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Spotlight: The Recovery College

Spotlight: The Recovery College

Continuing our series of shining a light on interesting work affecting health and social outcomes, we are sharing news of the Recovery College; a new approach to helping people find their own way to better health ran by the Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

According to the Recovery College prospectus: “The Humber NHS Recovery College believes in an educational approach to mental wellbeing, supporting individuals to recognise their own resourcefulness, talents and abilities, and arming them with knowledge and helpful tools in order to become experts in their own self-care.”

This collaboration of effort between Humber NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Hull brings a free event on 8th May, which has been helpfully promoted by NHS Hull CCG here

The event showcases latest innovations in mental health for the area. The approach of the Recovery College is set-up as a challenger to the old ways of treating mental health in a ‘prescriptive’ framework. The Recovery College approach is to use person-centred care to achieve an individual’s goals, emphasising on a life worth living rather than ‘getting better’.

If you have been an avid reader of eskimosoup articles of the past, you’ll know that we’re pretty much obsessed with the idea that it’s hard to achieve anything of substance with first understanding a purpose worth striving for!

Back to Recovery College! As it is a core goal for the partner organisations and indeed the CCG to raise awareness and education about positive mental health and wellbeing across the area it stands to reason that this initiative makes wider strides with a goal that is as exciting as it is worthwhile.

Collaboration and partnership working brings benefits for service users including a removal of barriers for progression, providing more consistent and comprehensive services/care and providing access to more training, opportunity and education. Not only does this practice benefit a service user but also the associations involved, through making the best use of resources, creating a wider skill base to meet demand (plus a better understanding and distribution of team skills) and the ability to provide services which address individual’s needs more effectively.

So, we doff our cap to this partnership between health, education and the voluntary sector specialists (we see that Hull and East Yorkshire Mind are prominently involved too!). Places at the showcase event are available here, with more detail about the Recovery College (including some lovely hand-drawn self-portraits) is available here