Oxford Health is on the hunt to find our first cohort of peer support workers in Buckinghamshire who can use their personal experiences to help our patients who are living with or recovering from poor mental health.

We are looking for candidates to fill 20 peer support worker (PSW) roles in adult mental health teams, early intervention and in-patient wards in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.

PSWs deliver a strong and encouraging message to patients expressing things can and do get better, a significant reminder when supporting those who are going through a very difficult period of their life. The PSWs have experienced similar situations and can greatly empathise and relate to the patients.

Oxford Health’s PSW trainee programme is led by trained educators, it supports PSWs to be open about their lived experiences and mental health issues to face stigmas around mental health and to break down barriers of power, therefore improving relationships with patients.

Charlotte Proud, peer support coordinator in Buckinghamshire, said: “Becoming a peer support worker is a unique opportunity for people who have used our services to support others and inspire hope that things will get better. By being a PSW they demonstrate recovery is possible.”

Don’t miss out on this rewarding opportunity to help others recover from mental health issues you perhaps faced, help Oxford Health to support their recovery. There are only a couple of weeks left to apply so please make sure you get involved.

The role profile and application form can be found on the Oxford Health website. Applications for this role close on October 2. Successful candidates will then attend a 10-day training program in December alongside a 30-hour volunteer placement within teams to start in January 2020. Once a PSW has passed the training and placement as a volunteer there will be a chance to follow a recruitment process for a paid role.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Charlotte Proud, peer support coordinator (Buckinghamshire) on charlotte.proud@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.