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Peer Support Worker
NHS AfC: Band 2
Fixed term: 2 years
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
The Hope Centre
£20,270 - £21,318 pro rata per annum
Salary period
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COVID-19 Vacancy Peer Support Worker

NHS AfC: Band 2

Job overview

A new IOH Service is being launched in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. We are looking for motivated and skilled individuals to work alongside an exciting service which will be a partnership provided by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) and North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust (NSCHT).

Working as part of the new service, it will be your role to support the mental wellbeing and act as a mentor for those within the criminal justice system.

Those who come into contact with the criminal justice system are far more likely to have unmet health and social care needs than the general population. By understanding and addressing those needs, we can reduce reoffending and help our service users on their recovery journey.

The role is primarily will be based within the Liaison and Diversion pathway, however with potential to rotate into other areas of the service.

We can help you to complete your application form and answer any questions you may have and support you with interview preparation.

This will be a fixed term position for 2 years.

Main duties of the job

This service aims to add value, purpose and direction to people’s lives.

The Peer Workers need to have personal experience of the criminal justice system (at a minimum arrested) and personal experience within mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse or another vulnerability.  The Peer Worker must also be abstinent from all illicit substances, in active recovery for a minimum of 6 months and not to have been involved in offending for at least 12 months.  We encourage you to ring and discuss this is you have any questions or concerns.


Peer Support Workers work as part of the IOH community pathway and work in collaboration colleagues within the team. Peer Support Workers engage with IOH service users to show empathy, share experience, inspire hope and promote recovery with the aim of assisting service users to gain and maintain independence in the community. The role of the Peer Support Worker is focused around supporting an individual to become work ready. The Peer Support Worker will assist service users in raising aspirations and developing personal goals, with the aim to be supported and increase further social capital.

Working for our organisation

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we’d like you to be part of it.

Our vision is ‘To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.’ Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust’s Values.  These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it’s about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To establish a supportive and respectful relationship with service users, sharing own narratives to raise aspirations of life.
  • To work primarily in direct work with service users on a 1:1 and in group settings as agreed with team supervisor and team manager.
  • To help individuals identify strengths, interests and their own achievable and meaningful recovery goals.
  • To support the implementation of groups
  • To support service users in developing other areas of interest.
  • Draw upon own lived experience to inspire hope, model self-awareness and facilitate service users in developing their own resourcefulness for managing their health and wellbeing.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • English language literacy and numeracy skills to the standard necessary to provide clear, understandable records on computerised system (Rio) and fulfil job description.


Essential criteria
  • • Personal lived experience of the criminal justice system


Essential criteria
  • • Able to relate to a wide range of people, with excellent interpersonal skills

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Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingCommitted to being an Inclusive EmployerVeteran AwareFoster Friendly

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Victoria Finney
Job title
Team Leader
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