This is an exciting time to join the Black Country Healthcare Foundation Trust to be part of the mental health transformation! You are invited to join a new service that has been co-produced with young people (roughly 18-25 years) that will work across health, social care and the voluntary sector for young adults across the region.
This provision will ‘wrap around’ services already offered. The model includes pathways to assist transitions between CAMHS and AMHS (child and adult mental health services), enhanced provision for young adults from ‘currently disadvantaged’ groups, and a robust set of wellbeing enhancing community resources for young people and the most significant adults in their lives.
Main duties of the job
Our mission is to enable all young people of the Black Country to reach their potential and flourish, with the young person’s voice being at the centre of what is provided. The service has been designed to be based on needs, offering choice and increased access and inclusivity. The team philosophy is that young people are empowered as much as possible – this will include building upon their strengths, being assisted to develop their own narrative to make sense of their distress and to make personally meaningfully goals, with help to keep on track with these. We aim to be collaborative and to give more power to the young people we work with and to learn from them. We recognise that each individual in distress is unique and the expert of his or her own experience and what is helpful, and that as professionals it would often be useful for us to be more humble about the limits of our knowledge. Awareness of and engagement with opportunities within the community will be facilitated, ensuring that young people are better connected and enabled to build a strong identity and to work towards the young person’s desired future.
As the band 4 administration lead, your input will be key to ensure that the service materials and documentation are organised and that there is administration support as needed. You will be expected to contribute in a positive way to the team culture and you will be a valued member of the team.
Some previous applicants for our lived experience roles had some administration experience and we have agreed that as a service we would offer the relevant training and developmental experiences for the right candidate to potentially move into peer support/lived experience opportunities once there are vacant positions (successful interviews would be necessary to move roles at a later date). This could be a good opportunity for somebody with administration and leadership experience as well as personal lived experience of having recovered from mental health challenges to move into mental health.
On-going co-production and young person oversight has been built into the service and we hope to embed transformational change, for example by recruiting people with the values that fit with our team philosophy and offering relevant training, supervision and support and ensuring team wellbeing. The service will share knowledge and good practice across the Black Country to promote a young person friendly culture.
08 March 2023
Agenda for change
£23,949 to £26,282 a year PA
In addition to aligning with the values above, young people have said that they would like team members to be:
- Open minded
- Caring and empathic
- Thoughtful (treat every situation seriously and thoroughly)
- Flexible, do things differently as needed
- Patient/ to have perseverance
- Peer support workers should be young spirited and relatable
We have agreed that we would like the team to be as diverse as possible to reflect our communities and to enhance innovative practice and we would encourage you to share any knowledge and experiences that you believe would provide added value within the team.
We hope that this provides a useful overview but we would love to hear from you so that we can discuss the service and opportunities with you in more detail.
- Administration experience
- Leadership experience
- Positive approach to young people in distress and their significant others, and desire to make a helpful difference.
- Lived experience of personal recovery from significant period of distress.
- Having worked in a helping capacity with disadvantaged groups such as people who have been in care, the homeless, those who have experienced significant trauma and/or adversity, minority cultural backgrounds, those with disabilities, neurodevelopmental presentations, alcohol and/or substance misuse.
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