Talk given by Philip Colligan from Nesta about improving peer support and public service provision, for example he describes:
'The third example I want to talk about is how public services can mobilise peer support.
We know that peers – people who are living with the same challenges that you face – can be an incredible source of support.
It’s the reason that millions of parents join peer groups like NCT. Learning from each other and building support structures and relationships that last lifetimes.
There’s also very strong evidence that shows the positive impact of peer support in helping people manage drug and alcohol dependency.
And yet peer support isn’t a big part of our approach to supporting people who are living with long-term health conditions – despite this being the biggest challenge facing the health system and promising evidence that it could make a huge difference.'