Framing the Future for Peer Support

Ted Hill Blog, Mental Health Network


Framing the Future

A new Framework is to be designed across Wessex to support organisations providing or considering providing Mental Health Peer Support.

Colleagues from the statutory and voluntary sectors, housing, academia and other key partners are coming together at the Novotel, Southampton on Thursday 24 January to start work to co–design and produce a Peer Support Framework.

The objectives of the day are to:

  • Capture the current position in relation to peer support workers and scope existing expertise, experience and resources
  • Explore the key elements of an effective peer support framework
  • Identify the work needed to develop a consistent, evidence based framework that builds on existing strength and resources
  • Agree an action plan to take plans forward

The event will be facilitated by Dr Julie Repper. Julie is Director of ImROC working in partnership with communities to develop systems, services and cultures that support recovery and wellbeing for all. Julie is also joint editor of the Journal of Mental Health and Social Inclusion and recently retired from being Recovery Lead at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

In addition to this, at the same event a new Mental Health Peer Support Network will be launched. Outputs from the specialist conference, highlighting real life examples from organisations who already provide a peer support service, will be used to design a new region wide framework – further improving the local care available to patients suffering with mental health illness.

Valuable Peer Support in Mental Health

The value of peer support in mental health has been well researched and it is recognised that the role of Peer Support Workers can help lead to a reduction in the number of patients requiring admission to hospital. People who suffer from anxiety, addiction, depression, dementia, bereavement and divorce may all benefit from the help a Peer Support Worker can provide.

Ted Hill, Mental Health Quality Improvement lead for Wessex Clinical Senate and Strategic Clinical Networks said: ” The Framework for Wessex goes hand in hand with the developing Peer Support Network in Hampshire and Isle of Wight. The event is already over-subscribed and I am looking forward to the day and building on the hard work already taken place locally.”