Lived Experience Practitioner - Trauma Informed Group Support

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

The closing date is 10 July 2022

Job summary

Northpoint Wellbeing Service has been commissioned to run an innovative Therapeutic Community (Trauma Informed Group Support) pilot, as part of integrated primary care provision, for 18 months initially.

We envisage that this pilot will meet the needs of young people, who have experienced trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), in a flexible and responsive way that is different to the current provision available. It increases the availability of trauma informed therapeutic provision within the city and will be delivered at accessible venues.

Leeds has a high student population with many young people living away from their home networks and support for the first time. This cohort presents some particular challenges to professionals currently working within primary care; in particular the need to contain and support young people experiencing distress who have experienced a number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and past trauma.

The pilot provision will be underpinned by the following trauma-informed principles:

  • Safety

  • Trustworthiness and transparency

  • Peer support

  • Collaboration and utility

  • Empowerment, voice and choice

  • Cultural, historical and gender issues

Main duties of the job

The post holder will uphold the principles and structure of the model, the primary aim being to enable service users to effectively engage in both the preparatory and group phases. You will help group members work on interpersonal relationships, destructive behaviours and improve engagement with local services. The postholder will be open to developing the role in the context of service development and improvement The postholder will regularly attend the groups and participate in group supervision and team meetings.

Main duties:

  • To attend the DTC group, team meetings and/or staff group supervision on a weekly basis.

  • To help create and maintain a therapeutic community culture in the service.

  • To assist and facilitate the healthy management of group dynamic.

  • To work with other staff and group members to help to develop and maintain the Therapeutic Community Group structure and culture.

  • To bring lived experience of personality difficulties to help bridge communication and engagement between the staff delivery team and group members.

  • To act as a role model within the group and maintain ground rules.

  • To help when group struggles or problems arise, working with the feelings these difficulties can evoke and use lived experience to understand feedback and its impact.

About us

Northpoint Wellbeing is a charity which provides a range of services to promote emotional wellbeing. We believe that timely access to appropriate support, particularly talking therapies, is an effective way of promoting emotional wellbeing and relieving mental distress, for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

Northpoint Wellbeing is a providing partner of the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service commissioned by Leeds CCG. LMWS combines the pre-existing Leeds IAPT Service (offering “talking therapies” to adult NHS patients) with a broader mental wellbeing support offer based in primary care settings. It is funded until at least 2025. This innovative service delivers an integrated service offering mental health support for people with common mental health problems. Together, our partnership will help thousands of people in Leeds to increase their resilience and live their best lives within their community. 

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties:

  • To attend the DTC group, team meetings and/or staff group supervision on a weekly basis.

  • To help create and maintain a therapeutic community culture in the service.

  • To assist and facilitate the healthy management of group dynamic.

  • To work with other staff and group members to help to develop and maintain the Therapeutic Community Group structure and culture.

  • To bring lived experience of personality difficulties to help bridge communication and engagement between the staff delivery team and group members.

  • To act as a role model within the group and maintain ground rules.

  • To help when group struggles or problems arise, working with the feelings these difficulties can evoke and use lived experience to understand feedback and its impact.

Training

Attend and fulfil all mandatory trainings.

Use iaptus to input and retrieve information appropriate to the care of individuals on caseload and to develop a basic competency in the use of it to an acceptable standard.

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Professional practice

Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. BACP, UKCP, BPS), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the Department of Health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

Ensure that patient confidentiality is protected at all times, in line with Northpoint and GP practice policies.

Attend case and line management supervision on a regular basis as agreed with the Pilot Lead.

Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with the Pilot Lead, on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.

Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD and ensure your personal development plan maintains up-to-date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

Attend relevant conferences/workshops in line with identified professional objectives.

Attend team meetings.

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of providing consultation to staff groups
  • Previous experience working as a Lived Experience Practitioner/or equivalent for minimum of two years
  • Experience of planning services for service users with complex trauma in collaboration with staff and service users
  • Experience of providing consultation as part of a team to staff teams and clients
  • Experience of working independently to support clients to engage with services
  • Experience as expert by lived experience roles Experience

Desirable

  • Relevant experience in Primary or Secondary Care mental health services
  • Experience in a therapeutic community as group member and successful completion of group
  • Experience of working within a Third Sector organisation
  • Experience of iaptus or similar IT system for outcome and case management recording
  • Experience of partnership working

Knowledge

Essential

  • Have knowledge and understanding of therapeutic approaches used with the client group including person-centred, attachment based, strength based and motivational approaches
  • Have knowledge of working with and responding to disclosure of abuse
  • Understand the role of self in therapeutic settings and services and utilising this knowledge to assist service users
  • Understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship
  • Have knowledge to assist people where a relationship rupture has occurred to work this through and develop an understanding of the other

Desirable

  • An understanding of the principles underlying the Stepped Care model of mental health treatment
  • Knowledge of existing services within the area

Other Requirements

Essential

  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation
  • Ability to work independently and within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality

Desirable

  • Experience of working with diverse communities and within a multicultural setting

Qualifications

Essential

  • A relevant qualification at NVQ Level 3 (e.g. NVQ Level 3 in Mental Health and Social Care) or equivalent (psychology graduate) and/or significant experience in mental health support work

Desirable

  • Group Analysis foundation course
  • Intentional Peer Support course or equivalent

Skills and Competencies

Essential

  • Ability to develop and sustain meaningful relationships with clients
  • Ability to organise self, meet deadlines and work on own initiative within set parameters
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with clients, and in own personal and professional development, and to use supervision positively and effectively
  • Ability to work with complex mental health issues
  • Creative, flexible and imaginative approach to working with people with mental health problems
  • Computer-literate
  • High standards in written communication, including ability to write clear records and letters to referrers
  • Ability to manage risk collaboratively with clients and staff (with individuals and in groups)
  • Demonstrate the capacity to work well with other colleagues in a variety of settings
  • Be able to demonstrate resilience when dealing with emotionally challenging situations and seek support whenever necessary
  • Ability to bring own life experience to assist others with their therapeutic journey way of coping
  • To use psychoanalytically informed skills to work with people, groups, and team

Desirable

  • Ability to deliver support in community languages
  • Ability to employ psychological formulation

Training

Essential

  • Able to attend supervision training, and other training as the post develops
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Address

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JN


Employer's website

https://northpoint.org.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Shaema Saleh

shaema.saleh@northpoint.org.uk

07851256412

Date posted

06 June 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£22,549 to £24,882 a year

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

18 months

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

B0173-22-8270

Job locations

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd

Hunslet Road

Leeds

LS10 1JN


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