18. Peer Support for People with Physical Health Conditions
Whilst most peer support practice, research and publications have focused on peer support by and for people with mental health problems, informal support between people who have shared experiences has always occurred across the whole spectrum of health and social care settings. There is, however, no existing guidance for the employment, training or role definition of peer support workers who focus on physical health problems either in physical health settings, or with people who also have mental health conditions.
The questions that 18 ImROC Peer Support Physical Health Briefing Paper seeks to address are:
- Whether and how mental health peer support can be extended to address the physical health of people with mental health problems.
- Whether formal or intentional peer support has been introduced in physical health services (statutory, voluntary or private), whether it is beneficial, how it differs from mental health peer
support and what additional training might be required.