Developing peer support for long term conditions: final report

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Mental Health Foundation (London, England)
Publisher
Mental Health Foundation
Date of publication
1 October 2012
Subject(s)
Health Services, Mental health services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This is the final report of the Developing peer support for long term conditions project. The purpose of this project was to take forward the findings from the feasibility study with the aim to: raise the credibility of peer support in long term conditions; increase access to peer support in long term conditions; improve the quality of peer support delivered and the support/supervision provided to those peer workers; influence the development of peer support in long term conditions to ensure that it has a mental health and wellbeing focus and meets the needs identified in the feasibility study; and to gain resources and support to develop peer support. The project was conducted through networking events, peer support training programmes, local development support, guidance and an online networking and information sharing resource.

All project milestones were achieved and exceeded partners expectations, and results from the evaluation indicate that our project activities were successful and meeting the needs of those participating. It is clear that whilst considerable progress has been made through the project, there is still a significant distance to travel in terms of making sure peer support services for people with long term conditions are widely available across Scotland and organisations are equipped with the skills and knowledge with which to develop such responses. Consequently the the report makes a series of recommendations for future development drawn from the project evaluation.