Programme

9:00Registration
9:30Performance
Danny Bowyer, Training Lead of ImROC
9:40Welcome
Julian Eve, Executive Director of ImROC, Business, People and Communications
9:45How can we influence Mental Health Executive leaders to recognise and support peer support?   
Sean Duggan, CEO, Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation
10:00What is peer support? 
Lisa Archibald, Co-Director of Intentional Peer Support
10.15The current landscape of peer support and visions of possibility
for the future 
Julie Repper, Executive Director of ImROC, Strategy, Innovation and Development
10.30Developing the role, influence and status of peer support in Victoria, Australia 
Emma Cadogan, Manager, Lived Experience Policy, Mental Health and Wellbeing Division Department of Health, Victoria
10.40A call for a national strategy 
Emma Watson, Peer Development Lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare and Senior Peer Consultant of ImROC
10.50How can we engage VCSE organisations providing peer support to influence the agenda and maintain grassroots expertise 
Kathy Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Mental Health Providers
11:00Break
11:40Employment models and roles of Peer Support Workers 
Peer Support Workers have many different roles depending on who they support and where they are located. This session offers three different perspectives on this subject

  • Peer Support Workers employed outside mental health services to offer support and influence agenda (Sarah Rose and Becky Aldridge, Dorset Recovery Forum)
  • Peer Support Workers employed within services to offer support and influence culture and practice (Deb Owen, Sussex NHS FT Trust)
  • Human Dignity is a sacred – who are we if we can’t preserve it? Reflections on a system and its possibilities (Aman Ahluwalia-Hinrichs, Founder of Birthing Ourselves)
  • Discussions
12:05Training, supervision and support 
We are all aware of HEE competency framework and funding for peer training. What training is on offer? Is this appropriate, adequate, and effective?

  • Peer development pathway (Danny Bowyer and Poppy Repper, Training Leads, ImROC)
  • Peer support apprenticeships (Daniel Chin, Paragon Client Relationship Manager)
  • Meeting the wider training needs of Peer Support Workers
(Heather Tattersall, Deputy CEO, The Cellar Trust)
12.25The Art of the Possible: What can we do to drive forwards the development of an expanded and fully supported peer workforce?
Claire Murdoch, CEO CNWL, National Director of Mental Health
12:40Lunch
13:30Workshops

  1. How can we influence policy makers, commissioners and managers so that far more PSWs are commissioned and employed across all sectors in the system? 
(Steve Shrubb and Julian Eve)
  2. Disrupting hierarchies in formal peer support – what can we learn from the voices and experiences of diverse and historically marginalised wisdom? (Aman Ahluwalia-Hinrichs)
  3. Peer-led visions for transformation: exploring the importance of spirituality frameworks for understanding and supporting people through challenging times (Katie Mottram and Ronan Benson)
  4. Beyond Mental Health: exploring where other opportunities lie in order to increase the reach of peer support (Liz Walker and Jane Rennison)
  5. Do we need a peer support ‘body’ that can represent Peer Support Workers; develop occupational standards, rights and protection in the same way as other ‘professions’? (Mel Ball and Emma Watson)
  6. How can organisations better support Peer Support Worker employees? (Danny Bowyer and Deb Owen)
15:30Break
15:50Feedback from Workshops  
All six workshop facilitators to join a panel to feedback on the headlines and
solutions discussed.
16:00The vital importance of peer support working
A personal view – from Danny Bowyer, Training Lead of ImROC
16:10Next Steps and Future Plans
Julie Repper, Executive Director of ImROC, Strategy, Innovation and Development
16:30Close

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