Peer workers in mental health services: literature overview

Gillard, Steve and Holley, Jessica (2014) Peer workers in mental health services: literature overview. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 20 (4) . pp. 286-292. ISSN 1355-5146 [Article] (doi:10.1192/apt.bp.113.011940)


Peer worker roles are being introduced in mental health services in the UK and internationally, to support individuals in their recovery. There is substantial qualitative evidence that demonstrates benefits at an individual level and some evidence of impact on service use and costs, although there are currently few high-quality randomised controlled trials supporting these findings, especially from the UK. A growing body of research indicates that careful consideration of organisational issues regarding the introduction of peer worker roles – the distinctiveness and shared expectations of the role, strategic alignment, organisational support – might maximise their impact. Properly supported and valued peer workers are an important resource to the multidisciplinary team, offering experiential knowledge and the ability to engage patients in their treatment through building relationships of trust based on shared lived experience.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 19534
Depositing User: Jess Holley
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2016 10:54
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:30

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