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Publications about Recovery Colleges

This list is maintained as a resource for the Recovery College community. If you would like a publication added to this list please email us giving year, type (Peer-reviewed journal article OR Other publication which can be easily accessed online), 6-10 words of description about the publication (why someone might want to read it) and the complete reference in the format used below.


Evaluation of the impact of arts based courses in a Recovery College:

Stevens J, Butterfield C, Whittington A, Holttum S (2018) Evaluation of Arts based Courses within a UK Recovery College for People with Mental Health Challenges, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, 1170.

The meaning of co-production for clinicians:

Dalgarno D, Oates J (2018) The meaning of co‐production for clinicians: An exploratory case study of Practitioner Trainers in one Recovery College, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 25, 349-357.

Service use outcomes:

Bourne P, Meddings S, Whittington A (2018) An evaluation of service use outcomes in a Recovery College, Journal of Mental Health, in press.

The power of love in Recovery Colleges:

Ashcraft L, Brown S.E, (2018) The mysterious third practice: the Power of Love instead of the Love of Power, Journal of Recovery in Mental Health, 3, 38-42.

Views of psychiatrists about Recovery Colleges:

Collins R, Shakespeare T, Firth L (2018) Psychiatrist’s views on Recovery Colleges, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 13, 90-99.

Process and outcomes for an Australian recovery college:

Hall T, Jordan H, Reifels L, Belmore S, Hardy D, Thompson H, Brophy L (2018) A process and intermediate outcomes evaluation of an Australian recovery college, Journalof Recovery in Mental Health, 3, 7-20.

Lived experience and co-production:

Pledger A (2018) The value of lived experience: Co-production and collaboration in Recovery Colleges, Journal of Recovery in Mental Health, 3, 21-28.

A Recovery College in Italy:

Lucchi F, Chiaf E, Piacentino A, Scarsato G (2018) Programma FOR: A Recovery College in Italy, Journal of Recovery in Mental Health, 3, 29-37.

The transformative power of a recovery college:

Arbour S, Rose B (2018) Improving relationships, lives and systems: The transformative power of a recovery college, Journal of Recovery in Mental Health, 3, 1-6.

Recovery Colleges 10 Years On:

Perkins, R, Meddings S, Williams S, Repper J (2018) Recovery Colleges 10 Years On, Nottingham: ImROC.

Review of evidence about Recovery Colleges:

Australian Healthcare Associates (2018) Literature review to inform the development of Recovery Colleges in Western Australia, Melbourne: AHA.

A co-design and co-delivery initiative:

Martin K, Stevens A, Arbour S (2017) The process of developing a co-design and co-delivery initiative for mental health programming, Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, 2, 247-251.

Developing a recovery college:

Kelly J, Gallagher S, McMahon J (2017) Developing a Recovery College: a preliminary exercise in establishing regional readiness and community needs, Journal of Mental Health, 26, 150-155.

Qualitative evaluation of a Recovery College:

Sommer J, Gill K, Stein-Parbury J (2018) Walking side-by-side: Recovery Colleges revolutionising mental health care, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 22, 18-26.

A Recovery College in Canada:

Arbour S, Stevens A (2017) A Recovery College in Canada: An Innovative means of Supporting and Empowering Individuals with Severe Mental Illness, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 36, 59-63

Development of a Recovery College in Australia:

Jay L, Macadam B, Gardner C, Mahboub L (2017) Hope headquarters: recovery collegeHealth Promotion Journal of Australia, 28, 170-173.

Stakeholder attitudes and needs for a recovery college:

Kelly J, Gallagher S, McMahon J (2017) Developing a recovery college: a preliminary exercise in establishing regional readiness and community needs,  Journal of Mental Health, 26, 150-155.

Impact on staff of attending a Recovery College:

Perkins  A, Ridler J, Hammond L, Hackmann C,  Davies S (2017) Impacts of attending recovery colleges on NHS staff, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 21, 1, 18-24.

Adherence of Recovery Colleges to original principles:

Perkins R, Repper J (2017) Editorial: When is a “recovery college” not a “recovery college”?, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 21, 2, 65-72. 

Recovery Colleges and co-production:

Shepherd G, McGregor J, Meddings S, Roeg W (2017) Recovery Colleges and Co-production. In: Slade M, Oades L, Jarden A (eds) “Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health” Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 181-193.

Recovery Colleges in the UK:

Anfossi, A (2017) The current state of Recovery Colleges in the UK: final report, Nottingham, ImROC.

The business case for Recovery Colleges:

Slade M, McDaid D, Shepherd G, Williams S, Repper J (2017) ImROC Briefing Paper 14. Recovery: the Business Case, Nottingham: ImROC; 2017.

Student experience of attending a Recovery College:

Dunn E, Chow J, Meddings S, Haycock L (2016) Barriers to attendance at Recovery Colleges, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20, 4, 238-246.

Qualitative study of students attending a Recovery College:

Zabel  E, Donegan G,  Lawrence K, French P (2016) Exploring the impact of the recovery academy: a qualitative study of Recovery College experiences, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 11, 162-171.

Feasibility and impact of a recovery college in a forensic setting:

Frayn E, Duke J, Smith H, Wayne P, Roberts G (2016) A voyage of discovery: setting up a recovery college in a secure setting, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 20, 29-35.

Impact of a Recovery College on students:

Newman-Taylor K, Stone N, Valentine P, Hooks Z, Sault K (2016) The Recovery College: A unique service approach and qualitative evaluation,  Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 39, 2, 187-190.

Review of social acceptability of Recovery Colleges:

Thornhill H, Dutta A (2016) Thematic paper: Are recovery colleges socially acceptable?, BJPysch International, 13, 1, 6-7.

First meeting of an international Recovery College community of practice:

McGregor J, Brophy L, Hardy D, Hoban D, Meddings S, Repper J, Rinaldi M, Roeg W, Shepherd G, Slade M, Smelson D, Stergiopoulos V, RCICoP Group (2016) Proceedings of June 2015 Meeting, Recovery Colleges International Community of Practice (RCICoP).

Report on Australasian Recovery College community of practice:

Mind (2016) Australasian Recovery College Community of Practice Inaugural Meeting, Victoria: Mind.

Mixed-method evaluation of Australian Recovery College:

Hall T, Brophy L, Jordan H (2016) A report on the preliminary outcomes of the Mind Recovery College, The University of Melbourne, Centre for Mental Health.

Presentation on research evidence for Recovery Colleges:

Shepherd G, McGregor J (2016) Recovery Colleges – Evolution or Revolution? Ghent, November 9.

Student outcomes, course uptake and resource use:

Meddings S, Campbell E, Guglietti S, Lambe H, Locks L, Byrne D, Whittington A (2015) From service user to student: the benefits of Recovery Colleges, Clinical Psychology Forum, 268, 32-37.

Case study on co-production in developing a Recovery College:

Meddings S, McGregor J, Roeg W, Shepherd G (2015) Recovery colleges: quality and outcomes, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 19, 4, 212-222. 

Project lead, student and peer support worker perspectives:

Skipper L, Page K (2015) Our recovery journey: two stories of change within Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 19, 1, 38 – 44.

Evaluation of two ‘pop-up’ Recovery Colleges:

Burhouse A, Rowland M, Niman H M, Abraham D, Collins E, Matthews H, Denney J, Ryland H (2015) Coaching for recovery: a quality improvement project in mental healthcare, BMJ Quality Improvement Reports, 4, doi: 10.1136/bmjquality.u206576.w2641.

Role of Recovery Colleges in supporting access to employment:

Taggart H, Kempton J (2015) The route to employment: the role of mental health recovery colleges, London: CentreForum.

Development of a Recovery College:

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (2015) CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College Annual Report April 2014 – July 2015.

Current approaches to co-production in UK Recovery Colleges:

King T (2015) An Exploratory Study of Co-Production In Recovery Colleges In The UK, Sussex: University of Brighton.

Mixed-method evaluation of a Recovery College: 

Kaminskiy E, Moore S (2015) South Essex Recovery College Evaluation, Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University.

Exploration of critical dimensions of a Recovery College:

McGregor J, Repper J, Brown H (2014) “The college is so different from anything I have done”. A study of the characteristics of Nottingham Recovery College, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 9, 3-15.

Using co-production approach in developing a Recovery College:

Meddings S, Byrne D, Barnicoat S, Campbell E, Locks L (2014) Co-Delivered and Co–Produced: Creating a Recovery College in Partnership, Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 9, 16-25.

Student perspectives on impact of a Recovery College:

Meddings S, Guglietti S, Lambe H, Byrne D (2014) Student perspectives: recovery college experience, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 18, 3, 142-150.

Development of a Recovery College:

McCaig M, McNay L, Marland G, Bradstreet S, Campbell J (2014) Establishing a recovery college in a Scottish University, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 18, 92-97.

Evaluation of a Recovery College pilot:

North Essex Research Network (2014) Evaluation of the Mid Essex Recovery College October–December, Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University.

Development and delivery of a Recovery College:

Rennison J, Skinner S, Bailey A (2014) CNWL Recovery College Annual Report April 2013 – March 2014, London: Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

The value of co-production in a recently established Recovery College:

Gill K (2014) Recovery Colleges. Co-Production in Action: The value of the lived experience in “Learning and Growth for Mental Health”, Health Issues, 113, 10-14.

Feasibility of introducing an education approach to recovery:

McMahon J, Wallace N, Kelly J, Egan E (2014) Recovery Education College: A Needs Analysis, Limerick: University of Limerick.

History of the education model in recovery:

Oh H (2013) The pedagogy of recovery colleges: clarifying theory, Mental Health Review Journal, 18, 240.

Development and delivery of a Recovery College:

Zucchelli F, Skinner S (2013) Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust’s (CNWL) recovery college: the story so far…, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 17, 4, 183-189.

Systematic review of literature on recovery and education:

Watson E (2013) What Makes a Recovery College? A Systematic Literature Review of Recovery Education in Mental Health, Nottingham: MHSc Dissertation.

ImROC briefing paper on Recovery Colleges:

Perkins R, Repper J, Rinaldi M, Brown H (2012) Recovery Colleges. Implementing Recovery Through Organisational Change, Mental Health Network NHS Confederation, Centre for Mental Health, London.

Care Coordinator views of student experience of courses and attitudes to self-management:

Rinaldi M, Suleman M (2012) Care co-ordinators’ attitudes to self-management and their experience of the use of the South West London Recovery College, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

Mental health service use of students:

Rinaldi M, Morland M, Wybourn S (2012) Annual Report 2011 – 2012 South West London Recovery College, London, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

A concept paper for establishment of a Recovery College:

Pollock S, Callaghan R, Hidges C (2013) Establishment of the Mind Recovery College, Heidelberg: Mind Australia.

Impact on students and service-level outcomes from a RC:

Rinaldi M, Wybourn S (2011) The Recovery College Pilot in Merton and Sutton: longer term individual and service level outcomes, South West London and St. Georges Mental Health NHS Trust.