About the Author: Rachel Smyth

8 October 2020

This exciting and innovative online personal development programme is for people with lived experience who are committed to working collaboratively with the system to shape and influence how personalised care is delivered.

The programme has three main aims:

  1. To tell people what personalised care is and how people in England can benefit
  2. To develop new Peer Leaders who can support the development of personalised care
  3. To develop Peer Leader Facilitators to provide leadership and support to Peer Leader

Fun and interactive learning

The programme is delivered in partnership with an accessible learning platform called Future Learn. Together, they offer a powerful new way to learn online. Every course is designed according to principles of effective learning: through story-telling, discussion, visible learning and using community support to celebrate progress. It also means you can learn from the comfort of your own home!

Who is the programme for?

The Peer Leadership Development Programme is mainly aimed at people with long-term health conditions and disabilities who could benefit from personalised care. The programme is rooted in the perspective of people with relevant lived experience of personalised care, so their voices and reflections are woven throughout. But, Step One and Step Two are also suitable for a wider audience including health professionals, peer support workers and social prescribing link workers.

What can I expect on the Peer Leadership Development programme?

The course is delivered in bite-size chunks using language that is easy to understand. It also includes videos with sub-titles and transcripts. There are plenty of opportunities to discuss your thoughts and experiences with other learners and to ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on what you’ve heard. You will also hear from people who’ve experienced the benefit of personalised care and inspiring stories from Peer Leaders who are actively influencing how personalised care is developed and delivered.

For more information and a course booklet, please e-mail england.pldp@nhs.net