Mental Health Peer Health Coaching Initiative – Evaluation

What is this project?

This is a pilot project running at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. It involves ‘Peer Coaches’, with experience of mental health problems working individually with GP patients*, who have mental health problems, to develop personalised care plans. The care plans will focus on the patient’s goals and priorities, and ways of becoming more active and engaged in positive health behaviours.

What are we doing?

The evaluation aims to understand how satisfied patients are with their meetings with their Peer Coach and the care planning process; the value of the initiative from the perspective of patients, Peer Coaches and GPs; and the content of care plans coproduced by patients and Peer Coaches.

The evaluation will draw on the expertise of service users and clinicians to identify the outcomes that are important to capture to evidence the impact of the project. As part of this collaborative approach to the evaluation, service users will also be involved in the collection and analysis of data. Data will be collected through a survey of patients, workshops with patients and Peer Coaches, interviews with GPs and analysis of care plans.

Why is this project important?

Peer coaching and the development of a personalised care plan could be an important way to help people who may not be receiving much formal help from healthcare services. The evaluation will help identify the impact of the project, and look at how practical it is to deliver this type of initiative. The findings of the evaluation may be used to develop the initiative further.

What is the current state of the project?

The study began in February 2017 and will run until June 2017. We will produce an interim evaluation report in April 2017, and a final report of our findings by the end of May 2017.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about the project, please telephone Johanna Frerichs on 0207 922 7871 or email


*We have used the term patients instead of service users in this context because we are referring to people who receive care from their GPs.

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