The peer support role in Scotland is growing, this report looks into the benefits mental health services gain when implementing peer support in their settings
Paid for and other formal peer support
Any peer support that requires a fee in order to get access. It includes peer support that is provided by professionally trained and paid facilitators who do not necessarily have personal experience of the theme being looked at. This can also include online groups that require a paid membership and/or have discussions that are regulated by trained moderators.
For the purposes of the Hub we also include peer brokerage schemes in this definition, whereby an individual is supported one to one by a peer in order to do a specific task such as apply for a disability benefit, or create a financial budget. In this instance the peer in question may be a volunteer but is likely to have had specific training in being able to provide such practical support to someone else.
The Peer Housing Support Program is a Lived Experience community-driven initiative, dedicated to providing support with, and a sense of community and belonging for, people transitioning from experiences of homelessness to safe and stable housing of their choice. The Peer Housing Support Program is a partnership between peers, peer supporters, the Coalition, and participating housing organizations. The effectiveness of peer support in recovery-informed practice is evidence-based as an integral support within health and social services.
Understanding the experience of peer support workers may be important in planning ways to mitigate challenges and sustain services. This research documents discussions with peer support workers about their roles.
This article describes the potential barriers to peer workers and ways that organisations can overcome these challenges. The paper describes findings from a study on the levers and barriers to the development of peer worker roles in two Scottish health board areas. Findings suggest that new evidence on effective implementation and cost effectiveness should be prioritised. It suggests that a policy commitment to peer working would be reinforced by not only a strengthened evidence base but also strengthened accountability mechanisms.
This toolkit provides tips and resources to help grow peer support programmes, with a particular emphasis on mental health. It contains tips for data collection and evaluation, focused on the US Medicaid context.
This resource provides guidelines for the training of peer supporters and guidelines for the practice of peer support. Both sets of guidelines are intended to provide best practice principles for more formalised peer support offerings to ensure that any programme is maintained and is sustainable.
Training peer supporters may be an important element of sustainability. This resource sets out the training programmes available in the US for paid 'peer specialists'.
These slides from a webinar set out a step by step guide on how to evaluate a peer support project using case studies to illustrate how the process works. The slides also show the importance of evaluating peer support, the components of an evaluation plan for peer programmes, tools to help measure peer services and ways to share evaluation findings.
To assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of a peer-delivered and technology supported integrated medical and psychiatric self-management intervention for older adults with serious mental illness. Ten older adults with serious mental illness (i.e., schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depressive disorder) and medical comorbidity (i.e., cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, and/or high cholesterol) aged 60 years and older received the PeerTECH intervention in their homes.
This toolkit provides tips for managing peer supporters and is particularly focused on managing people with alcohol or substance misuse issues. It focuses on how to recruit, train and supervise peer supporters as well as suggestions for record keeping. Service users were consulted when developing the guide and input was sought from public health, policy and workforce development experts.