Meet the team: Peer Carers Co-facilitate Carer Self-Management Courses #pc-smc
Deputy Director of Strategy and Commercial
South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
- England - London (South)
- Nathifa Douet - Rethink National Groups Manager
- Jeremy Coutinho - Recovery College Manager, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
- Miles Rinaldi - Recovery Lead, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust
What is the challenge or opportunity you are focussing on? (200 words)
The challenge we are focussing on is to co-produce and then deliver self-management courses by training carers to act as peer trainers . We aim to help carers to overcome challenges they may face when trying to look after themselves as well as another person.
People with mental health conditions have a wider context to their lives than simply being a ‘patient’ or a diagnosis. It’s critical to their recovery that they receive support when needed to maintain their networks of supportive family and friends.
Carers need to change their lifestyle in order to support and/or take responsibility for another person who is experiencing mental health problems. These carers might not live with the person and might not contribute to daily support but are still concerned, involved and affected by the well-being of the person concerned.
Educating people about their conditions and supporting self-management are important components of NICE clinical guidelines (NICE, 2014; 2006) and are effective ways to promote empowerment (and to build knowledge and confidence to participate in shared decision-making).
Your proposal (250 words)
To co-design peer trainer training for people with lived experience of mental health to deliver Recovery College courses including carers and self-management courses delivered by carers groups.
This proposal is collaboration between a Mental Health Trust, Rethink and local carers organisations:
- South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust established the first Recovery College in the UK. Recovery College provide information, resources and self-management education to develop people’s strengths, and enabling people to understand their challenges and how they can best manage. Its courses are delivered by peer tutors (with lived experience of mental health and/or a carer) and professional tutors have experience of being a mental health or health professional.
- Rethink, a national mental health carer’s charity, and local carer centres, are seeking to develop the training and opportunities for carers through their local support group networks.
Our proposal will overcome an identified unmet need for suitably trained and supported carers to play a similarly active role in the design and delivery of courses and support for other carers for both the Recovery College and carers support groups.
Our proposal is to increase carer influence and control measured through delivering the following work packages:
- Co-produce new carers Recovery College and carers self-management courses with ReThink and other carers groups
- Co-produce and deliver a Train the Trainer two day programme for both Recovery College and carers self-management courses
- Develop an accreditation and evaluation process
- Feedback to Q Community on how Recovery College and carers self-management courses can be applied to long-term condition management
What is the benefit you hope to achieve? (150 words)
By developing mental health carers as peer trainers and facilitators we expect the following benefits:
Greater number and range of carers to support Recovery College and carers support session groups leading to greater opportunity to benefit from these courses.
Improved quality of life, self-efficacy, trust and empowerment, and reduced system use.
Greater number and range of trained to co-deliver Recovery College both carer focused and other courses
More carers trained to deliver support group sessions by ReThink and other carers groups
Opportunity to for carers peer training and delivery of courses
Improvements in health and wellbeing through a better understanding of the issues and ways to overcome them
An accreditation and evaluation process for carers delivering Recovery College and support session groups.
Measures of benefits
Number and range of carers trained
Impact of carers courses on patient and carer
Reductions in mental health use
What benefits do you expect for the Q community (100 words)
A ‘best practice’ model for peer trainers and facilitators development which can be applied to other areas and extending the principles to long-term condition management
An accreditation and evaluation process for carers
We will share blogs, highlight to our local and other Q networks.
We will also offer placement opportunities and visits for Q members to learn and contribute to the project.
We also aim to generate additional interest from service users in becoming Q members
Evidence of the benefits to patients, staff, NHS services voluntary sector services
How you can contribute
- Advice on a valid activation measure(s) to assess impact on carer influence and control through involvement and co-production
- Advice on accreditation for the carer peer training programme/ course