Peer Support Worker

First Steps ED

The closing date is 30 June 2022

Job summary

Peer support is based on the recognition that there is no better person to support the path towards recovery than someone who has walked the same path as that individual.

The Peer Support Worker will provide formalised peer support and practical assistance to service users in order for them to regain control over their lives and their own unique recovery process. The Peer Support Worker will come alongside a service user through their recovery journey, and assist them with activities such as meal support, daily living tasks, and community activities as part of their intensive support package.

Peer Support Workers work as part of the community mental health team and work with the Adult Eating Disorder service supported by the multi-disciplinary team.

Peer Support Workers engage with eating disorder 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 through their recovery journey.

The role will include 1:1 and group work and Peer Support Workers will support service users to increase their confidence and ability, develop a daily routine and engage in other opportunities that will enable them to no longer be defined by their eating disorder.

Main duties of the job

Establish a supportive and respectful relationship with service users, sharing own narratives to raise aspirations to access employment opportunities.

Work primarily in direct work with service users on a 1:1 and in group settings as agreed with team service manager and team leader.

Actively, practically and creatively support an individual to progress towards returning to education or employment through co-facilitating interventions on a 1:1 and group basis.

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.

Facilitate access to community groups and networks that enable participation in activities, to maximise service user's opportunities for socially valued roles and positive identity.

Ensure that service user’s peer recovery goals are integrated into the Trusts care plan/CMHT process and are reviewed on a regular basis.

Actively engage with colleagues and other professionals to ensure the needs of the client group are met through promoting recovery orientated, strengths based practice.

Attend and participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings and work under the regular supervision of the service manager.

To participate within Trust peer training and peer working networks.

About us

First Steps ED is the host employer and part of the Integrated Community Service Eating Disorder Team in Derbyshire. 

For both roles in Derby City CMHT and Buxton CMHT you will receive our induction and training programme alongside receiving induction and training from our NHS eating disorder colleagues and work alongside and receive day to day support from an Assistant Occupational Therapist.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and First Steps ED have been working as an integrated NHS/VCSE eating disorder team for over 10 years and this opportunity to join us as a Peer Support Worker using your lived experience of recovering from eating disorders will make an impact to current patients and their loved ones as you support them as an expert by experience through their recovery journey.

You will be joining our multi-disciplinary, multi-agency award winning eating disorder service as an Integrated Community Service team for patients with Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders (SEED).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Liaison, Communication and Working Relationships

Assist in the development and maintenance of good working relationships with relevant statutory and voluntary agencies to facilitate access to a full range of appropriate services.

Assist in the development of close links with the local community, promoting a greater understanding of mental health issues and eating disorders.

Liaise with the Service Coordinator and other team members in the referral process for new people using services; ensuring the anonymity/confidentiality of people and parents/carers and potential referrals, are respected at all times.

Work closely with other team members and partner agencies at all times to ensure the highest possible standards of support.

Administration, Monitoring and Evaluation

Accurately maintain all recording systems - paper based and computerised (including databases), ensuring compliance with First Steps ED procedures and Policies.

Provide regular reports as required.

Maintain clear, accurate individual records, which are accessible to people using services within the agreed policy.

Personal Development, Supervision and Training

Participate in regular support and supervision from line management

Continuously developing professional knowledge and expertise, attending training and development events as and when required

Attend and participate in regular team and other meetings, both internal and external.

Attend and participate in all relevant conferences and events as requested/approved by line manager

First Steps ED Policies and Procedures

The post holder will be expected, at all times, to be familiar and comply with the written policies, procedures and guidelines for good practice, issued by First Steps ED.

Health and Safety

Comply with all Health & Safety policies and procedures.

Take personal responsibility for own health and safety and report incidents and potential hazards as necessary.

Person Specification



  • Educated to A-level or equivalent or NVQ level 2 or above in a Health or Social Care qualification.


  • Educated to degree level (e.g. psychology, science, sociology and therapeutic).
  • Level 4 counselling or above.



  • Experience of working within mental health or well being and supporting vulnerable young people.


  • Expert by Experience or lived experience of disordered eating and disorders.

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

First Steps ED


Community Mental Health Team

Fountain Street



SK17 6HU

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For questions about the job, contact:

Sharon McCabe


Date posted

07 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 3


£20,329 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Community Mental Health Team

Fountain Street



SK17 6HU

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