To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

Exploring the impact of peer support in early intervention in psychosis

Hannah White (Rehabilitation Team, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Worcester, UK)
Laura Price (Early Intervention in Psychosis, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Worcester, UK)
Tom Barker (Worcester CMHT, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Worcester, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Article publication date: 10 April 2017

378

Abstract

Purpose

Peer support (PS) has, over recent years, been implemented across a variety of NHS adult mental health settings. In November 2015, peer support workers (PSW) were introduced to an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIS) in the Midlands. The purpose of this paper is to focus on organisational factors, asking how do PS impact on an early intervention in psychosis multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

Design/methodology/approach

Six EIS MDT members participated in an hour-long focus group. The data were analysed using thematic analysis, in line with a qualitative methodology (Braun and Clarke, 2006).

Findings

Two themes were generated, including “The values of PS” (consisting of three sub-themes: improving service engagement; personal qualities; and the peer relationship); and “The peer support role” (consisting of three sub-themes: living experience; boundaries; and alternative perspectives). Findings imply that PS in the current EIS related to: improved service engagement and greater understanding between service providers and users; which could be linked to better outcomes for service users (such as reduced duration of untreated psychosis (DUP)).

Originality/value

It has been suggested that PSWs facilitate an improved understanding between service providers and service users (Repper and Watson, 2012). However, research into organisational and team benefits of PS is lacking, with a need for more exploration (Repper, 2013). The current study begins to address the lack of literature regarding the organisational impact of PS, and even further regarding early intervention.

Keywords

Citation

White, H., Price, L. and Barker, T. (2017), "Exploring the impact of peer support in early intervention in psychosis", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 102-109. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-12-2016-0036

Publisher

:

Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2017, Emerald Publishing Limited

Related articles