Islington, London
Up to £22360 per annum
Job description

Recruiting a Recovery Worker to join our Mental Health service in Islington!

GBP 22,360 per annum plus 25 days Annual Leave, Pension schemes, Staff discounts, healthcare and more working 40 hours per week.

Islington Crisis House offer 24/7 crisis accommodation to customers with mental health needs who require a high level of support, it is a 'high support fast stream' mental health service consisting of 12 units, with move-on expected within two weeks. We are part of the projects pathway in the borough and receive our referrals from the Crisis Teams and mental health wards in the borough. However we can also take self referrals or referrals from other sources such as local substance services and GP's. We also take referrals from neighbouring boroughs such as North Camden. This is a really great opportunity for anyone with clinical interest as the service is delivered in partnership with Camden and Islington MH Trust.

The staff at the service work an alternate 32 hour/48 hour week with shifts from either 8am-4pm or 2pm-10pm.

Job Overview:
Post-holders will be required to:
- Understand the concept of Recovery and apply those principles to develop an environment and service that enhances recovery
- Put the service-user at the centre of their support and promote optimism and hope for their increased independence
- Provide intensive support (both practical and emotional) to people undergoing a period of mental health related crisis
- Act as a positive influence on service-users encouraging responsible behaviour and self reliance to people residing in the Service
- Support people in a way that maximises their self-sufficiency and enables them to live independently upon discharge from the service

Key Accountabilities:
- To ensure recovery focused support plans are created, reviewed, evaluated and amended in accordance with changing needs, presenting risks and individual preferences in order to promote recovery
- Undertake keyworking responsibilities for a caseload assigned by the Team Leader/Service Manager
- To be flexible and responsive to the needs of service-users as directed by their personal support plan
- To provide recovery focused support to achieve personal goals/aspirations in partnership with service-users, family members and statutory agencies. To work with service-users on a one to one basis to achieve positive outcomes within the given service timeframe
- Ensuring ongoing assessment and management of risks within an attitude of 'positive risk taking'
- To treat all information - both verbal and written - in accordance with Look Ahead's policy on confidentiality
- Develop and maintain links with key agencies and service providers in the local community
- Demonstrate a commitment to the empowerment of service-users and a strong interest in co-production and promoting people's rights
- Use person centred tools to support recovery and development of service-users
- Communicate effectively with people who are in mental distress, including any who may be acutely unwell
- Support service-users to undertake domestic tasks wherever possible, including practical assistance where they have not yet developed the skills, to ensure service-users enjoy a high quality of accommodation
- Undertake all administrative work and keep accurate and comprehensive service-user records to professional standards
- To engage in learning and development activity to increase knowledge and skills
- To advocate assertively to statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that service-users needs are met and link with organisations to provide a range of engagement opportunities for service-users in the community
- To maintain good relationships with all involved professionals and agencies
- To maintain good liaison with the service-users' immediate community and family
- Work collaboratively with the service-user, their carers and care coordinators to plan for move-on and discharge from the point of the support commencing
- To attend and participate in weekly staff meetings, meetings with other professionals and in supervision and training as required
- To work with the staff team to achieve the aims and the objectives of the service
- To stay up to date with regard to development and research in the mental health field, housing support and in welfare benefits

- At least an NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social care, or equivalent
- Minimum of one years experience of support work with people with mental health related support needs

- An understanding of care-planning processes and Models of Care within mental health
- Knowledge of group and individual therapy and an understanding of risk management
- Experience of working with vulnerable people whom are undergoing a period of crisis

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

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Refreshed on: 12 June 2020
Closed date: 26 June 2020
Job ref: REQ001952
Tags: Support Worker, Social Work