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Supporting transitions in child and adolescent mental health services: a rough guide to introducing peer support

Marissa Lambert (Peer Support Training Lead, based at Peer Support Training team, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK)
Rachael Matharoo (Peer Support Worker and Peer Trainer, based at Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Trust, Doncaster CAMHS, Doncaster, UK)
Emma Watson (Peer Support Worker, based at Institute of Mental Health Building, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK)
Helen Oldknow (Clinical Effectiveness Lead, based at Rotherham and Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust, Doncaster CAMHS, Doncaster, UK)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 2 December 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to share the lessons learnt during the implementation of a Peer Support Worker (PSW) pilot project within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The project aimed to reduce the barriers experienced by young people and carers during the process of transition between child and Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS).

Design/methodology/approach

The paper combines reflections of staff, PSWs and trainers in order to share the lessons that may be taken from this project. This includes a rough guide for those hoping to employ PSWs to support transitions.

Findings

The PSWs provided the vehicle to support the process of transition by empowering young people and their carers to use their strengths to facilitate a hopeful and timely transition. Recommendations regarding support for peers, staff and the organisation during the process of training and employing peers are discussed.

Research limitations/implications

The paper provides a purely reflective account of the pilot project. These reflections may provide guidance for others wishing to develop peer support positions within CAMHS so that an evidence base for the effectiveness of peer support within transitions may continue to grow.

Originality/value

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust are the first NHS Trust in the UK to employ PSWs specifically to support transitions between CAMHS and AMHS. This paper builds on the work of Oldknow et al. (2014) to highlight the first attempts to use peer support to support transitions.

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Citation

Lambert, M., Matharoo, R., Watson, E. and Oldknow, H. (2014), "Supporting transitions in child and adolescent mental health services: a rough guide to introducing peer support", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 222-231. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-05-2014-0015

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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