NHSE Peer Leadership Development Programme

At the end of last year, NHS England launched their brand new Peer Leadership Development Programme (PLDP).

The PLDP is an online personal development programme for people with lived experience of a long term illness or disability, including chronic kidney disease, and who wants to use their experiences to influence how health and care are delivered and make things better for other patients. Two of the YAKG’s peer supporters (Holly and Sarah G.) have already done a very similar course and would definitely recommend it to any young adults who would like to learn about personalised care and have their voices and opinions heard but aren’t sure where to start.

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 Leaders.

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 storytelling, 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 (including kidney disease) 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 subtitles 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.

Have a look at the video above to see what people who have recently completed the PLDP have to say about their experience and how it’s helped them.

To request a course booklet please e-mail england.pldp@nhs.net
To read Holly’s personal experience of becoming a Peer Leader, please click here.
To enrol on the Step One course please register here.

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