News and Views

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

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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


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

Annual review focuses on our recovery successes

Our annual review for 2015 is out now and focuses on the innovative services we provide.

The publication, which also summarises our annual accounts, reflects on our new, national group of charities, Recovery Focus, and our ambition to become national experts in mental health and substance use support.

We launched Recovery Focus in October 2015 as a way to describe our new group which brings together charities Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, Aquarius, Croflands Trust, CAN, and My Time.

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Recovery Focus responds to Lord Crisp Report

Today Recovery Focus responds to the Commission headed by Lord Crisp on Acute Adult Psychiatric Care report on ways to improve acute psychiatric care for adults in England.

Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Recovery Focus, said in response:

“We agree with the reports findings that access to acute care for severely ill adult mental health patients is inadequate nationally. We feel there needs to be further investment to back community schemes like our crisis houses that can enable people to be supported locally.” Read more

Voluntary sector offering a better financial and humane solution

Voluntary sector alternatives to psychiatric wards are a more humane and cost effective solution according to research published in a leading medical journal.

The article published in Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal outlines research conducted by Recovery Focus, the new national group of mental health and substance support charities, who’ve worked to pioneer alternatives to traditional psychiatric wards. Read more

Research into end of life care for people with alcohol problems

Aquarius has teamed up with academics from Manchester Metropolitan University to undertake ground-breaking research into the end of life care experienced by people with alcohol problems.

The two year study is being funded by a £420,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund  and aims to establish what level of care is provided to people with substance use problems who have chronic and life threatening conditions such as liver disease, cancer, heart disease or dementia. Read more