Peer support

Peer support is a range of approaches through which people with similar long-term conditions or health experiences support each other to better understand the conditions and aid recovery or self-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 Community capacity and peer support guide includes a common framework for developing formal and informal peer support options and how to put them into practice.

National Voices has launched a Peer Support Hub an online bank of high quality resources for people looking to measure, evaluate, sustain and grow different types of peer support.

More information about the successful implementation of peer support, can be found in the Realising the Value Programme, which was commissioned by NHS England.