ARRS Peer Support (Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme)

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NHS England’s ARRS Scheme provides funding for 26,000 additional roles to create bespoke multi-disciplinary teams. Primary care networks assess the needs of their local population and, working with local community services, make support available to people where it is most needed.

In 2021, NEYLA was commissioned by North East and North Cumbria Primary Care Training hub, to deliver an ARRS peers support programme.  Since then 16 cohorts have now been delivered with almost 100 participants signing up.

NEYLA launched the ARRS Peer Support programme to respond to the development and support needs of ARRS staff.  The programme has been exceptionally well received, with participants consistently providing positive feedback.  In response to feedback, the programme now includes “advanced” level cohorts which give participants the opportunity to discuss the challenges they are facing at a deeper level and in a confidential setting.  Similarly in March 2023, we will be providing a Leadership development Programme for a small cohort of ARRS practitioners who have some additional responsibility for leading teams.  At the end of this programme, participants will be proactive and intentional  in creating opportunities for peer support.  In doing so this will not only support the wellbeing and retention of the ARRS workforce, but will also support the integration of the ARRS roles into GP practices, Primary Care Networks and Integrated Neighbourhood Teams.

There is still a demand for this support so we will be running a further 7 cohorts commencing May 2023.  For further information see the below flyer or contact [email protected]

To apply for a place click on the following link –

Please note due to funding, this programme is currently only available to ARRS colleagues working in North East and North Cumbria ICS.

Below is a snapshot of participant feedback:

“The sessions have been a great platform to promote a culture of reflection, whilst raising self-awareness / preservation within these primary care roles that can be demanding, stressful and challenging. It’s been very useful and I / we have all taken lots from them certainly.”

“Having the space to speak freely and openly about my feelings has been priceless.”

“Being able to connect with colleagues with similar experiences and knowing I am not alone has been helpful.”

“I would be delighted to be involved in some further sessions. I think they were so useful both professionally and personally”

“Just to say thank you so much everyone. You’ve helped me more than you can know over the last two sessions.” “I just wanted to email you to say thank you SO much for the ARRS role support sessions.   I know I’m not the only one who got so much out of them.  It really has had a positive impact on my mental wellbeing – having a safe space to share information and gain support.  I truly hope these sessions can restart in the future as it was also good for building new support networks within the workspace with others across the County.  Peer support really is invaluable, as is having someone like yourself to help others gain the knowledge and skills they need to manage work life and its challenges.”