"The IT classes are the last vestige in my life of the possibility of returning to work one day"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as the patient),

Although I am still bitterly disappointed by Notts Healthcare Trust’s decision to close SPAN, I would like to thank Tim Wood and his team for keeping our IT classes running at a different venue.

Recovery is the ‘buzz’ word for this year but for those of us with a chronic mental health problem managing our condition is the best we can hope for. The IT classes are a vital part of this.

I know from experience that mainstream classes are totally unsuitable for someone like me. What is so important is the continuity of the course in a non-threatening environment for staff and volunteers who understand your problems. The IT classes are the last vestige in my life of the possibility of returning to work one day.

I sincerely hope that the trust recognises the worth of the IT group (Focus) and supports Tim Wood wholeheartedly in his work.

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Responses

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

Thank you for sharing your opinion. The Trust recognises the value of a non'threatening environment such as 'Focus' for people who are moving forward in their recovery.

We understand the change has not been easy and although the old service will be missed we hope the new venue provides continuity and reassurance for you.

We will pass on your thanks to the team.