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The second annual National Recovery and Outcomes Conference was held on Tuesday 14th July 2015, bringing together people living in, working in and commissioning secure mental health care.

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The event was the biggest of its kind, with over 120 service users and more than 200 staff and commissioners sharing ideas, learning from each other and helping to shape the future of secure mental health care.


Hosted by Ian Callaghan, Recovery and Outcomes Manager at Rethink Mental Illness, and Olivia Butterworth, Head of Public Participation at NHS England, the conference was opened by Brian Dow, Director of External Affairs at Rethink Mental lllness.


This was followed by a presentation from Paul Farmer, the Chief Executive of Mind, about the work of the Mental Health Taskforce, which Paul chairs, along with Jacqui Dyer, vice-chair and a service user herself. Their presentation can be found in the links below. Service users were able to give immediate feedback by using the interactive ‘Clikapads’ (electronic voting pads), enabling people to vote on the changes they would like to see happen in mental health care in the next five years. All the voting from the presentations and workshops can be found in the Conference Report.


There were then presentations from service users about Risk reduction; Recovery; Mental Health Improvement; and Physical Health improvement. Please see the links below for the presentations. These were followed by workshops on each theme, as well as creative workshops, where service users were able to either represent these themes visually or write a song about them – the song was a great hit and the words can be found in the report.


Music came from the very talented Mark Storey and Hannah, and there was a fun group warm up dance to the song ‘Shake it off’ to kick off the afternoon sessions, which was either the highlight or lowlight of the day, depending on who you ask!

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The conference was delivered by a partnership of Rethink Mental Illness, the Public Participation team from NHS England and Partnerships in Care. Brian Dow of Rethink Mental Illness said in his introduction: “We are working with the Recovery and Outcomes Groups to ensure their participants’ experiences are at the heart of this nationally important work. We firmly believe that everyone should have clear recovery-focused outcomes identified for them.”


Further details can be found in the Conference Report.

The work continues throughout the year in our network of nine regional Recovery and Outcomes Groups, for more information visit the rest of our website!

Conference Presentations 

What they’re saying

Wonderful for so many service users to be together sharing ideas and experiences, and for their feedback to really influence things.


Brilliant to be reminded that service users must be at the forefront of everything we do.


Absolutely wicked day; my hands hurt from clapping!

Service User

Knowing that I’m part of something much bigger than my problems gives me a sense of purpose and belonging

Service User

I had a great day with lovely people

Service User

Light-hearted; fun; informative; supportive; inclusive; non-threatening. The ‘shake it out’ session was perfect post-lunch


This is one of the most inspiring conferences I have ever attended. I have got loads of ideas to take back to the workplace and I am extremely motivated


Enjoyed the whole day, so glad I was able to attend. Interactive, inspirational and very moving


Congratulations on another brilliant national conference, you must be very pleased with how it went – superb event, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and got so much from it!!

We must make more effort locally to involve service uses at meetings and find ways to make it work


Really positive, inspiring and engaging day. Loved it!


Thoroughly enjoyed the day. As a nurse it has really made me think about my practice and how I can aid the recovery of people I work with


Can’t wait till next year

Service User

As a student found this a wonderful learning opportunity and would recommend it to anyone

Student nurse

I found the conference insightful and helpful to me on my road to recovery

Service User

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