Recovery at Surrey and Borders Partnership

The principles of recovery are important to Surrey and Borders. Although not developed specifically with recovery in mind, many of the principles of recovery are captured by the Trust’s Visions and Values.

These were were created as a result of a series of conversations to help us consider the ways in which we should be working. Read more about our Vision and Values.

Recovery is not new to the Trust and there is an excellent array of recovery-oriented practice within our services. However, it is important to ensure that this is consistent and that good recovery initiatives continue. Developing services in line with recovery principles is a priority for the Trust and as such it is in the Trust’s Annual Plan and Clinical Strategy.

Central to this work is the use of the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) measure, developed by Geoff Shepherd (2010, Centre for Mental Health). The ImROC measure was produced to support organisations including mental health trusts to develop their services in line with recovery principles.  It provides a useful self-assessment framework of ten indicators (‘10 Key Challenges’) that need to be addressed for services to become more recovery-oriented.

Change is a lengthy process but there have been a number of positive changes within the Trust, which are centred on recovery:

  • Our Recovery College focuses on training and empowering people with a diagnosis of a personality disorder or those who are affected by traits, to manage their own recovery through the delivery of educational courses and therapies
  • We set up 11 Community Mental Health Recovery Services (CMHRSs) to replace some existing adult services. The name change represented a commitment to putting recovery at the heart of our work
  • Wellness and Recovery Action Plan groups and workshops were rolled our across CMHRSs
  • A recovery working group has been meeting monthly since August 2012 to take recovery work forward. This group is comprised of multidisciplinary clinicans, managers from acute and community settings, people who use services and carers.

How do professionals help with recovery?

Recovery is not something that mental health professionals or services can do 'to' you. It's something that comes from you and is led by you: you take ownership of and it work towards it, step-by-step.

Recovery can seem daunting, and it can be difficult to know where to start. So, it's important that you receive support along the way.

Central to recovery is the notion that people experiencing mental health conditions and professionals are equal partners and experts in your care, working together in collaboration.

Our mental health professionals are here to support you in your recovery journey by providing the information, skills and care to manage your condition and to access what you might need to live a meaningful life.

Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
One way you can work with mental health professionals on your recovery journey is to develop a WRAP, a personal plan designed to help you take control of your own life. It is an evidence based system, developed by people with experience of mental ill-health and is used around the world.

Creating a WRAP involves developing a personal 'wellness toolbox', which is used to develop maintenance plans for staying well and action plans to help you manage if you become unwell. It helps you to:

  • Maintain wellness
  • Recognise your triggers and spot early warning signs
  • Plan for a crisis
  • Keep track of your medication and treatment
  • List your supporters
  • Set goals.

Core principles
WRAP is underpinned by the following core principles:

  • Hope: recovery is possible for all
  • Personal responsibility: we all need to take some personal responsibility for our own lives and wellbeing
  • Education: the importance of knowing oneself and being self-aware
  • Self-advocacy: the importance of believing in and advocating for oneself
  • Support: support of others is vital.

How do I get a WRAP?
Many Community Mental Health Recovery Services (CMHRSs) run WRAP groups that provide a space for shared experiences and an opportunity to learn skills from one another.

Alternatively, you can develop a WRAP with your care co-ordinator. You may wish to consider talking with your care co-ordinator about the different options available for WRAP.

Please download a WRAP template and a WRAP information pack.