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APP’s Partner Peer Support project provides information and support for partners of women affected by PP after the birth of their child. We’re looking for more partners who have experience of PP, either in recent years or longer ago, to join our team to talk to other partners who are going through the experience. 

We need someone to help Simon, our Partner Peer Support Coordinator, provide information, support volunteers and run online groups especially for partners of women affected by PP.

The role is flexible, and the right person is more important than the time they can give, but ideally we’d like someone who can commit up to four hours a week.

To apply for the role, please send an email to outlining your family's experience of PP and why you'd like to take up this role. The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 5th September 2021. 


ROLE TITLE: Partner Peer Support worker

RESPONSIBLE TO: Partner Peer Support Coordinator

ROLE PURPOSE:  To support Partner Peer Support project, providing information and support to partners of women affected by postpartum psychosis (PP), helping to facilitate and moderate discussions and running online and in person activities to engage partners.

Main tasks:

1. To work with the Partner Peer Support Coordinator building APP’s Partners’ Group on Facebook and developing our information and content for partners including:

a. Helping to build the group and facilitate discussions.

b. Maintaining the positive, supportive culture of the group, and ensuring peer support procedures are adhered to in the group.

c. As appropriate, responding to questions and issues raised by members of the group.

2. To provide support and information for partners of women affected by postpartum psychosis, including:

a. Responding to partners’ stories emails, forum and social media comments, sharing personal experience where relevant, helping partners to understand the illness and signposting families to other relevant resources and help.

b. Helping to set up and run regular activities for partners. 

c. Providing one-to-one peer support for partners of women affected by PP.

3. To work with the Partner Peer Support Coordinator to support other partner peer support volunteers, ensuring their wellbeing and effectiveness, including:

a. Contacting anyone interested in becoming a partner peer support volunteer.

b. Liaising with the Partner Peer Support Coordinator to arrange training and support where appropriate.

c. Maintaining regular contact with existing partner peer support volunteers.

4. To maintain confidentiality of all families supported, explaining in a simple language the limits of your confidentiality, including:

a. Responding to urgent concerns or safeguarding issues in a rapid, sensible and sensitive manner and escalating concerns to the safeguarding lead and leadership team as appropriate.

b. Following APP policies and procedures at all times.


Essential skills, qualities and experience

  • Personal experience of supporting someone with postpartum psychosis. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – able to engage with people in a warm, articulate, friendly, professional, empathetic and sensitive manner.
  • Dedicated, reliable and conscientious.
  • Ability to understand and maintain confidentiality.

Desirable skills, qualities and experience

  • Experience of supporting others.
  • Social media skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills; the ability to manage your own workload.
  • Awareness and knowledge of the issues faced by other women and families affected by postpartum psychosis, Bipolar Disorder and perinatal mental illness.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team from home.


HOURLY RATE: £14.30 per hour plus statutory holiday pay.

HOURS: These are sessional (casual) roles:  hours will vary according to need and will be agreed in advance with the Partner Peer Support Coordinator.

LOCATION: Home based.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis is seeking a part-time Peer Support Facilitator with lived experience of postpartum psychosis (PP) to manage an innovative collaborative project with Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, providing peer support to women, their partners and families affected by postpartum psychosis in the Black Country.

APP is seeking a part-time Peer Support Facilitator (0.8 FTE) with lived experience of postpartum psychosis to manage an innovative collaborative project with Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

You will be an integral part of the Perinatal Community Mental Health care teams and will also work closely with APP’s team of Peer Supporters who are based throughout the UK. You will provide telephone, face to face, and online peer support to women recovering from PP - in the community, and in the patient’s home where appropriate. You will work with APP’s Mother and Baby Unit Peer Support Facilitator to support women during admission and on discharge planning. You will also work with the team to develop education and awareness programmes for health professionals in primary and secondary care. Your role will be divided between two perinatal teams within the Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: Walsall and Wolverhampton and Dudley and Sandwell.

You will have experienced postpartum psychosis yourself, and will use your experience to offer peer support, information and signposting to women and families affected by PP. You will build and manage a team of regional volunteers who have recovered from postpartum psychosis, linking to a monthly group for recovered and recovering women. You will help to manage data collection and evaluation of the project.

Your excellent interpersonal skills, understanding of postpartum psychosis, knowledge of the principles of peer support; and experience of supporting others will help APP improve recovery outcomes for women, partners and families across the Black Country.

As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates may also be considered for part-time sessional roles, providing holiday cover for the Peer Support Facilitator.

APP is the national charity providing support and information to mums and families affected by Postpartum Psychosis (PP). PP is a severe form of postnatal mental illness that develops, often out of the blue, in the days and weeks following childbirth. APP works with women, families, academics and specialist clinicians to: raise awareness of PP; develop information; train health professionals; facilitate research; and run an award-winning specialist peer support service.

Action on Postpartum Psychosis is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. Based on the experience required to effectively deliver the work, these roles are only open to female applicants; we are relying on a protected characteristic as a genuine occupational requirement as permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

With the Specialised Perinatal Community Mental Health Teams for the Black Country and some home-working.
£24-27k pro rata, depending on experience.
Part-time, 4 days a week (Fixed term contract)
For more information, please see the applicant information pack.

Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than two pages of A4) to together with the contact details and equality and diversity monitoring form that you can download below. The contact details form contains your consent for us to process your application and must be included.

Application deadline: Midnight on Tuesday 7th September 2021

It is anticipated interviews will be held on Wednesday 15th September and Monday 20th September 2021.

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