Co-delivered and co-produced: creating a recovery college in partnership
The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Article publication date: 8 April 2014
The purpose of this paper is to explore the process of using a co-production partnership approach in the development of a Recovery College pilot.
This is a case study of the co-production process, using action research to learn from ongoing reflection, mid-project review and feedback questionnaires.
The partnership process is an integral and valued aspect of the Recovery College. Challenges include different organisational cultures and processes and the additional time required. Mutual respect, appreciation of different expertise, communication, a shared vision and development plan have been key to success. The paper focused on governance and fidelity; recruitment and training; curriculum development and evaluation. People are enthusiastic and motivated. Co-production and equal partnership are a valuable approach to developing a Recovery College.
At present many regions are developing Recovery Colleges. This paper describes one approach and shows that co-production is valuable to the process of developing a Recovery College.
The authors thank Phyllis Clifford, Carole Bentley, Nicky Mehdi, Abigail Luthmann, Frances Cunningham, Lily Marsh, Karen Swain, Sharon Guglietti, Fidelia Baah and everyone else who has been involved so far with the development of Hastings Recovery College. The authors also thank Ruth Chandler and the Sussex Partnership Lived Experience Advisory Forum (LEAF), for research consultation and Emily Skye, for academic consultation.
Meddings, S., Byrne, D., Barnicoat, S., Campbell, E. and Locks, L. (2014), "Co-delivered and co-produced: creating a recovery college in partnership", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 16-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-04-2013-0011
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