We are excited to announce the roll out the UW Medicine Peer to Peer Program starting in early 2020. Peer to Peer is a peer support program for both faculty and staff, developed in collaboration across the entities of UW Medicine. During a time of increasing burnout and compassion fatigue, we know it is essential that we develop a comprehensive program to support our healthcare team. Peer to Peer is one important component of that system of support. Nominate someone to be a Peer Supporter by September 16th!
Peer to Peer is a UW Medicine system approach to peer support. The first phase of this program will be rolled out for School of Medicine faculty at all clinical sites and for staff at Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center (both Montlake and Northwest campuses). Representatives from each of our clinical entities have been part of the process of developing the program and our plan to subsequently roll out Peer to Peer at all sites and across the School of Medicine. We have also collaborated with wellness leaders at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
To get our program started, we need to find some amazing peer supporters across various roles and departments in our hospitals! If you know someone that would be an excellent peer supporter, please nominate them: Peer Supporter Nomination Form. Ideal candidates are the team members who you could see yourself turning to in a time of stress or distress; the person who would could compassionately listen and provide support. This is a volunteer role and will include training on how to provide one-on-one confidential, emotional support as well as referrals to other support services within UW Medicine or the community as needed. We encourage you to nominate colleagues who you think would thrive in this role.
You’ll be hearing more about Peer to Peer in the coming months. If you have questions about the program, please email the leadership team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the UW Medicine Peer to Peer website.