Recovery in practice

High Secure Services at Ashworth Hospital has implemented a formalised recovery orientated practice into its service. We aim to use the strengths of people who live and work in our service to promote hope for the future. Relationships and collaborating are key to the process, putting the patients at the centre of everything we do.  To support this we set up the ‘High Secure Recovery Champions group’ to influence practice and developments using the staff as ‘experts by profession’ and patients as ‘experts by experience’. This group now considers pieces of work or initiatives from across the service and disciplines and are viewed as a valuable resource within the hospital. The patients are responsible for ‘ground breaking’, ‘culture changing’ initiatives that have without doubt improved the pathways of our patients and provided nursing staff with the tools they need to provide the recovery orientated practice we desire.

 

Our Recovery College helps people to become experts in self-care by offering a range of recovery focussed courses that develop a person’s knowledge and skill and identify talents to reach their goals and aspirations. The college uses an educational model and is underpinned by the principles of co-production, in which every aspect, from conception to delivery, is co-developed and co-produced by people with lived experience and staff who offer professional experience.

 

The programme, which includes some accredited courses, is designed to complement and enhance the effectiveness of traditional therapeutic approaches. A job seekers’ toolkit helps students to gain meaningful, paid employment, regardless of their condition. We will continue to collaborate to provide an all encompassing recovery programme and to tackle the issue of stigma of mental health in the community with local employers and schools.

 

For more information contact:

 

Gary Thorpe

CQUIN Recovery co- Lead

Secure Division

Mersey Care NHS Trust

0151 473 2717

gary.thorpe@merseycare.nhs.uk

 

Mark Chandley

CQUIN Recovery co- Lead

Secure Division

Mersey Care NHS Trust

0151 473 4529

mark.chandley@merseycare.nhs.uk