Glenn Roberts from our board shares a few thoughts on peer support and announces an ImROC ‘open debate’ in June.

We’re aware that a major strand of developing ‘recovery-focused’ approaches is to value the knowledge and skills that arise from people managing to transform their lived experience of mental health struggles into expertise, through which they can offer support and encouragement to others.

One of the major service initiatives that draws upon this is that of developing Peer Support Worker roles and this has begun in Devon.

However this is undoubtedly a complex undertaking and there’s a lot to learn if it is to fulfil it’s potential, be sustainable and grow into a peer workforce.

Development of peer support workers in adult mental health services in the UK has been led by the ImROC initiative and they have held annual ‘critical debates’ to bring all interested parties together and create an opportunity for updates and sharing of what’s been and what’s being learned. This will be of particular interest to any thinking of working in such roles and those training, supporting and managing such services.

The next of these in on June 22nd and is being hosted by Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Trust. For more details download the PDF below.

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