As well as Recovery and Outcomes Groups in each service, there is a network around the country of regional groups. We encourage attendance from at least two service user recovery leads and two staff leads from every secure service in that area – but we always welcome more people if more want to come!
Each region has a staff Regional Lead and we are hoping soon to have a Service User Lead from each region too, to sit on the national Steering Group that meets quarterly in Birmingham after all the regional Groups have been held.
There is a National Service User Lead, Ian Callaghan, who co-ordinates and facilitates the regional Groups and who co-chairs the national Steering Group with Mick Burns, a senior commissioner from the Yorkshire & Humber region. Mick has been a great supporter of My Shared Pathway and the Recovery and Outcomes work from the beginning several years ago.
Ian and two other service users from different regional Recovery and Outcomes Groups are Patient Representatives on the High/Medium and Low Secure Clinical Reference Groups, the national groups within NHS England that are responsible for drawing up service specifications, developing CQUINs and making other recommendations about how secure services are run.