"Learning Together Towards Recovery (Trust Recovery Conference)"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

On Monday 14th October the Trust held a Recovery Conference as part of the mental health awareness fortnight in Nottingham. It was called 'Learning Together Towards Recovery' and over 200 people took part.

It was fantastic day and there was a really varied mixture of people participating. We had service users, family & carers, Trust staff, as well as guests from the County Council and Framework as well as other voluntary organisations.

What was especially powerful about the day was that most of the presentations and workshops were co-produced and co-presented by professionals and people who were either service users or carers. Some Involvement volunteers also took on the role of Event Table Facilitators and hosted several of the many display stalls around the Conference Centre.

Speaking from personal experience, it is very nerve-wracking standing up on stage and talking in front of 200 people for professionals as much as anybody else. But for the people who stood up and talked about their own experiences of being a service users or carer - I just found the courage and determination truly inspirational.

I am identified as a 'responder' on for this Patient Opinion website. But in this instance I would really just like to say a big thank you to everybody who showed that by working together in partnership we can make brilliant things happen.

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Thank you for taking the time to share the success of the Recovery Event on Patient Opinion during Mental Health Awareness Weeks. There is always a great deal of preparation into making events memorable and the organisation from the team is to be congratulated. The tremendous input from service users, volunteers, families and carers always inspires us to do our jobs better. The courage and commitment shown during recovery from the people accessing our Trust services inspires staff to keep on listening and learning.

We have strong evidence in our Trust that proves if we listen to people we can improve what we do and make changes based on this. Partnership working is crucial to this process.

Together we can do fantastic things and give back hope, control and opportunity to the people who connect with our Mental Health Services.

Well done to everyone involved!

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