Peer support is where colleagues who are in the same situation offer supportive conversations within the context of work.

We recognise the potential and actual effects of working in intensive care, on the welfare and mental health of staff and the value of supporting staff of intensive care units in mitigating these impacts. Our vision is to provide an evidence-based framework for supporting all members of staff who work in critical care, and a training programme to support its implementation. Peer support is one element of supporting staff in intensive care. Peer support offers a systematic, strategic approach to intervening to sustain staff who are coping well and to provide initial support those who are struggling.

We have a one day online training session which a team from your unit can attend to become Peer Supporters. We suggest that you engage as a unit to offer peer support, and have a minimum of 5 peer supporters per unit trained. Please refer to 'annex 2' for more details.

Please refer to our Strategic Framework for Peer Support which outlines the core principles and values for supporting people affected by incidents and adversity at work, the nature of stressors experienced at work, the strategic intent of supporting intensive care staff within which peer support sits, and then outlines the Peer Support Framework in its principles, values and structure for safe delivery. We thank Professor Richard Williams and Verity Kemp for their help in developing this framework.

If you looking to set up peer support in your intensive care unit? If so please email: