National Voices announces the launch of a Peer Support Hub

Fri, 18 May 2018

In January 2019, National Voices will launch a Peer Support Hub that brings together high quality resources for providing peer support for health and wellbeing.

We’re on a mission to make quality peer support resources easier to find.

After months of scoping, we’re excited to announce that we will be launching a Peer Support Hub here, on the National Voices website, in January 2019.

The Peer Support Hub aims to help and improve the development of peer support programmes by making it easier to find and compare relevant sources of information around different types of peer support.

The Peer Support Hub is supported by The Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

Commenting on the announcement, Hannah Chalmers, Policy and Public Affairs Lead at National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities in England, said:

“We know peer support works and is highly valued. The problem is that the people running peer support groups and projects often struggle to find the evidence they need to get their work commissioned. It can also be tricky to grow peer support groups.

“The evidence exists and there are tools out there, but they are sometimes buried. By bringing them together in one place we can help people find exactly what they need. We also hope that our hub can promote peer support far more generally and make sure it is considered as part of a wider wellbeing pathway.”

The Hub will be monitored by a working group made up of experts from various fields to do with peer support.

Sign up to our peer support mailing list to be the first to hear about news and updates on the Hub, or get in touch with us by emailing peersupport@nationalvoices.org.uk

Useful background information

  • In 2015 National Voices and Nesta published an evidence paper showing that peer support has the potential to improve experience, psycho-social outcomes, behaviour, health outcomes and service use among people with long-term physical and mental health conditions.
  • Peer support was one of the interventions studied on the ‘Realising the Value’ programme which was delivered by Nesta, the Health Foundation and National Voices (amongst others), and ran from May 2015 to November 2016.
  • NHS England’s Five Year Forward View refers to peer support as one of the ‘slow burn, high impact’ interventions that should be seen as ‘essential’ to the future of the NHS. If accountable care organisations are developed, provision of peer support will be a standard contractual requirement.
  • National Voices, the Q Improvement Lab, Mind and Positively UK have been scoping a way to gather quality peer support resources since last year through a series of surveys and workshops. The Hub is the end project of this scoping.

Contact

For any enquiries contact Laura Bell, Communications and Engagement Officer, on 020 3176 0735 or email laura.bell@nationalvoices.org.uk

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