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LPT to recruit mental health peer support workers

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) will recruit people with experience of mental health issues as dedicated peer support staff for service users.

This new role is just one of the improvements LPT is looking to introduce as part of its current transformation of mental health and learning disability services.

The peer support workers will be able to use their personal experiences of mental health issues and services to bring hope to current service users and empower them to feel confident to work towards recovery and live independently where possible.

There will be one peer support worker recruited for each community mental health team towards the end of autumn 2019, as well as further roles recruited to work in other LPT mental health services.

The first cohort of training took place at LPT in July 2019.

What is a peer support worker?

A peer support worker is someone who has their own experience of mental health challenges and who usually has received support from secondary mental health services. Peer support workers have perspective and understand what it takes to recover and live well with mental health conditions.

This personal experience can help others on their recovery journey, through promoting hope and providing support based on common experiences. Peer workers are recruited because of their journey, experiences and their passion to support others.

A peer support worker is;

• Someone who is employed specifically as a result of their experience

• Someone with lived experience of mental health challenges

• Someone who has the ability to share their journey with others

• Someone who can motivate, inspire and encourage others

What qualities do you need to become a peer worker?

Peer workers need to be able to:

• Work with people collaboratively, allowing people to lead their own journey and make their own choices

• Inspire hope for a person receiving services and encourage them to believe in their potential and strengths

• Value individuality; accept people for who they are and where they are at

• Be free of judgement and assumptions about a person and their experiences

• Be committed to supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing

• Be able to recall and share their own mental health experiences to inspire recovery in the lives of others

More information?

For more information please contact LPT Community Development Leader Teresa Spilsbury via the email address above or call 0755 749 8007.

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