Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. Recovery is not about ‘getting rid of problems’. It is about seeing people beyond their problems. In the recovery area of our website, you can access information about Recovery College East, our Peer Support Worker training and Recovery Coaching.

What is recovery?

"Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.”
Scottish Recovery Network 2009

“Recovery is not about ‘getting rid of problems’. It is about seeing people beyond their problems – their abilities, possibilities, interests, and dreams and recovering the social roles and relationships that give life value and meaning”
Julie Repper and Rachel Perkins, 2002

The CPFT Board has endorsed the concept of recovery as central to the working of CPFT. Recovery is embedded in the vision and values of CPFT. CPFT has developed a recovery pledge.

The key components of the project:

  • Peer support
  • Employment and mental health
  • Personalisation

CPFT Recovery Strategy

A copy of our Recovery and Resilience Strategy can be downloaded from the "Further Information" section below: 

Implementing Recovery Organisational Change (IMROC)

CPFT is very proud to have been selected as a demonstration site for Implementing Recovery Organisational Change (IMROC), a joint sponsored project by the Department of Health and the NHS Confederation. As one of six demonstration sites in the country, we were chosen as a result of our excellent progress in successfully embedding a recovery approach and in making good progress in many of the key elements of recovery-focused practice.

All demonstration sites use the IMROC methodology in an ongoing process of assessment, goal setting, action planning and review and join a learning set with the pilot sites and learning set members. Below is the description of our work produced by the Project Team during the baseline assessment process.

"Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment at a Board level, led by the Chief Executive, and driven by other executive directors to integrate recovery into the culture of CPFT. It is probably best known for the outstanding progress it has made in the training and employment of peer workers. Following an intensive period of planning and training by experts from Recovery Innovations in Phoenix, Arizona, 60 peers with ‘lived experience’ in mental health problems have been trained and more than 50 have been appointed to positions within CPFT. This is an ongoing programme of training and integration to fulfil the Trusts' vision as an organisation that supports and encourages diversity in the workforce and recognises the importance of lived experience in delivery of mental health services."

Click here to find out more about IMROC.

ImROC key documents


 Making Recovery a Reality
 Implementing Recovery
   Supporting Recovery in Mental Health
   ImROC Briefing Series 1: Recovery Colleges
   ImROC Briefing Series 2: Recovery, Personalisation and Personal Budgets
   ImROC Briefing Series 3: Recovery, Public Mental Health and Wellbeing
Peer support in mental health care: Is it good value for money?
ImROC Briefing Series 5: Peer Support Workers - theory and practice
ImROC Briefing Series 10: Making recovery a reality in forensic settings

The page was last updated on 14 March 2018 by pcouch.


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