£30k being invested into developing local peer-led services  

28 December 2016

30,000 is being invested into new peer support roles at CWP to better support people with their mental health care and recovery.

The money was awarded to the Trust by Health Education England North West, as part of its programme  for supporting  workforce transformation, supporting a bid to test new and enhanced  working practices. So far, seven people have been trained and recruited into peer support volunteer roles to work alongside people who access our services and health professionals. The money will be used to develop and deliver accredited training for over 30 more peer support roles by the end of 2017.

National evidence and local experience has demonstrated that support from a ‘peer’, someone who has personal lived experience of similar health conditions, can have a hugely positive impact on patient experience and well-being. The support is available for people who access mental health services and is in addition to clinical support from health professionals.

Simon Hough, CWP’s first peer support volunteer, co- chair of the Trust steering group and lead trainer, says: “I have lived with schizophrenia for most of my life so have first-hand experience that I can draw on to give hope and support to others. Being a peer support volunteer is massively rewarding and is also beneficial to my well-being. It has given me my confidence back and helps me to help others get the support they need.”

Avril Devaney, CWP Director of Nursing and Therapies, says: “This funding will help us to make this invaluable support more widely available. What’s important for CWP is that people with lived experience are integral to   shaping, guiding and developing this work so that it is truly co-produced and person-centred.”

Ken Edwards, from CWP Clinical Education, says: “With an emphasis on building confidence and communication skills, the Peer Support role has potential to become a pathway into employment for people who are looking for this. After completing the training and building their confidence and skills two peer support volunteers have already gone on to secure full time employment.”

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