Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will celebrate the graduation of 21 Peer Support Workers on Thursday, 1 October, at Number 47, St Giles Street, Norwich. The Trust currently employs 23 Peer Support Workers, who have become valuable additions to the Trust’s workforce as they are employed specifically due to their lived experience of mental health issues - either personally or as a carer. They complement the Trust’s mental health worker expertise with their experience and knowledge in personal recovery journeys. Justine Brown, Peer Support Worker Co-ordinator, said: “The Trust’s Peer Support Worker training course has been specifically developed around understanding and living well with mental health issues. All the courses delivered in Norfolk and Suffolk have been co-produced and are attended by service users, carers and professionals in the service. “The majority of students who have completed their training have successfully become peer support workers, and have either just started or are about to begin employment within our Trust."
The graduation ceremony will take place from 10am to 12noon. Dr Jane Sayer, the Trust’s Director of Nursing, will present students and peer tutors certificates of achievement.