A year after introducing ‘peer supporters’ into mental health and disability services across Cumbria, teams at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) are reflecting on their success.

Explaining what a Peer Supporter can bring to a clinical service, Peer Support Operational Manager Faye Atkinson said: “Every Peer Supporter’s role is a little bit different, particularly depending on what type of service they are part of. Some Peer’s work with Carer’s and have developed peer led carer support groups, as well as making individual calls to carers to check on their wellbeing. They might offer visits to people who we are supporting in the community. Some help service users to engage with care planning, to ensure they’re involved in steering their own treatment.

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