We’re looking for a SUN Facilitator with lived experience to work closely with a mental health practitioner to deliver regular Service User Network (SUN) groups in different community-based locations across Surrey and online. The SUN (Service User Network) is an initiative aimed at improving services for people with personality disorders traits.
Job title: Service User Network (SUN) Group Facilitator with Lived Experience
Service: General Practice Integrated Mental Health Service (GPimhs) Surrey Heartlands
Employer: Community Connections Surrey – Mary Frances Trust
Reports to: Service Manager
Salary: £26,000 pa
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 37 per week. Evening or weekend work may be required.
Location: Various locations across Surrey. SUN offers a combination of online and face-to-face groups. The face to face SUN groups will be at Guildford institute in Guildford, Merstham community hub in Merstham and Maybury centre in Woking. SUN team meetings are held at Leatherhead house, SABP HQ, Mole business Park, Leatherhead. Online groups can be facilitated from Leatherhead house or by working from home depending on your preference.
Interview Date: 29 April 2022
Currently at this point in time all applicants will be required to evidence that they have been vaccinated in line with current government guidelines.
NHS England recently announced a new transformation fund to be allocated to pilot sites within 12 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships / Integrated Care Systems across the country to test new and integrated models of primary and community mental health care. Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership is one of these successful pilot sites.
One of the elements of this new approach to supporting people in their communities is focused on people with some of the difficulties associated with a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder and includes close partnership working between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a specialist mental health third sector organisation.
The Peer Support Worker will be working closely with a mental health practitioner to deliver regular Service User Network (SUN) groups in different community-based locations across Surrey.
The SUN (Service User Network) is an initiative aimed at improving services for people with personality disorders.
The SUN provides community-based, open access peer support groups and aims to help people develop effective ways of coping, reduce emergencies, and improve access to appropriate services.
We would welcome applications from members who have not attended this Surrey and NE Hants SUN service for 6 months prior to applying for this post. Facilitators are not able to be current members of the Surrey and NE Hants SUN group.
Those accessing the SUN may or may not have a formal diagnosis of personality disorder however, all members will have experienced longstanding emotional difficulties, isolation and are very likely to demonstrate unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
Fundamental to creating empowerment and engagement in the SUN Project is the therapeutic community principle, that the effectiveness of the service depends upon engaging group members in the task of running, delivery, development, and evaluation of the service. The utilisation of SUN members’ own resources and expertise is integral to the model of peer support upon which the SUN groups are based.
Peer support workers will have regular supervision and support in this role.
We are looking for individuals who have been in recovery for a minimum of two years.
The main responsibilities of this roles are to:
- To work alongside a Mental Health Practitioner (MHP) and deliver regular SUN groups in the community.
- To work in collaboration with the MHP and the SUN members to:
- promote peer support and reduce isolation;
- improve coping skills of its members;
- reduce the number of crises that require urgent and unplanned responses from services;
- facilitate access to other services and sources of support.
- To use own wisdom of lived experience of mental health problems to support the development and knowledge of people using the service.
- To follow the protocols and guidelines for effective working.
- To take full responsibility for understanding and applying professional boundaries.
- To ensure that any potential risk is being constantly assessed within a culture of positive risk taking.
- To contribute information regarding the safety and wellbeing of the people who access the service.
- To assist people in understanding their rights and choices within the service.
- To encourage and motivate people to take an active role in their own recovery.
- To positively promote and support independence for people in the community.
- To actively contribute towards the evaluation of the service.
- To keep up to date documentation and take on all the necessary administrative duties.
- To report any areas of concern to the senior team, in line with Risk Management Policy.
- To actively engage in clinical and managerial supervisions.
- To undertake all the required training in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the manager.
- To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to Personality Disorder, peer support and mental health.
- To attend clinical, business and service development meetings as required.
- To assist in the promotion of the service through active liaison, meetings, and presentations with people who access services, staff and other organisations.
- To comply with all relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.
- To undertake any relevant duties as requested.
- To attend any relevant training as and when required.
- Commitment to undertake training on THE SUN protocols and methods and obtain knowledge regarding mental health with specific focus on Personality Disorder (PD) and the recovery approach.
- Completed an accredited peer support training or coaching.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
- Personal lived experience of mental health issues.
- Previous experience of voluntary or paid employment.
- Knowledge of Personality Disorders, mental health issues and recovery approach.
- Willingness to positively share your own life experiences and personal experiences of mental ill health as part of the coaching role.
- Ability to guide others in taking charge of their own recovery.
- Paid or unpaid experience of support worker/training/teaching or coaching others.
- Good understanding of mental health services
- Ability to understand and create healthy boundaries
- Excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to form peer relationships with people accessing services.
- Excellent communication and listening skills
- Ability to be non-judgmental, demonstrate empathy, compassion and patience.
- Practical experience in facilitating / co-facilitating groups
- Ability to remain calm and respond in a professional manner to distress, disturbance and unpredictability.
- Sensitive understanding of diversity issues and ability to promote anti-discriminatory practice and equal-opportunities.
- Ability to work co-operatively as part of a multidisciplinary team (statutory and voluntary) from different locations and to travel to and from a number of different locations on a daily basis.
- Ability to engage effectively in supervision and to be able to raise concerns or personal difficulties which may affect the work being undertaken
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, use of email, Outlook, and basic excel skills.
- Ability to use / learn on-line social communication platforms (Teams, Zoom) and willingness to run groups on-line as well as face to face.
- Ability to enter data onto a database as required by the Service.
- It would be advantageous to demonstrate your continuing progress in recovery from a mental disorder/illness.
Mary Frances Trust (MFT) is a charity organisation established in 1994 by people who used mental health services, carers and professionals to support people with any mental or emotional health problems.
Our mission is to:
- Work alongside people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental health issues for as long as they need and inspire them to develop the skills that will help them to restore and maintain their emotional wellbeing.
- Involve people with experience of mental health at every level of the organisation so they can help us design, deliver, monitor, and review our services to ensure they respond to their changing needs.
- Consistently challenge stigma attached to mental illness and raise awareness of the importance for everyone to look after their mental wellbeing.
- Lead and co-ordinate the development and delivery of first-class, voluntary mental health services in Surrey.
- Maintain sufficient funding streams to be able to provide person-centered services to people experiencing any kind of emotional or mental issues.
How to apply
To apply for this role, click on the Apply Now button below and fill in our Online Application Form. Thank you!
If you are having difficulties accessing our Online Application Form, please email Kerry, our Administration Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org who will send you a Word version for you to email back to Glyn, our Service Manager at email@example.com