Peer Support Facilitator

With the Specialised Perinatal Community Mental Health Teams - the Black Country, some home-working
£24k – 27k pro rata, depending on experience
13 Jul 2021
10 Aug 2021
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Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Part Time

Action on Postpartum Psychosis is seeking a part-time Peer Support Facilitator (0.8 FTE) with lived experience of postpartum psychosis (PP) to manage an innovative collaborative project with Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, providing peer support to women, their partners and families affected by postpartum psychosis in the Black Country.

You will be an integral part of the Perinatal Community Mental Health care teams and will also work closely with APP’s team of Peer Supporters who are based throughout the UK. You will provide telephone, face to face, and online peer support to women recovering from PP - in the community, and in the patient’s home where appropriate. You will work with APP’s Mother and Baby Unit Peer Support Facilitator to support women during admission and on discharge planning. You will also work with the team to develop education and awareness programmes for health professionals in primary and secondary care. Your role will be divided between two perinatal teams within the Black
Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: Walsall and Wolverhampton and Dudley and Sandwell.

You will have experienced postpartum psychosis yourself, and will use your experience to offer peer support, information and signposting to women and families affected by PP. You will build and manage a team of regional volunteers who have recovered from postpartum psychosis, linking to a monthly group for recovered and recovering women. You will help to manage data collection and evaluation of the project.

Your excellent interpersonal skills, understanding of postpartum psychosis, knowledge of the principles of peer support; and experience of supporting others will help APP improve recovery outcomes for women, partners and families across the Black Country.

As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates may also be considered for part-time sessional roles, providing holiday cover for the Peer Support Facilitator.

APP is the national charity providing support and information to mums and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP). PP is a severe form of postnatal mental illness that develops, often out of the blue, in the days and weeks following childbirth. APP works with women, families, academics and specialist clinicians to: raise awareness of PP; develop information; train health professionals; facilitate research; and run an award-winning specialist peer support service.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity.
Based on the experience required to effectively deliver the work, these roles are only
open to female applicants; we are relying on a protected characteristic as a genuine
occupational requirement as permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act


Location:With the Specialised Perinatal Community Mental Health Teams for the Black
Country and some home-working.
£24-27k pro rata, depending on experience.
Part-time, 4 days a week (Fixed term contract)
For more information, please see the applicant information pack.

Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than two pages of A4) to together with the contact details and equality and diversity monitoring form. The contact details form contains your consent for us to process your application and must be included.

Application deadline: Midnight on Tuesday 7th September 2021
It is anticipated interviews will be held on Wednesday 15th September and Monday 20th
September 2021.

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