Have you consider becoming a Peer Supporter at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske?
In order to become a hospital peer supporter 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 supporter, which is a voluntary role, for a minimum of 6 months after completing the training course.
- Be willing to join the hospital rota for a minimum of once every 2 weeks.
- Complete the new accredited (2 day) Hospital Peer Support training, and undertaking / completing a comprehensive portfolio of work / homework to be handed in after the training has ended.
- Be registered as a RCHT volunteer (DBS check, ID Badge, occupation health and one day mandatory training).
- Complete the UNICEF one day baby friendly accreditation training 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 acts as a source of reliable, up to date information about breastfeeding and related issues. Has access to resources, such as books, leaflets and DVDs, to share with mothers and helps them talk through their choices, then supports them 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 Profesional 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 staying 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.
If you feel that you would like to discuss the role of the Hospital Peer Supporter in greater detail, and explore whether this might be training and a role that you would like to undertake. We can invite you to attend a supervision / information session, to meet current volunteers and learn a little more. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01872 260 429.