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Job Title: Specialist Support Worker
Job Type: Contract, Part Time
Location: Tower Hamlets, London
Salary: £18202/annum
Company: CV-Library
Category: Social Care

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Job Description: Recruiting for a Specialist Support Worker to join our Mental Health Service in Tower Hamlets

GBP 18,202 per annum plus 25 days Annual Leave (pro-rata), Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more. This role is a 7 month Fixed Term Contract working 32 hours per week.

Independent Living Community Support provides a specialist floating service for people with enduring mental health support needs. It also provides resettlement support for those moving through mental health general need housing quota Band 1B and works closely with the Tower Hamlets Resettlement team. Referrals are made by the Community Mental Health Teams, Assertive Outreach Service, Early Intervention Service, Community Recovery & Rehabilitation Service and, in specific case, other sources.

Job Overview:
Specialist Mental Health Support Workers within Look Ahead are required to have either an extra dimension of experience or a higher qualification level as determined relevant for the particular post. Specialist Mental Health Support Workers provide information, social inclusion and vocational opportunities to support people to recover and stay well; exercise choice and control in their care and lives; and participate on an equal footing in the community. Support is also provided to develop a model of re-enablement towards self-advocacy, self-management and empowerment, incorporating the principles and practice of recovery, co-production and peer support.

Key Responsibilities:
- Building supportive, trusting relationships with customers and creating a positive atmosphere
- Facilitating group workshops in all aspects of mental health dynamics and well-being
- Carrying out holistic assessments of new customers which incorporate relevant statutory referral information
- Conducting regular key work sessions that are innovative and engaging in order to achieve Support Plan goals
- Create support plans for providing appropriate services based on on-going assessment and reflecting the services and resources available to enable customer to progress in their recovery
- Ensuring ongoing assessment and management of risks associated with customers within an attitude of positive risk taking
- Provide support and access to relevant services to enable customers to continue their recovery and empower customers to self-manage their medication regimes through individual re-enablement programmes and informed decision making
- Undertake support work in partnership with external stakeholders to compliment their interventions
- Developing productive relationships with partner organisations to improve service outcomes
- Demonstrate strong commitment to the functioning of the staff team and to support colleagues in providing a high level of service and safety to customers
- Involving customers in the design, development and delivery of the service
- Adhering to lone working protocols and maintaining high levels of awareness in relation to the health and safety of yourself and colleagues
- Ensuring Look Ahead Health and Safety policies and local protocols are adhered to at all times
- Being responsible for the handover of key information between shifts
- Provide structured support and guidance to other front line staff in their area of expertise
- To lead groups and activities - offering a range of appropriate therapeutic and recovery focused interactions and activities
- Adhering to all other Look Ahead's policies and procedures. Engaging in learning and development activity to increase knowledge and skills
- Undertaking any other duties consistent with the grade and nature of the post as assigned by the Team Leader/ Manager

Person Specification:
- Enjoys social interaction and the company of others, joins in local activities to encourage customer involvement
- Exudes a warm friendly presence and open behaviour
- Prefers working as part of a group/team
- Is fundamentally calm and resilient, does not let emotion adversely affect them or obscure their judgement
- Has a practical and logical mind and is naturally well organised

Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
- NVQ Level 2/3 or equivalent with some or equivalent sector work experience

For the full job description, please visit the Look Ahead website

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