Peer ComPASSION

Since April 2021, Jess has been co-facilitating a peer support group for people who have type 1 diabetes and eating disorders. This project has been launched in collaboration with Kimmeridge Court eating disorder service and the Diabetes team at Bournemouth hospital.

This group is part of the pilot project funded by NHS England to support people who have type 1 Diabetes and eating disorders, you can read more about it here:

https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/mental-health/eating-disorders/research-and-development

As part of the ambition to increase support for people who have type 1 diabetes and eating disorders in Dorset, we have set up a peer support group where individuals with these difficulties can meet together on a virtual platform to support each other.

The group is facilitated by people who have lived experience of an eating disorder or an eating disorder and  Type 1 Diabetes.

It is an opportunity to share experiences, anxieties, strategies and support for one another. The overriding aim is to create a space where people who experience these difficulties can share and feel comfortable to communicate.

Whilst the group will have coordinators present, it will have a members focus and be shaped by all those who attend with the aim of providing mutual support.

NEW DATES and WEBINAR SERIES

Groups will be from 7pm-8.15pm on a Monday evening.
7pm-7.30pm will be a webinar delivered by a Clinician working in the ComPASSION team followed by a 10 minute Q and A with the Clinician. 7.40pm-8.15pm will be an open time of discussion with peers.
The coping with Christmas session will be led by our Peer group facilitators.

6th December: SPEAKER: Micki Bennett – Clinical Nurse Specialist working in the ComPASSION team. 

TALK TITLE: ‘ACCEPTING AND UNDERSTANDING DIAGNOSIS’

13th December: SPEAKER: Dr Helen Partridge – Consultant in Diabetes

TALK TITLE: ‘UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENS IN THE BODY’

20th December: SPEAKERS: Beth Fitzgerald and Nay Parnell

TALK TITLE: ‘COPING WITH CHRISTMAS’ 

Information for those interested in joining the peer support group:

  • Please email Jess at Jess.Griffiths@nhs.net
  • Jess will send you a peer support members form for completion (this includes an emergency contact number for your eating disorders team or Diabetes team)
  • Please complete this form and email it back to Jess
  • Jess will send the virtual link to you

Information for referrers:

  • Please contact Jess.Griffiths@nhs.net
  • You will be sent a referral form to complete alongside the person you wish to refer into the group

This group is not able to offer treatment or any medical advice. The ComPASSION team is not able to offer any support or treatment outside of the group. We only ask that you give us an emergency contact (either your eating disorders team or Diabetes team).