Recovery Focus is excited to announce a formal link up between ourselves and Birmingham City University. Recovery focus and Birmingham City University have enjoyed a positive working relationship with the Centre for Community Mental Health at the University for a number of years, through the development of a joined Research Forum, participation in projects, networks and events. This formal link up is an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the relationship, building even stronger collaborative links through a co-produced programme of activity. Read more
Recovery Focus reacts to the BBC News and Community Magazine investigation into mental health patients in England travelling hundreds of miles because of a lack of local hospital beds.
Through a Freedom of Information request the BBC found that nearly 5,500 mental health patients had to travel out of their area last year because of a lack of local hospital beds, a 13% rise on the previous year’s figure. Read more
Angela Williams, group director of people and organisation development at Recovery Focus, writes about relationships and mental health as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Read more
Labour Leader the Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn attended an open day at Recovery Focus partner Richmond Fellowship’s St George’s Care Home today (12 May) to celebrate its £200,000 refurbishment.
Jeremy Corbyn cut the ribbon on the new look scheme which is in his North Islington constituency and provides 24hr registered care for people living with mental health problems. Read more
A new film giving insight into the reality of living with depression was premiered today as part of the Working Together forum from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship.
Day by day was created by people using services from Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus the national group of mental health and substance use charities, and supported by Blue Hippo Media. Read more
Today the King’s Fund has published a new report which shows that the psychological problems associated with physical health conditions, and visa versa, are costing the NHS more than £11 billion a year. Responding to this report, Recovery Focus Chief executive Derek Caren had this to say:
“Today’s report from the King’s Fund highlights the raw deal people with mental health issues are getting from our NHS when it comes to ‘integrated care.’
“We believe that every individual should have the opportunity to take control over their life and to develop new meanings and purposes. We concentrate on the person and their individual needs, choices and aspirations, rather than on diagnostic categories or labels, and tailor what we do accordingly.”
“We believe passionately in further integration of mental and physical health care as we believe that this integrated approach will help to lower the drastically high mortality rates for people with mental health issues today.” Read more
Grazina Berry, Recovery Focus group director of performance, quality and innovation, will be addressing conference delegates and sharing information on our recovery models and engaging with delegates throughout the day. Read more
Responding to today’s ‘Five Year Foward View for Mental Health’ report Recovery Focus Chief Executive Derek Caren had this to say:
“Today Recovery Focus welcomes the Mental Health Taskforce’s report and recommendations. We are particularly pleased to see people who use services at the heart of the recommendation to design and deliver new and innovative mental health services through co-production. Read more