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

Refocus on Recovery conference archive

Refocus on Recovery 2019 (3-5 September, Nottingham)

Information on our next Refocus on Recovery international conference is here.


Refocus on Recovery 2017 (18-20 September, Nottingham)

Five expert workshops (104 participants) and 382 conference participants from 26 countries.

Download the 2017 conference programme

Feedback indicated 92% satisfaction with expert workshops and 91% satisfaction with the conference.

Download the 2017 conference report

Twitter highlights on Storify from the 2017 conference here.


Welcome Video

Isabella Goldie - Surviving or thriving: creating a movement for change

Manoj Kumar - The feasibility of mental healthcare delivery by volunteers in a co-production model of mental health care delivery in resource-scarce settings

Mark Hopfenbeck - Peer-supported open dialogue: On Recovering Difference

Mike Slade - New frontiers in recovery research

Nicola Kay - A personalised approach to mental health - how to get person-centred, integrated and better value services

Steve Gillard - Peer support in mental health services: social intervention of "freedom to be"?

Kwame McKenzie - Building societies that promote recovery

Jasna Russo - Connecting first-person knowledges of madness and distress: From individual stories to a collective and inclusive epistemology

Conference Debate - "This house believes that peer support should be an accredited mental health profession"

Boomwhacker Event


Refocus on Recovery 2014 (2-3 June, London)

403 attenders from 23 countries.

Feedback indicated 91% satisfaction with scientific content.

Download 2014 conference programme


Alison Mohammed - welcome from Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness, UK

Terry Bowyer - The journey of recovery

Kenneth Thompson - Transforming services: Old baby, new bath? Old bath, new baby? New bath, new baby?

Mike Slade - Researching recovery

Mary Leamy - The REFOCUS Study

Geoff Shepherd - Organisational transformation

Alessandro Svettini - Changing services in Italy

Jane McGregor - Recovery Colleges: Lessons Learned from an Educational Perspective

John Larsen - Crisis Houses: an alternative approach to recovery

Samson Tse - balloon release

Conference Debate: Recovery is now a meaningless term

Refocus on Recovery 2012 (5-7 March, London)

Seven Masterclasses (181 participants) and 343 conference participants from 18 countries.

Feedback satisfaction ratings ranged from 82% to 96%.

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Peter Beresford, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University, UK, long term user of mental health services and Chair of Shaping Our Lives. 

Tom Craig, Director of Research and Development at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness, UK.

Nic Marks, founder of Centre for Wellbeing at the New Economics Foundation (nef), UK.

Mary O'Hagan, former service user and Mental Health Commissioner, New Zealand.

Mark Ragins, Psychiatrist and Medical Director of MHA Village Integrated Service Agency in California, USA.

Paulette Ranaraja, carer, Volunteer Carer Supporter at West London Mental Health Trust and Co-leader of Rethink Mental Illness' Carers Education Training Programme, UK.

Mike Slade, Professor of Health Services Research, Institute of Psychiatry (now the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience), King's College London, UK.

Question and answer session

Refocus on Recovery 2010 (20-22 September, London)

Eight Masterclasses (168 participants) and 509 conference participants from 23 countries.

Feedback indicated overall satisfaction ratings of 92% with Masterclasses and 88% with scientific content of the conference.

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Simon Bradstreet, Director, Scottish Recovery Network.

Dr Lynne Friedli, Centre for Welfare Reform, Sheffield, UK.

Dr Lindsay Oades, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Conference debate: this house believes that mental health services need to fundamentally change if they are to support recovery.