Redefining Service User Recovery

Wednesday 30 May 2012
St Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton


“Recovery is about building a meaningful and satisfying

life, as defined by the person themselves, whether or not

there are ongoing or recurring symptoms or problems.”

Shepherd, Boardman and Slade 2008


With the national drive for recovery orientated services gathering pace currently, there is a need to explore not only how service user involvement aids recovery in relation to ’building a meaningful and satisfying life’ but whether or not service user involvement opportunities that currently exist are truly recovery focused and show an acceptance of service users as equal partners in care.


This conference aims to explore both of these questions in the context of developing recovery orientated services.


St Andrew’s has recently been selected as one of only six pilot sites for the Implementing Recovery Organisational Change (Im:ROC) project sponsored by the NHS Confederation and the Centre for Mental Health. Redefining service user involvement is one of the ten organisational challenges defined by the Centre for Mental Health as part of this project.


This conference challenges professionals from all disciplines to not only to become more recovery focused generally, but to consider how service users can and should be involved in decision making of all kinds and at all levels, ‘extending their role in controlling the care process’. This can be from the very personal, to the organisational, to influencing national initiatives and policy in a way that is genuinely in line with recovery principles.


You will go away with practical ideas about what you can do personally to incorporate recovery focused service user involvement into your own work whether you are a Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Key Worker, Support Worker, Project Manager/Worker, Occupational Therapist or Technical Instructor, Qualified Nurse or Health Care Assistant or in any other role that involves face to face contact with users of mental health services.


We hope that as a result of attending the conference you will feel comfortable with the notion of being ‘on tap, not on top’ and that you will be better placed to promote and incorporate the recovery movement’s mantra ‘nothing about us without us’ in your professional practice.


The conference includes speakers of national reputation who are experts in ‘Recovery’ including by experience and the opportunity to participate in exciting and inspiring workshops covering a range of recovery oriented involvement issues and activities. We are also very excited about the performance from ‘Hugging Barbed Wire’ included in the conference programme which promises to be moving and powerful.



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If you require any further information about the event please contact:

Adam King
tel. 01604 616180

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