Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) is delighted to announce the launch of its next recruitment phase for Peer Support Workers in its adult mental health teams. It is looking to recruit a number of people with lived experience of mental health illness onto its free peer support training course.

The training course is the first step in becoming a paid mental health Peer Support Worker.

Peer Support Workers are people who have experienced the mental health services provided by NHS or community-based organisations and are interested in helping others who are currently going through mental health treatment and recovery.

Teresa Spilsbury, Community Development Leader, from LPT is leading the recruitment to the course: “This is an exciting opportunity for people who have ‘lived experience’ of mental health services and want to apply for a job helping others on their recovery journey.

“As soon as they have passed the course, they can apply for a role as a Peer Support Worker. The training is free and, successful applicants to the Peer Support worker role will receive pay and ongoing support when they take up their post.”

“I would urge anyone who wants to know more to have a look at our Expression of Interest Form on our website and get in touch with us.”

The training consists of a weekly online course for 10 weeks every Wednesday, 31 March – 26 May. The days run from 10am-12.30pm and 2-4.30pm. Previous applicants are welcome to apply. There are two courses for 2021, with dates for the second course TBA. There will be scope for volunteer roles in the future for people who want to support without the commitment of a paid role, and we will announce details of this soon.

The closing date for applications is March 10 2021

View the training course information here
Download the Expression of interest form here