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Does it work ?

The evidence base is mixed in terms of quality and outcomes. However, there are strong indicators that peer mentor interventions have positive potential at individual (e.g. increased personal recovery and quality of life) and organisational levels (e.g. cost effectiveness, development of recovery focused services) leading to the recent growth of the role in NHS mental health services.

For example: Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust have offered employment to 60 Peer Mentors whilst Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust employs over 50.

Many organisations employ peers as trainers, in volunteer bank and mentoring posts across a range of services, for example in:

  • Adult Inpatient, Crisis & Community Services
  • Older Adult Services

Recovery Colleges