What qualifications/training do I need to become a PSW?
Peer Support training
All our PSWs have received and completed specific training in Peer Support. This can be gained before being employed as a PSW or once you are successful in getting a PSW job in CPFT. All we ask is that you commit to completing Peer Support training within 6 months of starting your role. Once you start working in CPFT as a PSW, your training will be funded and provided for you by us.
The training we offer is called the Peer Education Programme (PEP), which is accredited Level 4 with the Open College Network (OCN). PEP consists of a 14-week programme of study, including 1 classroom day per week for that period.
Our training programme equips people with the skills to work as Peer Support Workers within CPFT. It looks at:
- How to use and share lived experience appropriately when working alongside peers
- The recovery model of mental health and how PSWs champion this model when supporting their peers and more widely across the Trust
- The key principles and values of Peer Support Work and how to implement, maintain, and embrace them within the PSW role and across the organisation
- Peer Support communication skills - such as the use of recovery-focused, strengths-based language to reduce mental health stigma and promote inclusion and accessibility
All new Healthcare Support Workers (including Peer Support Workers) Band 1 – 4 will be required to undertake the Care Certificate, unless they have recent previous care/support work experience and if they hold a Health and Social Care qualification gained within the last five years. The Care Certificate is a key component of induction. It is based on 15 Standards, all of which need to be completed in full before being awarded the Certificate.
The Care Certificate team aim to support staff to complete the Care Certificate within 16 weeks of their start date wherever possible.
Additional training at CPFT
Any new member of staff will receive statutory NHS training including, but not limited to, Basic Life Support, Fire Safety, Safeguarding Adults and Children, Conflict Resolution, and Mental Health Legislation.
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