The service user and peer workforce is a relatively new, diverse and rapidly growing workforce in today’s mental health and addiction services in New Zealand. As yet no set of nationally endorsed competencies exists to guide the development of this workforce and lay the ground for the development of training curricula, job roles, performance management, service specifications, peer practice tools and more. The service user and peer support workforce includes all roles that require lived experience, including consumer advisors, peer support workers, peer educators and peer advocates.
This project will complete four tasks before the end of 2013:
• Develop service user and peer support competencies for New Zealand.
• Recommend online tools to assist with implementation of the competencies.
• Inform the development of the proposed peer support qualification through Careerforce.
• Prepare guidance on peer roles for planners and funders and service providers.
The project has been funded by Te Pou, Northern Region Alliance and Midland District Health Boards/HealthShare. Mary O’Hagan (with Magdel Hammond and Margaret Vick) has been contracted to undertake this project with the support of Carolyn Swanson at Te Pou.
WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE
Email your views
You are welcome to email your views or questions to Mary O’Hagan at email@example.com.
Fill in the online survey
Once we have a draft set of competencies we will develop an online survey to get people’s views on them. The survey should be posted before the end of August and we will publicise it widely.
Apply to be on the national reference group
We are seeking applications for people to be part of a project reference group of up to 15 people which will meet near the beginning and the end of the project. The first meeting will take place in Wellington on Wednesday 7 August and will focus on the development of the competencies. Reference group members will be expected to give feedback between face-to-face meetings. There is a very limited resource to pay for airfares for reference group members on low incomes or unfunded networks.
We are seeking a broad range of peer experts on the reference group in terms of geographical spread, ethnicity, job roles, models, and people from both the mental health and addiction sectors. Applications must be emailed to Carolyn Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Friday 19 July.
If you are interested in applying for the reference group please fill in this form.