Join a local recovery action group and have your say

by CWP News - 05 November 2015

Local people who have used NHS services, carers and staff are invited to join a group to focus on moving forward and fulfil their potential in recovery.

The West Recovery Action Group (RAG) is a peer led group supported by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP). It is responsible for delivering the organisation’s Recovery Strategy, which outlines how CWP will support people using its services to live fulfilling lives.

All CWP West services are represented at the group, including adult and older people’s mental health services, learning disabilities services, community physical health services and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

The group meets every six weeks in Chester and all service users, staff and carers are welcome to join the meeting to discuss ideas for recovery and how to support people beyond using services.

The key principles of recovery, hope, control and opportunity are promoted through the work of the group, and there is a particular emphasis on:

  • Peer support volunteers, who can offer invaluable support to people using services.
  • Co-production with staff, service users and carers to work together in recovery and use their experiences to influence service design.
  • The Triangle of Care, a therapeutic alliance between service users, staff members and carers that supports recovery and sustains well-being.
  • Identifying staff who can be ‘recovery champions’, and develop recovery awareness training to embed a recovery focused culture.
  • Recovery colleges that provide co-produced courses to service users and carers that promote health and well-being.

The next date the group are meeting is Thursday 17 December at 10am, in Room D 1829 Building, Countess of Chester Health Park, Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1BQ. Find out more about the group and download a leaflet at

Carl O’Loughlin is the co-chair of the group and has been involved for three years. He says, “I would warmly welcome anyone who has used local CWP services, and those who care for people using services to get involved with the group and have a say in how we can promote recovery. These are the people who can use their experiences to inform and influence future developments to ensure we deliver services built around the individual.”

Liz Matthews, associate director of patient carer and experience, says: “We are committed to supporting the well-being of everyone involved in our services. We value the contributions service users and carers make towards improving what we do, and echo Carl’s words in inviting anyone who would like to share their thoughts to join the RAG.”

CWP’s Recovery Strategy is due for review and an open space event to discuss the future of involvement and recovery is being held on Saturday 28 November 10am – 2pm at Sycamore House, Ellesmere Port Business Park. If you would like to find out more or attend the day please call 01244 397393

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