Refocus on Recovery 2017

Refocus on Recovery 2017 is the largest regular scientific conference on recovery in the world, and will take place at Nottingham Conference Centre on 18-20 September 2017.The conference is all about recovery for people with mental health problems, and is presenting world-leading research about how people can live well with illness. It is being organised by the Institute of Mental Health, School of Health Sciences (University of Nottingham), Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, ImROC, Making Waves and Mental Health Foundation. Four themes have been agreed for the conference:

Theme 1: Recovery for different groups

The meaning of, and support for, recovery in long-term conditions (physical and mental). Recovery in marginalised groups, e.g. culturally-sensitive services. Understanding and supporting recovery in mental health systems, e.g. Open Dialogue, REFOCUS, Individual Placement and Support. Organisational and individual influences on Peer Support Workers, including the meaning of ‘peer’.

Theme 2: Re-situating recovery

Engaging with culture and community to make recovery a reality. Mainstreaming recovery, and links with other community initiatives, e.g. dementia-friendly communities. The role of family and supporters – what is a family in recovery? Improving access, e.g. digital interventions. Recovery Colleges as a bridge between mental health system and community. Insights from Mad Studies about recovery.#

Theme 3: Prevention of mental ill-health

Supporting the development of resilience in individuals and communities. Creating inclusive communities. Inter-sectoral understandings of stigma and discrimination. National and local anti-stigma campaigns. Supporting self-management, including peer-led approaches. The role of inter-dependence. The impact of language and embedded assumptions. Developing new narratives, e.g. Mad lit, Photovoice.

Theme 4: Allocating resources

How money is spent, and with what effect. Service models and structures which foster or hinder recovery. Co-production and co-development approaches. The role of volunteers. Providing services in resource-poor settings. The contribution of health and social policy to recovery. The impact of legislation and commissioning arrangements.

The keynote speakers come from the UK (Steve Gillard, Isabella Goldie, Jayasree Kalathil, Anu Singh, Mike Slade) as well as from India (Manoj Kumar), Canada (Kwame McKenzie), Germany (Jasna Russo) and Norway (Mark Hopfenbeck). We will also hear from Jenny Edwards CBE (Chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation) and Ruth Hawkins (Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust). There is a lively social programme, and we aim to make the event enjoyable for all participants. In the three previous conferences, around 500 people attended from 25 countries. 

Before the conference, we will also be running five expert workshops: 

Expert Workshop 1: Developing a national transformation programme (facilitated by Julie Repper and Michael Ryan)

Expert Workshop 2: Co-production of digital interventions (facilitated by Mark Brown)

Expert Workshop 3: Coaching for recovery (facilitated by Helen Cyrus-Whittle)

Expert Workshop 4: Decolonising recovery (facilitated by Julie Gosling and Paul Atkinson)

Expert Workshop 5: Buiding on cultures of peer support (facilitated by David Crepaz-Keay and Jayasree Kalathil)

More information can be found, including details on registration - with a limited number of reduced rates for early registrations, at