The HEE National Team who lead on implementing New Roles in MH have asked us to scope for expressions of interest for Peer Support Worker training and supervisor training as part of the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Growing and Transforming the Peer Support Worker Workforce initiative.


Peer Support Workers (PSWs) within mental health provide support, companionship and encouragement to people experiencing mental health difficulties, drawing upon their own lived experiences, or from caring for others experiencing mental health difficulties.

PSWs use their lived experience to connect with people and help them, by:

  • giving them a sense of hope and wellbeing
  • supporting them to gain a sense of control over their lives
  • helping them engage with and build connections and a sense of belonging to their local communities
  • helping them gain satisfaction in different parts of their lives.

Workforce Growth

The Mental Health Implementation Plan identifies opportunities for the growth of PSWs up until 2024 across the following areas: Perinatal Mental Health, Adult Severe Mental Illnesses (SMI) Community Care, Adult Crisis Alternatives and Problem Gambling Mental Health Support.

HEE is committed to growing the PSW workforce within these areas, and within any other mental health area where perceived need exists. Our ambition is to support development of 4,730 PSWs nationally by 2023/24 and to grow PSW supervisor capacity and capability. Health and social care systems are encouraged to discuss their workforce needs and identify opportunities for expanding the numbers of PSWs and supervisors.

Training Grant for PSWs

HEE are offering a training grant to organisations - funding will be paid up to £3,485 per PSW, based on their employment status and tuition costs are paid directly to training provider. The training grant is the equivalent of payment at mid-point Agenda for Change band 3, plus 25% on-costs, for a seven week period (an average length of time for completion of PSW education).

Education Commissioning

Education has been commissioned which encompasses the national Competence Framework for PSWs in Mental Health Education will be accessed at no cost to the employer or PSW. Across the NW of England, there are 2 training providers who will be delivering this training:

  • With You Consultancy – details of programme attached
  • ImRoc hosted at Nottinghamshire Health NHS FT – further details to be shared very soon

To support the above, we are calling out expressions of interest from local systems and service providers to scope demand for PSW and PSW supervisor training for 2020/21. Start dates for this training is to be confirmed but registration, enrolment and introduction to the programme will need to commence before 31 March 2021.  

To register your interest, please provide the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 24 February 2021:

Expressions of interest for PSW training and Supervisor Training 2020/21

Organisation Name and Service Name  



Service details:


PSW training is initially offered to the following :

Additional staff (cumulative)

Perinatal Mental Health

Adult Severe Mental Illnesses (SMI) Community Care

Adult Crisis Alternatives

Problem Gambling Mental Health Support

*Children and Young People can also be included within the first two cohorts




STP/ICS details



Service Manager name and contact details (email address and telephone number)



What is the total number (headcount) of training places required for a start by 31 March 2021 who will be employed?



What is the total number (headcount) of training places required for a start by 31 March 2021 who will be volunteers?



What is the total number of training places for Supervisors required for a start by 31 March 2021 ?


If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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