Would you like to get involved and become a paramedic peer supporter?
As part of our Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing ‘Caring for Paramedics’ programme we are now ready to recruit Peer Supporters.
The College of Paramedics’ Paramedic Mental Health and Wellbeing Steering Group are now working on several areas to support paramedic mental health including working with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to provide appropriate guidance around self-referral by paramedics, collaboration with The Ambulance Service Charity (TASC) to provide easy access to a range of support and advice services, and updating of the College of Paramedics Action Plan for the MIND Blue Light Programme Pledge.
One additional specific area of work is the development of a Peer Support Programme for members who have been referred to the HCPC for Fitness to Practise. If you have particular expertise or experience in peer support or the fitness to practise process and would like to become a Peer Supporter, then we would like to hear from you. A Peer Supporter role description is available to download.
The Peer Supporter role would be undertaken in a voluntary capacity although training will be provided, and any expenses incurred as part of your role can be claimed under the College of Paramedics Expenses Policy. The time commitment is difficult to define clearly but as there will be a team of Peer Supporters work will always be split appropriately between all members, though there will be an element of voluntary on-call. The training and education package for this role is currently being developed and supervision and support will also be available 24/7.
Application for a role of Peer Supporter is by CV and short accompanying statement highlighting why you would like this opportunity and what you can bring to this vital area of work by the College on behalf of its members. Please respond via email to Penny.Jones@collegeofparamedics.co.uk by the 28th May 2018.