There are nine regional Recovery and Outcomes Groups that meet quarterly in the following areas: London; South East Coast; South Central; South West; East of England; East Midlands; West Midlands; North West; and Yorkshire & Humber, which also includes the North East region.
The meetings are usually held in secure units, sometimes within the secure perimeter and sometimes outside it. Some meetings are held in community venues, such as in Yorkshire & Humber where this is always the case. The venues are always notified at least one month in advance.
The meetings are usually held from 1pm-3.30pm or sometimes to 4pm with lunch beforehand at 12.15pm. As well as this, there is a break at around 2.15pm for 15 minutes or so, so plenty of time to meet people from other services! Meetings are kept as informal as possible, and it’s fine for people to come and go if they need to.
After hearing National Updates from Ian, there are usually some service user and staff presentations about recovery-focused work or initiatives that are going on in services in that region. There’s always time for questions and the presentations by service users are usually the highlight of the meeting!
After the break, we resume in small groups to discuss the topic of the day, which may follow on from one of the presentations. We also discuss CQUINs and other nationally important areas of work, such as the Restricted Items project and other issues that the Clinical Reference Groups might ask us to look at. We’re also always open to suggestions from people and offers of leading the discussions!
There are always Minutes (notes from the meetings) produced and circulated after all the Groups have been held that quarter. These go out to everyone on the mailing list and can also be found under the Recovery and Outcomes tab on the navigation bar.