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South Yorks: Successful pilot scheme for disabled youngsters is to be extended

Members of a successful new scheme for young people with learning disabilities, run by the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust, the makes young people with disablities Peer Support workers (PSW), from left  RDaSH Effectiveness Lead Helen Oldknow, new PSW James Gosling, PSWCYPMHS Assistant Director Karen Etheridge, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Geraldine White

Members of a successful new scheme for young people with learning disabilities, run by the Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust, the makes young people with disablities Peer Support workers (PSW), from left RDaSH Effectiveness Lead Helen Oldknow, new PSW James Gosling, PSWCYPMHS Assistant Director Karen Etheridge, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Geraldine White

An innovative new role to support young people with a learning disability in Rotherham Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service (CYPMHS, also known as CAMHS) has been hailed a huge success.

The first of its kind in the UK, the CYPMHS Peer Support Worker (PSW) project has been extended for at least another nine months.

New PSW James Gosling, 23, who was born with a learning disability and cerebral palsy, said: “At RDaSH, I have found another job where I feel valued and relied on.”

 

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