This report sets out the evidence for peer support and its benefits. It describes the key features of effective peer support programmes and what is needed to implement these at both strategic and operational levels. It explores how the impact and effectiveness of peer support programmes can be evaluated.
This poster briefly describes work by two projects sponsored by the Health Foundation to introduce peer support workers (with experience of using mental health services) into a mental health trust and Care Navigators (with experience of homelessness) into an acute trust. The projects focussed on learning how to implement these new roles which had been described in the literature, but little tested in practice.
This briefing paper sets out a definition of peer support, the different forms it can take, the principles that underpin it and the benefits. Although focused on mental health, it will be useful to audiences beyond mental health.
This report explores how peer support can help people focus on their assets and abilities, rejecting the standard illness model in favour of a focus on self-efficacy and hope.