Supported Self-Management Peer Support

LTP Priority: Personalised Care

Population Intervention Triangle: Segments (link to Section 1 PHE PBA): Service

Type of Interventions: Personalised Care. Supported Self-Management Peer Support

Major driver of health inequalities in your area of work

management. Peer support may be formal or informal: it can be delivered by trained peer support staff and volunteers, or through more informal, ad hoc support among peers with lived experience.

The Supported self-management summary guide is a best practice guide aimed at people and organisations leading local implementation of supported self-management. It provides advice and resources to support the implementation of supported self-management approaches.


There are many medical diagnoses that are associated with a low socioeconomic level.  For example, type 2 diabetes.  It has also been demonstrated that peer support can deliver improved health outcomes for those groups.  Targeting peer support at people from lower socioeconomic levels can therefore reduce health inequalities.

Other examples include SMI

More generally, a literature review of over 1,000 research studies found peer support can help people feel more knowledgeable, confident and happy, and less isolated and alone. See: National Voices and Nesta (2015), Peer support: what is it and does it work?

Guidance for Commissioners

FutureNHS from July 2019 as part of the Supported Self-Management summary guide

National Voices and Nesta (2015), Peer support: what is it and does it work?