13 / 09 / 2012
Recovery Colleges deliver comprehensive, peer-led education and training programmes within mental health services. They should be run like any other college, providing education as a route to Recovery, not as a form of therapy.
Courses are co-devised and co- delivered by people with lived experience of mental illness and by mental health professionals.
Their services should be offered to service users, professionals and families alike, with people choosing the courses they would like to attend from a prospectus.
As well as offering education alongside treatment for individuals they also change the relationship between services and those who use them; they identify new peer workers to join the workforce; and they can replace some existing services.
Recovery Colleges is the first in a series of briefing papers by the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) Project. The ImROC Project is delivered by the Mental Health Network and the Centre for Mental Health and supported by the Department of Health to test the framework by which organisations might become more recovery-oriented.
ImROC Lunchtime Webinar Series
To accompany the Recovery Colleges briefing, the ImROC team held the first webinar in the lunchtime series on 25 July 2012.
Geoff Shepherd, ImROC Programme Lead, chaired the webinar alongside the panel of Julie Repper, ImROC Consultant and Recovery Lead at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and Fiona Large, ImROC Peer Trainer Expert and Peer Trainer at South West London & St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.
The webinar focused on a series of nine key questions and the panel also took a wide selection of questions from delegates who had logged on.
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