Hospital Peer Support Training

Peer Supporting at the Royal Cornwall Hospital

In order to become a hospital peer supporter in Truro, you will need to:

  • Have been volunteering as a community group peer supporter for at least 6 months
  • Be prepared to become a hospital peer support volunteer for a minimum of 6 months after completing the training course
  • Be willing to volunteer for a minimum of once every 2 weeks
  • Complete the new accredited (2 day) Hospital Peer Support training, as well as a comprehensive portfolio of work to be completed at home (approx 6 hours)
  • Be registered as a RCHT volunteer (1 day training, DBS check, ID Badge, occupation health forms)
  • Complete the UNICEF Baby-Friendly accreditation training (1 day course) within 3 months of undertaking the Hospital Peer Support training
  • Be willing to access supervision / information sessions, which are offered by Real Baby Milk 4 times a year

What does a Hospital Peer Supporter do?

  • A  Hospital Peer Supporter listens, empathises with, supports and empowers mothers
  • A Hospital Peer Supporter is a source of reliable, up to date information about breastfeeding and related issues; and has access to resources, such as books, leaflets and DVDs, to share with mothers
  • Supports mothers in whatever choice they decide to make
  • A Hospital Peer Supporter enables mums to have a positive breastfeeding experience, no matter how long or short
  • A Hospital Peer Supporter should ‘do no harm’
  • A Hospital Peer Supporter knows her boundaries, not giving advice, and referring on to an appropriate practitioner/Health Care Professional as necessary
  • A Peer Supporter gives what she feels she can to her local hospital, no more. She seeks support for herself as needed.

What does a Peer Supporter not do?

It is important that the hospital staff and the mums on the hospital wards know that a Hospital Peer Supporter is not a breastfeeding expert.

A Hospital Peer Supporter is not a ‘problem solver’, but a source of caring support and an empathetic listener. 

How to apply:

If you would like to find out more about the role and if it’s suitable for you, please get in touch. 

We can invite you to attend a supervision / information session, to meet current volunteers and learn a little more.

If you would like to apply for the next training course, please download the application form:

Application form Hospital Training

Once completed, email the form to anna@realbabymilk.org 

For further information or support:

Phone 01872 260429
Email anna@realbabymilk.org
Text or WhatsApp 07462990485
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