Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme

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26 / 7 / 2010 10.41am

The ImROC programme is a joint initiative from the Mental Health Network and the Centre for Mental Health.

What is ImROC?

The Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme is a new approach to helping people with mental health problems.

In mental health, ‘recovery’ means the process through which people find ways to live meaningful lives, with or without the on-going symptoms of their condition.

ImROC aims to change how the NHS and its partners operate so that they can focus more on helping those people with their recovery.

The background

In February 2011, the Department of Health commissioned the Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network to pilot the national ‘Supporting Recovery’ programme.

Quickly becoming known as ImROC, the programme used a framework of self assessment set against ten indicators (known as the 10 Key Challenges) by which organisations might become more recovery-orientated.

In its first phase from February 2011 to December 2012, ImROC worked with 29 NHS funded mental health service providers and their partners to help them refocus their services around the principles of recovery. 

The project team, consisting of leading experts in recovery and organisational change, delivered over 100 on-site consultancy visits and ran 24 one-day workshops with member sites grouped across 4 learning set networks.

The on-site consultancy visits gave specifically tailored support to services and the learning sets provided a network where sites could share knowledge and learn from one another on how to solve some of the practical problems of implementation.

Where are we now?

Although much was achieved in ImROCs first phase, much more still remains to be done.

Launched with Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb MP, in February 2013, the continuing work of ImROC has received endorsement from the Department of Health and is supported by the Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health Network. 

The current phase of ImROC is based on an annual membership scheme and a range of supporting consultancy packages and is open to all NHS funded mental health service providers and partners that want to become more recovery-focused. 

Through membership of a ‘learning set network’ services and their partners will join colleagues at a selection of themed workshops, an annual conference and on-line through a virtual e-recovery platform.

The ImROC team also offer a range of supporting consultancy packages that address particular recovery-orientated service developments.

Find out more about the current work of ImROC at

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