We are now recruiting to a new post !
Service User Engagement Lead – Mental Health Transformation
We are pleased to be recruiting to an exciting new role to support us to deliver co-production for the delivery of mental health transformation, known as #averydifferentconversation.
- This post is initially funded for six months.
- It is for 20 hours a week.
- Salary is NJC scale, spinal column point 20. Hourly rate is £14.46.
- There is flexibility to work from home, however the post holder will be required to attend the SUF office every Monday for the SUF team meeting.
- The post holder will focus on supporting SUF’s role in West Suffolk, and in particular in Haverhill.
Application closing date: 5 pm Friday, 28th July 2019
Interviews: Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
CV’s will not be accepted. Please complete the SUF Application and Diversity form which can be downloaded through the following links;
The job application form and personal specification can be downloaded through this link;
The purpose of this role is for the post holder to work within the SUF engagement team across both east and west Suffolk to support SUF to deliver on its seven core objectives as set out in the SUF partnership agreement with Suffolk County Council.
These objectives are;
- Be wholly committed to identifying what SUF as an organisation & as individuals, can do to increase parity of esteem and raise the profile of mental health & wellbeing.
- Provide a platform for mental health service users and family carers to have an equal voice in the local health & care system in Suffolk.
- Ensure the voices of mental health service users and family carers are at the heart of transformation through the development of the Mental Health srategy (#averydifferentconversation) & implementation plans.
- Utilise knowledge and feedback gained from service users engagement to contribute to improving existing services & shaping the design of future models.
- Promote or offer services that give individual service users and their families increased understanding of the local Mental Health system and where they can access help and support.
- Facilitate opportunities for mental health service users and family carers to meaningfully come together, promoting communities, reducing isolation and lowing impact on statutory services.
- Continue to actively contribute to the development of the suicide prevention plan in Suffolk, drawing from the insights & feedback from users and their families.
The key objective of this role is to enable delivery against Objective Three, which is places a responsibility on SUF to ensure the voices of service users and family carers are at the heart of mental health transformation. It is crucial that new services are co-produced using the knowledge and expertise of lived experience, promoting citizen empowerment and leadership.
The post holder will build on SUF’’s already respected reputation and delivery through co-production, by adhering to SUF values and track record of building and maintaining effective collaborative relationships with service users, family carers professionals and strategically with the East and West Suffolk Alliances.
It will support SUF to grow our membership and mental health networks and to deliver a meaningful process that ensures mental health service users and their family carers genuinely have a voice to feedback their experiences of mental health care; together with the opportunity to be involved, where they so choose, and with support from SUF, in the co-designing of innovative and effective services.
In addition, it will enable SUF to continue to develop effective partnerships, including supporting local mental health support groups and peer to peer networks.
The role will also support SUF to further develop its mental health Advocacy role, by promoting peoples independence, human rights and choices.
Volunteer positions – We need new Trustees
Are you passionate about mental health in Suffolk? Would you like a role that enables you to make a difference? We are currently looking for new Trustees to join our Trustee Board.
The SUF Board of Trustees seeks to be representative of the community that we support and this means that our staff and volunteers should contain the same or similar proportions of the diverse individuals and groups as the wider community in our area.
We actively encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black Asian Minority Ethnic groups and younger people, as they are currently unrepresented on our Trustee Board.
Suffolk User Forum (SUF) is a unique, service user led charity committed to promoting the mental health service user voice to support commissioners and service providers to develop mental health and well-being services that deliver improved outcomes for patients, service users and family carers.
The role of the trustee is a rewarding one.
- The Board meets about 10 times per year, at our office in Kesgrave.
- Our Trustees ensure SUF delivers on its vision and charitable objectives to be an inclusive and trusted mental health user led network that values, promotes and strengthens the user voice for positive change, independence, human rights, choice and control.
- The Board sets the overall strategic direction and provides scrutiny to our processes and decisions. Trustees also ensure standards of governance are upheld as well as assessing business development, risk management, performance management and internal control.
- Our trustees are key to ensuring we continue to remain a viable organisation and stay on track to deliver our charitable objectives.
We can offer new trustees support and training regarding the role of being a trustee.
All applicants must provide a CV and this should be sent to our Company Secretary Mr Ken Burr.
We would be pleased to invite anyone who is interested in this exciting role to attend one of our Board meetings as a guest.
All applicants will be invited to an informal interview.
The trustee role in SUF is voluntary and is not a paid position.
If you are interested in finding out more about the trustee role or would like to attend a board meeting, please contact Ken Burr, Company Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org