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Peer Support Workers’ Experience of an Intentional Peer Support Scheme on an Acute Psychiatric Ward

Stone, N, Warren, FM and Napier, C (2010) Peer Support Workers’ Experience of an Intentional Peer Support Scheme on an Acute Psychiatric Ward Journal of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 7 (1). pp. 93-102.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study which formed part of a multi-perspective evaluation of an Intentional Peer Support scheme within an adult acute psychiatric inpatient setting. The objectives of the evaluation were twofold. Firstly, to explore the experience of Peer Support Workers (PSW) in their new role and, secondly, to examine the extent to which peer support may contribute towards recovery-based practice within the context of the NHS. PSWs were recruited by a mental health charity for the purpose of the scheme within an inner city borough. The study employed a qualitative methodology. Two focus groups were conducted with PSWs. The findings highlighted that participants described both positive aspects, such as personal growth and adaptation, and challenges in relation to their new role as PSW. Initial challenges, particularly around working relationships with staff, were subsequently overcome during the study period. These findings contribute towards developing an evidence base for the value of the Intentional Peer Support services within the context of recovery-based NHS mental health services.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Stone, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Warren, FMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Napier, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2010
Identification Number : 10.5920/mhldrp.2010.7193.
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Additional Information : 2010 CC-BY
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 20 May 2015 09:06
Last Modified : 20 May 2015 09:06
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804154

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