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Job title
Community Forensic Mental Health Worker
Work location
Lewisham, London
£22, 865 per annum
Hours per week
Shift pattern
Monday to Sunday on a weekly rota basis (to include bank holidays)
Closing date
30 June 2022
Supporting documents
Community Forensic MH-Jigsaw-JD

Job overview

Do you have a genuine passion and felt purpose to help people? Would you say that you believe everyone deserves a second chance regardless of their past circumstances? Would you like to be part of an organisation that supports, cares and empowers these individuals?

If you have said yes to all of the questions above, then this could be the perfect role for you!

Jigsaw is a mental health complex needs & floating support service in Lewisham. Its focus is on prevention, early intervention and reintegration for those living with enduring mental health including those with offending history. Staff help Service Users to make positive connections and aid the development of natural coping strategies. The primary aim is to promote wellbeing and prevent recidivism.

As a Community Forensic Mental Health Worker - your role is to support service users to achieve their personal goals and positive outcomes, by offering a person-centred recovery based service and supporting them to maximise their independence and work towards moving on, enabling our service users to lead more fulfilling lives. You will encourage service users to develop coping strategies and supportive relationships to empower them to maintain their mental health and will also work with them to be a part of the wider community through volunteering, education or social placements.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan and co-ordinate individual support and resettlement packages for the Service User liaising with the appropriate agencies and care professionals to ensure successful delivery of the plans.
  • Constantly ensure there is genuine engagement with the Service users using appropriate methodologies and inventions to encourage and support their engagement and progress towards greater independence and community integration.
  • Act as a key worker and a link worker for named service users and in this role contribute to the development of support plans, risk assessments and subsequent reviews for allocated service users
  • Deliver life skills training and support to prepare service users for successful independent living.
  • Encourage service users to establish social networks and undertake meaningful activities to assist them to develop positive coping mechanisms and to socially integrate.
  • Provide practical and emotional support to all service users of the Service, ensuring that they are treated with respect and dignity at all times

Experience Required:

  • NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care/QCF qualification or equivalent
  • Experience of delivery a recovery-focused provision to vulnerable adults with support needs, including complex needs
  • Experience of working with ex-offenders with mental health issues / substance misuse / challenging /chaotic behaviours
  • Experience of drafting and agreeing support plans and providing appropriate interventions for service user and liaising with other professional to bring the plans to fruition
  • Proven ability to form effective, positive and motivational relationships.
  • Understanding and practical application of key legislation regarding social care, housing, criminal justice and mental health
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