National Recovery and Outcomes Conferences

The National Recovery and Outcomes Conferences take place each year in July and have been a great success! With over 100 service users from around the country and 300 delegates altogether, there’s always great feedback. We use electronic voting pads (Clikapads) to get instant feedback throughout the day from the service users and this proves very popular!

We were delighted to have been able to work in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness, Partnerships in Care and NHS England, whose Head of Public Participation, Olivia Butterworth co-hosts the conferences with Ian Callaghan. We have had great presentations by Geraldine Strathdee, the National Clinical Director for Mental Health, who is a very inspiring supporter of secure care, from Geoff Shepherd, the Recovery Lead from the Centre for Mental Health and from Paul Farmer, Chief Executive at Mind about the work of the Mental Health Taskforce.

We also have inspiring presentations by service users, some of whom are winners of the National Service User Awards – we’ve heard about action plans that have been developed to improve the understanding of patients and where they are in their recovery; an innovative Personality Disorder Training Course; collaborative risk training; how to improve mental health and many more. Many people say these really are the highlights of the day!

The afternoon session usually starts with a warm up session dancing to tunes like ‘Happy’ and ‘Shake it off!’ and throughout the day there are interactive workshops about how to make outcomes and outcome measures more relevant and meaningful for service users. Feedback from the conferences help inform improvements to commissioning and the national Quality and Outcomes work currently being undertaken by NHS England.

Conference Reports

Reports from the National Recovery and Outcomes conferences can be downloaded below.

Feedback from the Conference

If you were there and would like to give feedback about the National Recovery and Outcomes Conference, please let us know at: