News and Views

Below you'll find all the latest news, views and stories from across Recovery Focus.

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Leading MP praises mental health service

Box Tree Farm exterior - compressedA leading MP has praised a Leicestershire service for providing a “massively valuable resource” for people living with mental health problems.

Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat health spokesman and Member of Parliament for North Norfolk, visited the Leicestershire Crisis House which is operated by national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus. Read more

Recovery Focus announce research link with Birmingham City University

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 responds to BBC report

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

Jeremy Corbyn visits St George’s care home

Jeremy Corbyn cuts the ribbon

Jeremy cutting the ribbon with Chair Helen Edwards and Kate, who’s used our services

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

Recovery Focus appoints new chair

Chair-Helen-EdwardsRecovery Focus has appointed a new chair to lead it through the next exciting chapter of its journey to inspire individual recovery nationwide.

Helen Edwards, shortly due to retire as Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General (DG) of Local Government and Public Services within the Department of Communities and Local Government, takes up her new role as Recovery Focus chair in April. She takes over from current chair Peter Corley who has come to the end of his term of office.

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