This 10-part thought piece, commissioned by Health Education England, on how to implement lived experience in mental health and the criminal justice system. They are designed to be thought-provoking and offer perspectives on critical issues regarding Peer Support Workers and the wider health and social care system. The aim is to make a helpful contribution to understanding, planning and expanding the presence of Peer Support Workers in health and care settings.
This will take you on a journey that has been developed by Making Change studios with associates Sameer Iqbal & Jay Arnold on their experience of living in the criminal justice system and suffering mental health and addiction issues.
The podcasts cover:
• The journey of becoming a successful peer worker in criminal justice system and mental health
• The successful transition into substantive NHS posts, including participation in regional and national initiatives that help, and promote the value of lived experience and future career developments.
• Involvement from service users who have connected with peer workers to understand what difference the role made, and those of NHS managers and commissioners to explore how PSW have helped sustain engagement with hard to engage individuals, and how that is a valuable asset to service provision.
This is real ‘on the job’ experience by members on a team and local commissioners that have successfully implemented system change for the best of the service and to service users.