Recovery and Outcomes

The Recovery and Outcomes network of involvement groups is commissioned by NHS England to bring together people living in, working in and commissioning adult low and medium secure mental health services to ensure that people are as involved as possible in influencing local and national practice and the way services are commissioned and provided. In doing so, the people who attend the Recovery and Outcomes Groups are also supported to achieve their personal recovery goals.

Recovery and Outcomes Groups take place throughout England. We invite people from all the medium and low secure services in a geographical area to attend groups that run from 1pm-3.30pm with lunch beforehand from 12.15pm. We meet in a large secure service which varies each time. The meetings are attended by between 20 and 50 people, depending on the area, of which about half are people living in secure services. The meetings are very informal and people are encouraged to participate as much or as little as they want. Some people want to come for only part of the meeting, which is absolutely fine.

Every Recovery and Outcomes Group has an engaging agenda that includes presentations by people living in services together with staff, and interactive discussions to maximise participation and involvement in key agenda items. In September/October 2019, for example, groups were invited to feedback on the draft ‘Managing a Healthy Weight’ Guidance, developed by the NHS England Adult Secure Clinical Reference Group. Please find the final feedback collated in our Managing a Healthy Weight in Secure Services report here.

At previous rounds of Recovery and Outcomes Groups participants  contributed to the following national developments within secure services:

  • new service specifications for adult medium and low secure services
  • development of Specialist Community Forensic Team pilots
  • development of new services for women
  • the NHS Long Term Plan.


Please note, due to Covid-19 the Recovery and Outcomes Groups are currently not meeting.

Adult Secure Service User, Family and Carer Feedback Survey during the Covid-19 pandemic

In collaboration with NHS England/Improvement, we developed a survey to gather the views and experiences of people in adult secure services and their families and carers of Covid-19 and lockdown from March to June 2020.

We found out what is working well for service users, families and carers, what is not working so well and what improvements people would like to see during this time. We heard about the things that had happened as a consequence of COVID-19 that people would like to see continued in the future. We also asked people what else they’d like to tell us about their experiences during this time. We received responses to the survey from 368 people from high, medium and low and community forensic services.

This report provides an overview of the responses we received which we hope will support regional and local discussions across adult secure services, especially as part of their recovery planning and also in relation to the impact of any local lockdowns or a second wave of the pandemic. We wanted to ensure that the voice of people in secure services and their families and carers can influence how services are commissioned and delivered.

Click here to download the report


Recovery & Outcomes Champions

Recovery & Outcomes Champions are people in secure services who actively encourage, support and enable as many people as possible within that service, to feed their ideas, thoughts and comments into the Recovery & Outcomes Group meetings.

If you are living or working in a secure service and are. Interested in becoming a champion? Contact via recoveryandoutcomes@rethink.org

Click here to download our champions poster

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