Peer support isn’t something new. In fact, its roots can be traced back to the eighteenth century, when asylums would employ former patients (Watson, 2019), due to the empathetic way they would interact with other patients, as a result of their shared lived experiences.
As things have progressed, and recovery now involves supporting individuals to makes sense of what has happened and emphasises resilience and control over one’s life - as opposed to only focusing on full symptom resolution - peer support is fast becoming an integral addition to mental health services.
At Nottinghamshire Healthcare we put personal recovery at the heart of all we do. As peer support workers (PSWs) model recovery, by offering a lived example of the possibility of progression and growth, we employ and train a number of individuals to work in various clinical teams across many localities.
In mental health services, peer support work encompasses a range of approaches through which people with lived experience of distress and recovery support each other. This support might be social, emotional or practical. However, peer support workers make use of knowledge in their work, gained from their own personal experiences. This results in a different type of engagement and connection with people who use services, when compared to non-peer staff.
Peer support workers (PSWs) work within multi-disciplinary teams (alongside doctors, nurses, psychologists etc.) found across our services. If you, or a loved one, are referred to one of these services, you will be given the choice of whether or not you would like to work with one of our PSWs. If you make the decision to work with one of our PSWs, they could support you in the following ways:
Our six hour online course has been developed for people with experience of mental health challenges, or caring for others with similar difficulties, and who want to explore how to use their experiences to support other people.
The course is delivered over two days and is subject to availability. Students will experience presentations, group work, discussions and creative activities.
The course is particularly useful for people who are looking to find out more about peer support, and who are considering applying for positions where they explicitly draw on their lived experience. The course is co-produced, co-facilitated and co-reviewed by experienced peer support workers and peer trainers, in addition to other professionals who are experienced with working in recovery focussed ways and in recovery and wellbeing education.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
To find out about our next training courses and to check for available places please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a result of the growth and need for peer support, more and more vacancies are becoming available which are advertised through our Trust recruitment website which can be accessed here. Vacancies are advertisied throughout the year. Please check back if there are no vacancies currently out to advert.
To be eligible to apply for any advertised vacancies, you will need to meeting the following criteria, You need to:
For successful applicants, we have developed an additional comprehensive training package to support them to skilfully use their experience of mental health, trauma or distress to support people who might be up against similar challenges.
Additional training cover things such as:
Our Peer Development Team are responsible for overseeing the Trust’s formalised recruitment, training and development of all peer support workers. If you would like to learn more about Peer Support at Nottinghamshire Healthcare please contact us at:
General email: email@example.com.
The Trust's Peer Support Development Team consists of the following people:
Interim Peer Support Development Lead
Peer Support Development Worker
Peer Support Development Worker