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Friday, 07 September 2018

Trust hosts VIP visitor from Australia to its ground breaking Recovery College

Trust hosts VIP visitor from Australia to its ground breaking Recovery College

On Thursday 6 September, South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust welcomed Minister Shane Rattenbury, who is the Minister for Mental Health in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government to learn more about the Trust’s pioneering Recovery College.

Minister Rattenbury, met with some of the current peer trainers to hear first-hand about the college’s approach to co-production and about their successes. They also heard from staff about the challenges of transitioning from a pilot to a full college and the outcomes that the college has seen.

Speaking about the visit, Miles Rinaldi, Head of Recovery and Social Inclusion at SWLSTG said “It is always a pleasure to welcome colleagues from around the world to share best practice and discuss innovations and it was especially nice to welcome Minister Rattenbury at a time when the NHS is high in people’s minds. Our Recovery College was the first of its kind in the UK, providing educational courses to help people with a wide range of mental health conditions, building their confidence, their understanding, skills and abilities to support their recovery journeys. We often have requests from all over the world to visit the College and we use opportunities like these to share our expertise and support development of Recovery Colleges everywhere."