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Trust to launch innovative Implementing Recovery plans for Norfolk and Suffolk

​Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will be launching its Implementing Recovery plans at Dunston Hall, Norwich on 27 February.

Called Recovery - Building A Life Beyond Mental Illness, the day-long conference (9.30am-4.30pm) is open to service users, carers, partners or a members of the Trust and will explain how the Trust’s services and people with lived experience can work together to create environments that support people in their personal recovery journeys.

The Trust has been taking part in the national Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) initiative that aims to put people with mental health problems at the heart of service delivery and embed recovery principles throughout the NHS.

The ImROC programme will support the Trust’s vision and Service Strategy by creating a culture and a workforce that can deliver quality services that enable people who use them to rediscover a sense of wellbeing and recovery, and be able to live meaningful and purposeful lives.

Those attending the Dunston Hall event will be able to hear the benefits of introducing ImROC to the Trust as well as its impact nationally from guest speaker, clinical psychologist Dr Rachel Perkins, BSc, MPhil, OBE.

Rachel has significantly influenced the development of mental health services at a local, national and international level, becoming one of the most eminent experts in mental health. She has also received many awards for her ground-breaking work.

In the afternoon, the conference will be dedicated to workshops in which those attending will be able to contribute their ideas for a number of topics including personalisation, building a life beyond illness, recovery colleges and peer employees, and staff and service users learning and working together.

Kevin James, a service user and current vice chair of the Service User Council and chair of the Service User Focus Group for Norfolk said: "ImROC Will help create an environment where staff, service users and all the Trust’s partners can work together to help service users on the path to hope, control and opportunity and rediscovery of a positive identity."

Aidan Thomas, chief executive of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said: "This is a very exciting development which we have committed to as part of the Trust’s new Service Strategy.

"Many staff in the Trust are committed to a ‘Recovery’ model of care, but until now this has not been a corporate ‘whole trust’ commitment. This is the start of a cultural change, which in other parts of the country has given service users much more control over the service they receive and their own lives, and there is also considerable evidence that Trusts with a recovery culture and values enable service users to live more independently of the Trust.

“I’m really pleased we are investing in this.”


Notes to Editors:

  • In 2011, the Department of Health asked the NHS Confederation and Centre for mental health to deliver the ImROC project nationally. Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was successful in being chosen as one of 17 learning sets on the project and has attended a series of training sessions over the past two years, having opportunities to build recovery networks and visiting other sites where some initiatives have already been implemented.

  • Dr Rachel Perkins is a founding member and chair of the Women and Mental Health Network in the UK and vice chair of Rethink, the country's largest mental health membership charity, among many other voluntary commitments.