UCLan reserchers are working on a new international (worldwide) project funded through the British Academy/Leverhulme grant. This study concerns peer support provision in a neonatal unit/context. The plan is to send an online survey to providers/peer supporters from different countries and will explore issues such as: how peers supporters are selected; what training is provided; what issues are covered in the training programme; what support is offered to the peer supporters as well as facilitators and barriers to effective peer support delivery.
Peer support definition:
Please note that all of the criteria in point (A) AND any of the criteria in point (B) has to be met.
(A) Peer supporters (parent supporters/parent mentors/parent veterans) are parents who
- have had a baby that was cared for in a neonatal unit and he/she has been discharged
- provide support to parents who are experiencing high risk pregnancies and/or whose infants are currently being cared for on the neonatal unit or have been discharge
- provide support to parents (which could include giving information, practical, emotional and/or social types of support)
- offer support via face to face, telephone/text or social media
- offer one-to-one or group based support in hospital or community settings
- have received ‘some’ training/guidance to provide support to other parents
- may provide support on a voluntary or paid basis
(B) The peer support service/provision is organised/coordinated/provided by any of the following
- National/local services or organisations (such as parenting, breastfeeding or voluntary organisations)
- Hospital staff
- Other health and social-care professionals
If you’re interested in participating in the project please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org