Peer Support Awards – healthcare support to peers in prison

1 June 2021

New Peer Support Awards see prisoners formally recognised for their efforts in providing valuable healthcare support to peers in prison.Michaela Booth

This Volunteers’ Week, Practice Plus Group are recognising those in prison who use their spare time to support and motivate other prisoners to enhance their health and wellbeing.

The launch of the new Peer Support Awards aims to formally recognise and thank prisoners for supporting the delivery of healthcare amongst their peers in prison.

This includes prisoners with formal support roles, such as Health Reps, Health Champions, Hepatitis C Peers, Substance Misuse Recovery Mentors, and those who offer more informal support too, such as helpful conversations about wellbeing.

Michaela Booth, National Patient Engagement Lead for Practice Plus Group, explains more:

“Volunteers Week offered the perfect opportunity to launch our new Healthcare Peer Support Awards to show our appreciation to patients who dedicate their time to supporting health promotion in prison.

“We’ve asked both staff and patients across our 47 prison sites to nominate a patient – in line with our four organisational values – who has used their time in prison to support and motivate their peers.

“All of the peer supporters nominated will receive a certificate of thanks from Practice Plus Group and there will also be a first and second prize awarded for each of the four themes: kindness and compassion; responsibility and trust; non-judgement and inclusive; teamwork and support.

“As a leader with lived experience of prison, I know that patients provide great support for each other.

“Our patients show a huge amount of dedication to supporting health improvements within their peer groups and I’m really looking forward to giving patients the recognition they deserve.”

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