Landmark moment as latest CPFT peer workers graduate

Special celebration marks the achievement of 10th group to pass course

Landmark moment as latest CPFT peer workers graduate
27 July 2017

They have all faced significant mental health challenges of their own – and now they will be helping others on their road to recovery.

The latest group of people to qualify as peer support workers via Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s Recovery College East have graduated.

Their success was marked at a special celebration attended by family members and friends.

They are the 10th group to graduate from the scheme since it began and can now apply for roles as peer support workers within the Trust or elsewhere.

Sharon Gilfoyle, Head of Recovery and Resilience at CPFT, said: “I am very proud of who took part in the training. To graduate is a landmark moment for them, and as they are the 10th cohort to have come through the Recovery College, it’s a landmark moment for us as well.

“It’s a course that is really challenging both to get onto and then complete. Some of them may have been unemployed for some time, but they have all completed it and I am delighted for them.

“Peer workers have their lived experience of significant mental health challenges and they offer support to others on one of our wards or in the community.

“They can build a relationship with a peer because they have been there themselves, and they offer hope and strength to the person they are working with. It’s a very different role to other health care professionals, and a really vital one.”

CPFT’s Recovery College East – which has bases in Cambridge and Peterborough – offers a wide range of courses to help people develop new skills or increase their understanding of mental health challenges and recovery.

The peer worker training programme, which was completed by 17 students of which 15 are pictured, is an intensive 12 week programme. Since it started 134 have passed the programme and 45 people are still working in the Trust in a variety of roles. Some have gone on to further their careers by completing their nurse training while others have set up their own private businesses.

For further information about CPFT Recovery College East click here.



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Andy Burrows
Media and Marketing Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

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Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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