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.

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

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