"Peer Support Worker training"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

On the 16th September 2013, I began my first day of Peer Support Training. I was very apprehensive to begin with, knowing I’d be meeting new people. We shortly began team building exercises to ease the suspense. After the initial day, I was overwhelmed with information and we were assured that any part of the training we were unsure about, would be clarified in the next sessions.

We all bonded together well on the course, thanks to the confidence building activities.

All of us passed our presentations, which required a certain amount of preparation. For me, it wasn’t as easy as I anticipated as it brought up old memories. The fact that we were divided into groups, made it easier to deal with my inner emotions.

A large thanks have to go to Neville Wood, Mat, Nicky Bennett and Emma for making our course so interesting and helping us realise our full potential!

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you so much for your kind and positive feedback about the Peer Support Worker training. Having just finished our latest training cohort we have now trained 85 people in Peer Worker skills. The training is accredited through the Open University, 20 credits at level 4 and is an informative, fun experiential learning programme which trains peers to use their unique peer skills. Congratulations to every who successfully completed the course and we are currently recruiting for the next training which starts on the 14th January 2014.

Neville Wood

Peer Support Service

Nottingham Recovery College

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