Engagement Pack1 by HC121107052813


									                                                                                       July 2012

Dear Applicant

Thank you for requesting an application pack for the 18.5 hours per week Intervention,
Support and Prevention Worker – Engagement post.

In the pack you will find the following:

        Application form
        Job description
        Person Specification
        Organisation Profile
        Values and Principles of the Charity

When completing the application form please pay particular attention to the Aims and Outcomes
of the post, the Key Tasks and the Person Specification. In particular you will need to
highlight how you meet the Person Specification, which means you need to write on the
application form how you meet each of the essential points and any of the desirable points if you
can. This is very important as these are the qualities we are seeking in a colleague and you
need to demonstrate that you meet these and are the right candidate to be selected for

It would be beneficial to you to view our website www.thebrunswickcentre.org.uk so you can get
a feel for the charity and its work. Please note, CVs will NOT be accepted.

The closing date for completed applications is 9 am the 6th August 2012. All applications should
be submitted electronically to info@thebrunswickcentre.org.uk or posted to the Brunswick
Centre, Marten House. Fern Street East, St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield, HD1 6SB. Interviews
will be held on 28th or 29th August. In order to save resources we will only be contacting those
selected for interview. Therefore if you have not heard from us by the end of business on the
15th August you can assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the Brunswick Centre and wish you
good luck with your application.

Yours sincerely

John McKernaghan
Person Specification – Intervention, Prevention & Support Worker – Engagement

Experience              Minimum 12-months experience of               Essential
                        working with service users in a paid or
                        volunteer capacity

                        Experience of engaging service users and      Essential
                        balancing competing needs

                        Working in one-to-one and group settings      Essential

                        Providing advocacy support                    Essential

                        Offering support and information in various   Essential
                        settings and over the phone

                        Experience of working with LGBT and           Desirable
                        BME communities

                        Experience and understanding of issues        Desirable
                        impacting on people and communities
                        affected by HIV

Skills and Abilities    Good inter-personal skills including good     Essential
                        verbal, written and communication skills

                        Ability to engage and work with people        Essential
                        from difference racial and culture
                        backgrounds and sexualities

                        Ability and skill to create and embed         Essential
                        imaginative methods to encourage service
                        users to engage with and feedback on

                        Skilled and able to time manage               Essential

                        Ability to assess service user needs using    Essential
                        appropriate documentation

                        Ability and skills to engage service users    Essential
                        on a individual and collective level and
                        those excluded and/or deemed to be ‘hard
                        to reach’

                        Ability to identify when service users need   Essential
                        to be signposted and referred on to other

                        Be able to manage difficult situations and    Essential
                        competing needs

                        Skilled in managing limited resources         Essential
                         Ability to put together and deliver          Desirable
                         workshops and training on HIV and sexual
                         health and related issues

Knowledge                Basic understanding of HIV transmission      Essential
                         and prevention

                         Knowledge, understanding of and              Essential
                         commitment to confidentiality

                         Working knowledge and understanding of       Essential

                         Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing       Desirable

                         Knowledge of the local issues affecting      Desirable
                         people with HIV

                         Knowledge and understanding of the           Desirable
                         social and political context of HIV in the
                         UK and the impact of HIV on Africans,
                         Black Africans and other communities at
                         increased risk of HIV infection

Personal Attributes      A flexible approach to work and              Essential
                         willingness to work in a changing and
                         often hostile ‘political’ environment

                         Commitment to working in a team and          Essential
                         building excellent relationships with
                         colleagues internally and externally

                         Willingness to undertake shared tasks as     Essential
                         are necessary when working within a
                         small team and charity

                         Commitment to equal opportunities and        Essential
                         anti-discriminatory practice

                         Willingness to learn and be directed         Essential

                         Willingness to undertake training both       Essential
                         formal and informal

Personal Circumstances   Eligible to work in the UK                   Essential

                         Able and willing to work unsocial hours      Essential
                         and outside of normal working hours as
                         required by the post

                         Clean driving licence and access to a car    Essential
Intervention, Prevention & Support Worker – Engagement

Job Description

Post:                   Intervention, Prevention & Support Worker – Engagement

Responsible to:         Manager

Hours per week          18.5

Salary Scale:           £22,378 - £23,876 pro-rata for 18.5 hours
                        6% pension contribution paid after successful completion of probation period
                        Simply Health Fund membership

Aims and Outcomes of the post:

The main aims of the post are to:

    •   Work with colleagues to deliver services which support and empower all service users infected
        with or directly affected by HIV
       Ensure service users voices are heard and that they are engaged in all aspects of service
    •   Work collaboratively (both within the charity and with partner agencies) to ensure services meet
        the needs of service users
    •   Advocate with and for service users at an operational level
       Be the charity’s champion on service user engagement

The main outcomes the post-holder will be expected to achieve are:

    •   Service user needs met following effective needs assessment, action planning and measured
        using the outcome star tool
       Service users enabled to engage, feedback and have a voice in relation to services for people
        with HIV
    •   Engagement of service users (individually and collectively) so that services for people with HIV
        are improved, developed and sustained within the charity and other organisaitons and agencies
    •   Effective voluntary sector support and advocacy services delivered across Calderdale and

Key Tasks

   • Accept new referrals, directly from service users and from other professionals
   • Undertake needs assessments and action planning with service users and measuring outcomes
        using the outcome star measurement tool
   • Working with colleagues, facilitate drop-ins and group work which encourages service user
        inclusion and participation
   • Advocate for and with service users so that their needs are met both by the charity and from other
        service providers
    Work with colleagues to ensure safeguarding is sustained within the organisation, working with
        the Manager and other colleagues to ensure it is embedded within the ethos of the charity
   • Work with service users in a non-descriptive and non-judgmental way so that their well-being is
        enhanced on a physical and mental health level
    Work in a flexible way including some evening and weekend working
   •   Provide advice and support including safer sex, HlV prevention and living well with HIV to service
       users in one-to-one, group and telephone settings
   •   Keep service users records up-to-date
   •   Monitor and evaluate services and service uptake
   •   Provide training on HIV and sexual health to service users, other colleagues and professionals

    Take the lead on delivering the charity’s engagement strategy for people with HIV
    Working with the Manager and colleagues to periodically review the charity’s service user and
      carer engagement policy
    Provide prompt service user involvement advice and input to colleagues and the organization
    Ensure the staff team understand the engagement process and how it contributes to the
      development of services and service delivery
    Project manage and design service user and carer engagement projects

   • Attend and contribute to staff and other team meetings
    Provide written and verbal reports as requested by the manger, including reports to the Board of
        Trustees, Funders and others as required
    Represent the charity at external events
    Ensure confidentiality is maintained
    Abide by the polices and procedures of the charity
    Build and maintain professional relationships with other agencies and professionals
    Take responsibility for own time management and prioritisation of workload
    Participate in supervision, appraisal and training opportunities as required and appropriate
    Maintain professional boundaries with service users
    Work across all of Calderdale and Kirklees
    Work in accordance with the vision, values and principles of the charity
    Challenge existing knowledge, current poor practice and be open to be challenged by others
    Develop productive working relationships within the staff team, the wider organisation and to act
        to minimize interpersonal conflict
    This list is not exhaustive and there may be other duties commensurate with the grade of the post
The Brunswick Centre

Values and Principles

The Brunswick Centre is committed to working towards the improved sexual health, reduction in HIV
transmission and support and advocacy of those living with HIV across Kirklees and Calderdale.

In order to achieve this the Brunswick Centre will work in partnership both operationally and strategically.

Moreover the charity will advocate and campaign to ensure the improved sexual health of all and will not
be prescriptive with its sexual health promotion and HIV prevention messages (written and verbal).

To achieve this the charity expects those who work with and for the Brunswick Centre to demonstrate that
they can represent and promote the following values and principles of the charity:


Value each person as an individual

Act in a way that does not discriminate or oppress on the grounds of race, gender, ability, sexual
orientation, age, health status, immigration status, religion and/or economic status etc.

Ensure confidentiality is explained, including its limitations

Allow people to make their own informed choices around their sexual health, sexuality and well-being
unless their welfare or that of others is threatened

Understand the potential for conflict between communities and individuals


Ensure services and individual interaction/s with service users improves their welfare

Ensure the charity’s resources are used to the best effect so that the welfare of individual service users
and services as a whole are improved

Social Justice

Encourage respect for diversity through service delivery and polices

Challenge discrimination and social injustice

Professional Principles

Recognise and draw the distinction between being supportive and caring relationships and the need to
maintain an appropriate professional relationship

Not to develop close personal and/or sexual relationships with people we work with
Take care not to create dependency or co-dependency

Avoid gate keeping and holding on to service users

Signpost, refer and collaborate with other agencies and workers for the benefit of service users
                               The Brunswick Centre Organisational Flow Chart From July 2010

                                                                   Trustee Board


Prevention     Prevention    Intervention,   Intervention,      Intervention,      Well-being    Counselling   Volunteer &   Business &
Worker –       Worker –      Support &       Support &          Support &          coordinator   coordinator   Peer          Performance
Inequalities   Communities   Prevention      Prevention         Prevention                                     Support       manager
               at risk       worker –        worker –           worker –                                       worker
                             self- care      families           engagement

                                                             Sessional Workers

                                                        Volunteers and Peer Supporters
The Brunswick Centre Organisational Profile

The Brunswick Centre is a voluntary sector registered charity (charity number 1015450) and Company Limited by
Guarantee (Company number 2764525). It was established in 1989 as a community response to HIV.

The charity provides a range of sexual health and HIV services across Calderdale and Kirkless. Core funding is
provided via a Contact and Service Level Agreement with The local Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities.

The Trustees/Directors delegate authority to the Manager for the day to day operational needs of the charity and how
the service is delivered.

The charity is community based and targets its work via two service teams. The Support team provides services to
people living with or directly affected by HIV. The Prevention team provides sexual health promotion and HIV
prevention services to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men and to Black Africans and other groups at
increased risk of HIV infection.

In Calderdale the charity administers the condom distribution scheme for the Primary Care Trust.

The charity is a key stakeholder locally and is linked into sexual health and HIV strategies and various strategic
groups and networks designed to improve sexual health and HIV services across Calderdale and Kirklees.

Staff provide training locally to a variety of organisations and sectors on HIV, sexual health and sexuality issues.

There is a core staff team supported by sessional workers and volunteers.

A variety of services are provided including group and drop-in work run on a weekly bias. All services are confidential
and the charity works to assert and advocate the needs and rights of service users.

The charity works with various partners across sectors at a local, regional and national level.
Calderdale and Kirklees are multicultural and multiracial areas. There is mix of urban and rural areas with some parts
of both areas experiencing high deprivation. Moreover recent arrivals to the UK have settled locally including people
seeking asylum.

Both service user groups face challenges, stigma and discrimination because of the social taboos that surround HIV
and sexual identity. The persistence of stigma and discrimination towards both people with HIV and men who have
sex with men means the operational and strategic work of the Brunswick Centre needs to continue and develop.

Furthermore the sustained levels of HIV amongst those social groups most affected and the complexity of the health
and social care needs of those infected with HIV means the charity needs to continue to advocate with and for
service users.

Further information on the work of the charity can be obtained via the Brunswick Centre website



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therefore not entitled to withhold information about convictions which, for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provisions of the
Act. In the event of employment, failure to disclose any such convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action being
taken by the Charity. Any information given will be treated as confidential and will be considered only in relation to an
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