Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Mental Health

The University of Nottingham

Who we are and what we do

Our work

This web-site describes the work of the Recovery Research Team at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Nottingham. The IMH is a partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. You may know some of the work the Recovery Research Team have led, such as:

  • forming the Recovery Research Network of over 600 people from around the world with an interest in researching recovery
  • organising the Refocus on Recovery conferences, the world's largest ongoing series of scientific conferences on recovery
  • creating the CHIME Framework identifying Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment as key recovery processes
  • developing the REFOCUS intervention for mental health teams to increase their skills in supporting recovery
  • developing the Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis intervention to improve wellbeing in people living with psychosis
  • running the RECOLLECT Study on Recovery Colleges

We also collaborate widely, on projects such as:

Mike Slade

The Recovery Research Team is led by Mike Slade. He is Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion at the University of Nottingham, based in the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and working at the Institute of Mental Health. His post is jointly funded by Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Until 2015 he was Professor of Health Services Research at King's College London and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Some of the research reported here was conducted by his team at King's College London. For more information about Mike Slade, visit his staff profile.


The team work with a range of organisations, because 'if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together'. In the UK our collaborators include:

We also work with organisations in many other countries, including:

  • Australia (Monash University, Mind Australia)
  • Bulgaria (National Center of Public Health and Analyses)
  • Canada (McGill University; St Michael’s Hospital)
  • Denmark (Copenhagen University; Mental Health Centre Copenhagen)
  • Germany (Hamburg University; Ulm University)
  • Ghana (CBM International)
  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong University)
  • India (Quality Rights Gujarat)
  • Ireland (Mayo Recovery College)
  • Israel (Ben Gurion University of the Negev; Haifa University)
  • Italy (Consortium Oscar Romero)
  • Netherlands (EUFAMI, Phrenos; VU University Amsterdam)
  • Norway (University College of Southeast Norway; Norwegian Resource Centre for Community Mental Health)
  • Portugal (Lisbon Institute for Global Mental Health)
  • Sierra Leone (World Health Organisation)
  • Slovenia (University of Ljubljana)
  • Tanzania (Ifakara Health Institute)
  • Uganda (Butabika National Referral Hospital; Heartsounds Recovery College)
  • USA (Boston University; Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Centre; University of Massachusetts; Yale University)

And we work with international organisation, such as

  • Mental Health Europe
  • RAND Europe
  • Validity
  • World Health Organization

page updated 28 November 2017