This category focuses on innovative ways organisations are working to engage patients/carers/care givers.
This could include, but is not limited to:
- support groups or self-help groups. These would be run by trained peers and focus on emotional support, sharing experiences, education and practical activities
- one-to-one support sometimes called mentoring or befriending. You meet someone to talk about how you’re feeling or to set goals, for example
- online forums or social media support forums
- Support groups run by trained healthcare professionals giving support, diagnostic information, sharing experiences and offering guidance on clinical experiences
Peer support can take many forms. It could be provided face-to-face, on the phone or online. It may be weekly, monthly, ongoing or for a limited time.
Be clear about how you think your project is different to others and what you have achieved.