Recovery College in Secure Services

The Recovery College aims to reduce stigma of mental health in communities and as such delivers its courses in various community venues across Merseyside.

The Recovery College has been adapted to meet the needs of people in inpatient settings including secure care. 

The secure services have a recovery focused practice which uses the strengths of people who live and work in our hospital to promote hope for the future.

Relationships and working together are key and our patients are at the centre of everything we do.  To support this we set up the ‘High Secure Recovery Champions group’ to influence practice and developments using the staff as ‘experts by profession’ and patients as ‘experts by experience’.

This group now considers pieces of work or new initiatives and are viewed as a valuable resource within the hospital. The patients are responsible for ground breaking, culture changing initiatives that have improved the pathways of our patients and provided nursing staff with the tools they need to provide the recovery orientated practice we desire.

Our Recovery College helps people to become experts in self-care by offering a range of recovery focused courses that develop a person’s knowledge and skill and identify talents to reach their goals and aspirations.

The college uses an educational model underpinned by the principles of co-production. Every aspect, from conception to delivery, is co-developed and co-produced by people with lived experience and staff who offer professional experience. 

The programme is designed to complement and enhance the effectiveness of traditional therapeutic approaches. It utilises the strengths of people and orientates them to the future and the promotion of hope.  We will continue to collaborate to provide an all-encompassing recovery programme and to tackle the issue of stigma in secure mental health settings.


At the Mersey Care Recovery College we are always learning. Always striving to improve and grow, and appreciate feedback from you, the learner. If you think our courses can be improved then please let us know. We are always open to your opinion, and with your help we aim to make Mersey Care Recovery College the best in the UK.

For more information contact:

You can contact the Recovery College on 0151 330 4140.