NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Peer Worker Vacancy

Engagement and Educational Peer Worker NHSGG&C

These posts are sessional – approx. 6 hours per month, paid at NHS Band 5 rate. Location: Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Are you interested in helping BME communities overcome barriers to accessing NHSGGC Health Services? Do you have an awareness of the impact of living in poverty? Could you educate and support others, while contributing to improving NHSGGC services in the future?

About the role: These exciting new roles have been developed specifically for individuals from communities that could benefit from help and support in accessing Health Services. You’ll be working with a Peer Co-ordinator to engage with and educate communities on specific topics, taking a human rights approach. You will use knowledge gained from on-going training and support to educate communities and promote specific services. Recognise the impact of living in poverty and offer practical guidance and support to help mitigate this. You will collect feedback which will help NHSGGC improve its services and ways in which people access them. You may be working with people in distress, you will need to be emotionally and mentally resilient. You’ll be expected to address community groups and will be given training on the most effective way to so this. You will receive induction, training and on-going supervision, including a network of other peer workers employed within NHSGGC.

What you’ll do:

Build supportive and respectful relationships with individuals and community groups.

Support others using your personal experience and confidence gained from ongoing training and support.

Provide information and promote specific NHSGGC health services.

Discuss the impact of, and offer support to mitigate poverty and maximise income.

Gather feedback which will be used to improve services.

Contribute to the development of the peer worker programme and role within NHSGGC.

What you’ll need:

An interest in local communities and a desire to help others.

Resilience, and the ability to know when to ask for help.

An understanding of issues and barriers facing BME communities and those living in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation.

Good communication skills.

The ability to work well in a team.

Empathy, good listening skills, approachability and common sense.

An understanding of the need for confidentiality.

Interested? If you would like further information on the Engagement and Education Peer Worker role, or to express an interest, please contact: mhairi.mcculloch@ggc.scot.nhs.uk