A voyage of discovery: setting up a recovery college in a secure setting

Elizabeth Frayn (Consultant psychiatrist, Exeter CMHT, Devon Partnership Trust, Exeter, United Kingdom)
Joanna Duke (Occupational Therapy, Langdon Hospital, Dawlish, United Kingdom)
Helen Smith (Medical Director, Connelly House, Langdon Hospital, Dawlish, United Kingdom)
Philip Wayne (Discovery Centre, Langdon Hospital, Dawlish, United Kingdom)
Glenn Roberts (Independent Psychiatrist, Exeter, United Kingdom)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Publication date: 14 March 2016



The potential transformative role of recovery colleges is well-documented in community mental health settings. The purpose of this paper is to reproduce the principles of the recovery college approach in a forensic setting in Devon.


This paper describes the inaugural two-year development process, from ideas to a functioning service, accessible to patients in both medium secure, low and open settings on the Langdon hospital site, drawing on qualitative accounts from staff and service users involved.


Creating and maintaining an educational space within the forensic environment where people have real choices to learn and work on their recovery is possible and valued by service users and clinicians alike.


Langdon was one of the first forensic hospitals in the UK to introduce a recovery college, and the report of the positive impact and challenges involved may be useful to others setting out on this journey.



Elizabeth Frayn, Joanna Duke, Helen Smith, Philip Wayne and Glenn Roberts (2016) "A voyage of discovery: setting up a recovery college in a secure setting", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 20 No. 1, pp. 29-35

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: https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI-06-2015-0025



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