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Tokenistic or genuinely effective? Exploring the views of voluntary sector staff regarding the emerging peer support worker role in mental health.

Kilpatrick, Emma, Keeney, Sinead and McCauley, Claire Odile (2017) Tokenistic or genuinely effective? Exploring the views of voluntary sector staff regarding the emerging peer support worker role in mental health. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24 . pp. 503-512. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpm.12391/full

DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12391

Abstract

AbstractAim: Peer Support Worker (PSW) roles are gaining recognition internationally as a valuable component in mental health service delivery. The aim of this study was to explore the views of mental health voluntary sector staff regarding the emergence of this role.Method: A qualitative research design was used. A purposive sample was employed. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 10 staff members in various positions in two voluntary mental health organisations. Interview transcripts were analysed thematically. Results: Views varied on the PSW role with some participants stating that it was tokenistic; whereas others highlighted the value of its contribution. Participants’ expressed concerns regarding professional boundaries and organisational cultural challenges that PSWs may encounter in their role. The provision of reasonable adjustments was recommended as an integral support mechanism.Conclusion: Successful integration of the PSW requires careful consideration of the role, the workplace environment and the unique needs of the peer, in order to prevent the role becoming constrained and diluted. Implications for practice: The PSW role may impact the traditional delivery of mental health nursing services. It is, therefore, essential that nurses are cognisant of these potential challenges to successfully facilitate the integration of PSWs in practice.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Mental Health, Lived Experience, Peer Support, Interviews, Qualitative
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness Research Centre
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Person-centred Practice Research Centre
ID Code:37632
Deposited By: Miss Claire McCauley
Deposited On:11 May 2017 14:07
Last Modified:18 Jul 2019 22:23

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