News and Views

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

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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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We’re growing – our aim as we publish strategy

We're-Growing-coverWe’re growing – that’s the aim of the three year strategy for Recovery Focus, the new national group of charities being built to inspire individual recovery.

It’s six months since we officially launched Recovery Focus – a new partnership of mental health charities Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, My Time and Croftlands Trust with substance use charities Aquarius and CAN.

And now we’ve published ‘We’re Growing’, our three year strategy to develop our successful group further. Our goal is to double our size so we’re better positioned to support more people in more places on their recovery journeys.

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New film tackles mental health stigma

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

Our response to the King’s Fund report

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.[1]Read more

Recovery Focus present at ImROC Conference

Riuer7MCT_400x400ecovery Focus is to present at the annual Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) Conference.

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

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

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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