Recompense Policy (People with Lived Experience)
- What is Recompense?
- People with lived experience and volunteering – what is the difference?
- What roles are paid for under the Recompense Policy?
- I just want to volunteer – what now?
- Current roles
- How does it benefit me?
- Will it affect my benefits?
- How do I sign up?
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) works with people who have lived experience of using the Trust’s Health and Social Care Services and recognises the value that these people have brought to the Trust.
The expertise and experiences that patients, service users and carers bring to the development and delivery of high quality services is vital, highlighted by past work and national initiatives.
The Trust is committed to ensuring that this expertise is valued accordingly, ensuring that reimbursement of expenses and recompense is given to people who participate in involvement activity for the Trust.
- Chair of a meeting/training session or a co-facilitator
- Recruitment panel member
- Co-production for service improvement or transformation
The key difference between recompense involvement activities and volunteering activities is that recompense involvement activities specifically require people with lived experience of Health and Social Care services within the Trust, and for some Involvement activities, People with lived experience may be offered a payment for recognition of their time and contribution. Volunteering activities do not require past experience of using services and do not have any option for being paid. Volunteers can be defined as non-employees who provide their free time, without expectation of financial reward to undertake voluntary tasks/roles with prior agreement with the Trust. Examples of volunteering include Trust fundraising activities, Meals assistance, Shop volunteers on Patient ‘Signposting’ around Trust areas.
It is worth noting that out of pocket expenses will be payable to both volunteers and people with lived experience.
If you just want to volunteer, please check out our volunteering page here.
- STAFF INDUCTION; Share your story and experiences of using health and social care services as either a patient, carer or service user, with our new staff at our Staff Induction, and help them understand and recognise the value of learning from your lived experience. Download the Staff Induction document on the right to view the job description; available in Word or PDF. If you would like a copy posted to you, please get in touch!
The Recompense Policy pays an hourly rate of £11.31.
- Development pathway; Future training and development opportunities
- QI Training; Quality Improvement training for QI activities
- Interview Panel Training; Required before taking part in interview panels
People with lived experience who are in receipt of benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions should seek advice as to whether acceptance of the offer of payment will affect their benefit entitlements or pension. If receiving benefits or a pension the Trust strongly encourages obtaining specialist information on welfare rights advice on benefit or pension conditions before agreeing to undertake Involvement activities for the Trust. The Trust cannot advise on this.
It is the Person with Lived Experience’s responsibility to discuss and clarify this potential impact with their benefits or pension advisors and declare any payment and expenses received as necessary.
From PWLE Agreement:
- If you are in receipt of benefits or a pension you should seek advice as to whether acceptance of the offer of payment will affect your benefit entitlements or pension. If receiving benefits or a pension the Trust strongly encourages obtaining specialist information on welfare rights advice on benefit or pension conditions before agreeing to undertake involvement activities for the Trust. The Trust cannot advise on this.
- It is your responsibility to discuss and clarify this potential impact with your benefits or pension advisors and declare any payment and expenses received as necessary.
- Reimbursement of your expenses should not affect your benefit entitlement (although this cannot be guaranteed) and we can provide you with written confirmation of your involvement as evidence, upon request.
If you would like further details, or would like to sign up to become involved, please contact us by phone, email or by completing the form below:
Please note: It is necessary for all volunteers and people with lived experience to complete the required checks needed for their role or activity. The level of checks will be dependent on whether the volunteer/person with lived experience is working with vulnerable adults or children or on a supervised or unsupervised basis.
The checks consist of:
- References (Employment/Character)
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate
- Occupational Health Clearance