprised of Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) that aim to offer support to people and their supporters in their own home and approved centers that provide inpatient services. SECH is working towards implementing the principles outlined in the HSE National Framework for Recovery Mental Health (2018-2020).

Mental Health Services are in an on-going process of change, as part of this the concept of a whole service approach to co-produced recovery education has emerged, where the expert by experience and the expert by profession work together to develop educational based workshops that are interactive and are focused on recovery and wellness and are inclusive of all.

The Recovery College South East established in 2015, as part of and National initiative by mental health services to bring together people who provide our services, those who use them and their families and community supports, to work on how we make our mental health services more recovery focused. We promote a whole service wide approach to recovery education that will drive change by bringing together all stakeholders to create, develop and support non-stigmatising services and embed recovery principles and practise at every level of the development of the service.

The Recovery College works in partnership with Social inclusion and substance misuse, and the Voluntary organisations, South East Community Health Care, in collaboration with Mental Health Ireland is recruiting a Lead Peer Educator who will be based in Kilkenny and who will assist services in achieving targets set out in the HSE National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health (2018-2020). This is also in line with Living Life Well / Goal 5 of Mental Health Irelands strategy – Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions (2019 – 2021).

• A relevant qualification in a health, education, or related field from Level 6 on the QQI Framework, including knowledge of adult education principles.
• Demonstrate knowledge of recovery approach’s and philosophy in mental health and addiction challenges informed by personal lived experience.
• Evidence of training and experience in developing and delivering recovery education training programmes and workshops.
• A track record and demonstrable competence in the support and development of projects and new initiatives that promote recovery and positive mental health.
• Experience of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders as relevant to this role
• Experience of group facilitation training and /or education or similar engagement process with adult learners, service users and family members as relevant to this role.

This position is a full time 1 year fixed term contract (37 hours, excluding lunch) and the post will based in the Recovery College South East ,Greenshill, Kilkenny

Please forward a CV and covering letter of application to recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie

Interviews will be held on week beginning September 30th 2019. Shortlisting may apply.

Closing date for applications Wednesday September 4th 2019 at 5pm.

The Person

Eligibility criteria and qualifications

• A strong and demonstrable commitment to mental health and addiction recovery informed by personal lived experience.
• At least two years work experience in a relevant field.
• A relevant qualification in a health, education, or related field from Level 6 on the QQI Framework, including knowledge of adult education principles.
• Evidence and knowledge of recovery approaches and philosophy in mental health and addiction challenges.
• Evidence of training and experience in developing and delivering recovery education training programmes and workshops.
• Demonstrate knowledge of recovery approach’s and philosophy in mental health and addiction challenges.
• Experience of presenting and training.

Leadership and Management skills:

• Excellent project management skills with an ability to plan, prioritize, delegate, measure and oversee activities.
• Skills include; managing self and others, managing budgets, change management, problem solving, conflict resolution and supervision.
• Strong leadership skills and vision combined with energy, motivation and the ability to instil belief and desire for success in others.
• Ability to manage relationships and work in partnership with relevant stakeholders and funding bodies in accordance with the operational and development plans of the Recovery College South East.
• Working together in supportive manner to share tasks and information in the day to day running of the Recovery College South East.
• Demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with fellow colleagues and others within the organisation.
• Strive to achieve high standards in the completion of tasks and in approach to working with people.

Planning and organizing

• Possess the necessary organizational and planning skills to ensure available resources are optimised and health and social gains achieved for students.
• Demonstrate administrative ability incorporating an understanding of existing organizational structures and reporting relationships.

Communication, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills

• Ability to engage with a range of people from diverse backgrounds.
• Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to develop and maintain internal and external relationships and partnerships in pursuit of a strategic college vision.
• Demonstrate a warm, positive recovery focused attitude and manner.
• Ability to work independently and under pressure /resilience.
• Commitment to engage in ongoing reflective practise, guidance and mentoring as identified with the co-ordinator.

Knowledge / Competencies

• Demonstrates knowledge of recovery practises and philosophy in working with people with mental health and/or addiction challenges in line with the National Framework for Recovery in Mental Health (2018-2020) and in line with Living Life Well / Goal 5 of Mental Health Irelands strategy – Empowerment – from Ideas to Actions (2019 – 2021).
• Demonstrates experience of developing and managing health, business, education or community development projects and interventions.
• Demonstrates experience of working in a collaborative manner across multiple agencies/sectors.
• Demonstrates evidence of IT skills including word processing, spreadsheets, email and internet.
• Demonstrates experience of report writing and formal presentation.
• Demonstrates relevant experience and understanding of managing resources within a budget.
• Demonstrates experience of working with people in a health, education or community setting.
• Demonstrates a high level of interest in and commitment to social inclusion.
• Demonstrates awareness of importance of confidentiality and ethical standards.

Health and Safety
• Promote a safe working environment in accordance with HSE policies and procedures.
• Actively participate in risk management issues, identify risks and take responsibility for appropriate action in line with HSE policy and procedures.

Other requirements

• Full driving licence with access to own private transport for work related travel
• Garda clearance
• Satisfactory references
• Flexible working hours incl. out of hours

Main Responsibilities

• Under the direction of the Line Manager, the Lead Peer educator, will lead and manage the development of recovery education across the identified organisation area in line with the National Framework for recovery in mental health 2018-2020, under the umbrella of the Recovery College South East.
• Work in collaboration with the Recovery College South East Team in promoting a whole service approach to co-produced recovery education, in line with the following guidance documents , Recovery Education Guidance Document 2018-2020, Co-production in Practice Guidance Document 2018-2020, Family Recovery Guidance Document 2018-2020).
• To ensure the principles of recovery, co production, co delivery and co learning in all Recovery College South East activities.
• To arrange for the design, drafting and accreditation of certain modules in accordance with QQI.
• To collaborate with other agencies in creating learning and skill acquisition opportunities, developing healthy networks and partnerships.
• To develop and maintain a quality Recovery College South East prospectus to provide a range of recovery focused courses.
• Support and develop service provider, service user and family member involvement in recovery education.
• To co-ordinate and manage systems of recruitment, development, supervision of recovery educators.
• To oversee the enrolment process of students, oversee the completion of learning plans, advise guide and support students.
• To manage and oversee students who are on work experience and learning placements, i.e. social care, nursing, etc.
• To market and promote the Recovery College South East.
• To prepare individual and management reports.
• To participate in research/outcome measurement.
• To ensure a high quality and standard of service.
• To foster a welcoming, nurturing environment.
• To take responsibility for your own personal self care in the role of Lead Peer Educator.
• To demonstrate a knowledge and commitment to developing wellness at work practise for both self and colleagues.
• Any other duties as may be reasonably required.

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.  

Conditions of employment

This position is a full time 1 year fixed term contract (37 hours, excluding lunch) and the post will based in the Recovery College South East ,Greenshill, Kilkenny

There is a 3 month probationary period.

The salary is analogous with HSE Grade IV

Please forward a CV and covering letter of application to recruitment@mentalhealthireland.ie 

Interviews will be held on week beginning September 30th 2019. Shortlisting may apply. Closing date for applications Wednesday September 4th 2019 at 5pm.

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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