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  • SAMH - Peer Wellbeing Practitioner

    Created: 06/03/2024
    News/Events Category: Job Vacancies

    Post: Peer Wellbeing Practitioner 
    Job reference: REC1435
    Hours: 22.5 per week 
    Contract: Fixed until 31/03/2027 (pilot service)
    Salary: £25,468 pro rata (Equivalent to NHS Band 3)
    Location: Dunfermline and West Dunfermline


    About the Role

    SAMH is recruiting for the posts of Peer Wellbeing Practitioners. This is an exciting new role for people with a lived experience of mental health issues and their own recovery journey. Peer Wellbeing Practitioners will be in a dual role, embedded within Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) working as a team to support individuals accessing the service in a hospital in-reach, home and community-based settings.

    The CMHTs provide specialist multi-disciplinary interventions for people with significant mental health difficulties, where there is a complexity of difficulties and/or risk to self and/or others. Peer Wellbeing Practitioners use their own lived experience of mental health issues to support service users in a recovery-focused way using goal-setting and person-centred approaches. Using formalised peer support models they will enhance the support provided to the individual by developing mutually empowering relationships.

    There is an expectation that Peer Wellbeing Practitioners will facilitate group work or individual sessions that will aid individuals in their recovery journey. Peer support practitioners will offer a proactive approach, working with people in communities of diversity and will have a strong people focussed values base. Peer Wellbeing Practitioners are role models of recovery and will have responsibility for working in a professional, boundaried manner that values this asset.

    What SAMH is looking for

    Respect and dignity for the people who use their services is at the heart of everything SAMH does. They’re looking for people with great people skills who are honest, reliable and resilient in challenging situations. This role will require a high degree of autonomous working, working within Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT) as part of a multi-disciplinary team and contributing to risk and support management in a clinical setting.

    Everyone SAMH supports is different and they use individually tailored recovery and wellbeing plans to help clients to identify where their strengths lie and support them in the areas where they may need it. In this role your attitude and personality matter as much as your skills and experience. They are looking for initiative, compassion, energy and determination, and the ability to motivate and inspire people who use the services to develop their skills and self-confidence and realise their aspirations.

    Supporting the people who use SAMH's services means there are a variety of shift patterns including evenings and weekends. Please note that travel is an essential part of the role and due to the geographical reach, a valid driving licence and access to own vehicle are a requirement for the post.

    Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form.

    What SAMH will provide for you

    You will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with a full induction and training opportunities. You will be given the chance to develop your knowledge and skills, as well as develop professionally. Some of the benefits include: 

    • Fully funded PDA peer support qualification
    • Reimbursement of PVG
    • Funded continuous learning and development opportunities, access to over 100 courses online in addition to classroom and virtual training sessions
    • 30 days annual leave rising to 33 after five years’ service (pro rata)
    • Four public holidays (pro rata)
    • Two paid wellbeing days off per year to use on what matters to you (pro rata)
    • Team wellbeing budgets
    • Workplace pension scheme
    • Life Assurance policy
    • Employee Assistance Programme

    How to apply 

    As this is a new service, applications for these roles will be assessed on an ongoing basis and candidates will be contacted directly to invite for interviews if shortlisted.

    To apply please visit

    Please note SAMH reserve the right to close this vacancy early should they receive a high level of applicants and would encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

    The closing date for applications is 11.59am on Wednesday 20 April 2024. 

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