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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 a number of trained 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:
As a result of the growth and need for peer support, we have developed a comprehensive training package for people who are interested in developing the necessary skills to use their experience of mental health, trauma or distress to support people who might be up against similar challenges.
However, it isn’t all about just having lived experience. The training requires all trainee peer support workers to undertake 10 full days of classroom training and a thirty hour observed clinical placement. During this time, trainee PSWs will cover things such as:
Completion of the course prepares people well to apply for employment in the role of peer support worker when posts become available within the Trust.
Our Peer Development Team are responsible for overseeing the Trust’s formalised recruitment, training and development of all peer support workers.
The team consists of five people:
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