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Recovery and wellbeing - we will try to help people be as well as they can be

Original painting by Clare
Original painting by Clare

We want to make sure that your health and wellbeing is as good as it can be. We are committed to a recovery focused approach to services, which includes the use of:

  • Recovery tools and techniques

  • Staying well and wellbeing approaches

  • Health promotion initiatives such as smoking cessation, physical health etc.


We want to support people to fulfil their potential by:

  • Achieving personal development aims, needs and wishes

  • Accessing meaningful occupation, education, employment and learning

  • Accessing community services and amenities

  • Promoting wellness and recovery

  • Promoting and understanding meaning and purpose in life.


Click here for My Recovery Plan booklet (PDF version. You can print off this copy and write on it)

Click here for our 5 Ways to Wellbeing booklet

Send an e-card to someone with a mental illness - 3 in 4 don't get a card

"The care has been exceptionally excellent. The help with the walk once a week and introduction to the gym once a week have both improved my well being." Service User
"I have had time to start to recover even though at first I found it so hard to sort anything out, and CPN did not force anything on me." Service User
Original painting by Lisa
Original painting by Lisa


Recovery is a concept that recognises that people can be in control of their lives despite mental health problems, and can regain a meaningful life despite a serious mental illness.

Components of the process of recovery:

  1. Finding and maintaining hope – believing in oneself; having a sense of personal agency; optimistic about the future;
  2. Re-establishment of a positive identity – finding a new identity which incorporates illness, but retains a core, positive sense of self;
  3. Building a meaningful life – making sense of illness, finding a meaning in life despite illness, engaged in life;
  4. Taking responsibility and control - feeling in control of illness and in control of life. 

(after Andresen, Oades & Caputi, 2003 Making Recovery a Reality, Sainsbury 2008)

My Recovery Plan

Click here for the My Recovery Plan booklet (PDF version.  You can print off this copy and write on it)

Good Practice

See the Trust website for information about the partnership with Chesterfield College  As part of World Mental Health Day, Art and Design students at Chesterfield College were presented with a project brief based on ideas from both college staff and patients from the Hartington Unit themselves. Using the themes of care, health and recovery, students are undertaking project work to produce a piece of art to be displayed within the unit. A project is also underway to develop a 3D sculpture for display in the Hartington Unit’s courtyard


See under Useful Links below for resources

What do you do to nurture yourself and relax? Some suggestions

Peer support workers: Theory & practice briefing from ImROC

Mindfullness: Online training course from the Mental Health Foundation

Healthy Lifestyles

Being healthy isn’t just about fitness; it’s about physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  

For more information about Keeping well see the new section on the website or go to:


Keeping well at work

For tips on keeping well at work, see the Mind website  

Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy Lifestyle

Health promotion is about:

  • keeping healthy

  • living a healthy lifestyle

  • preventing illness, and

  • preventing any existing illness from becoming worse.


It includes issues such as: diet, obesity, smoking, exercise, alcohol and drugs, preventing heart disease, cervical screening, breast screening, sun and health, well woman, well man, immunisation, sexual health etc


Would you like to volunteer for Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust? We are currently developing a range of volunteering opportunities within the trust that we believe will help to improve our services and provide valuable experiences to those who volunteer. We believe that volunteering can have a positive impact on everyone involved and really can help to improve the service-user experience and make a difference to the services we provide.

Volunteers play a crucial role in health and social care. As a result of the wide-ranging efforts of this unpaid workforce, we enjoy healthier communities and a higher-performing health and social care system. It is doubtful whether the system could continue to operate without them. Volunteers help by improving patient experience and building a closer relationship between services and communities. (Volunteering in Health and Care, Kings Fund, 2013)

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can be a volunteer. If you are willing and able give some of your free time to support service users and staff within Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust then we would be happy to receive your application. We would particularly welcome volunteers and carers with personal experiences of using services within the trust.

What do volunteers do?

We are now starting to recruit new volunteers into roles within the trust. The volunteer co-ordinator is working to identify and create a range of volunteering opportunities within DHCFT. Volunteer roles will not in any way replace paid staff, but enhance the services we offer.

Roles can include supporting staff to provide positive experiences for inpatients, gathering feedback, providing peer support for service users by sharing experiences and positive recovery stories. Volunteers can meet and greet, accompany service users and participate in activity sessions. Volunteers can also take on more practical roles such as admin support, helping to prepare for events and conferences or assisting in catering services. These are just some of the examples of how volunteers can get involved.

We encourage volunteers to contribute by sharing new ideas, suggesting valuable volunteer roles and making suggestions that can help to improve services and raise the quality of the care people receive.

How do I apply?

Contact the volunteer co-ordinator and request an application form. The volunteer co-ordinator will then be able to provide you with information about current volunteer opportunities and invite you to come in for a discussion. If there is currently not an available opportunity that matches your skills and interests you will still be able register as a volunteer and the volunteer co-ordinator will do their best to match you to a suitable opportunity.

All volunteers are required to complete pre-employment checks and provide references; the volunteer co-ordinator will be able to explain the process in more detail when you apply to be a volunteer.

Contact: Volunteer Co-ordinator/Social Inclusion Occupational Therapist, Patient Experience Team, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Bramble House, Kingsway Site, Derby, DE22 3LZ. Tel: 01332 623700 ext.33234

Will I be given support?

Yes, the volunteer co-ordinator is there to support and guide you throughout your time as a volunteer.The volunteer co-ordinator is able to work alongside you to provide any extra support you need. This can include developing support plans, relapse plans and tailoring volunteer roles to meet your needs to enable you to become a confident volunteer. The volunteer co-ordinator can also signpost you to further opportunities to volunteer in the wider community and seek out information about training and employment opportunities when you feel ready to take on a new challenge.

What do I need to know?

To become a volunteer you don’t need to have any specific formal qualifications, however, we’d be interested to hear about any training or life experience you have that may be valuable to others in your role as a volunteer. All training for the roles will be provided. Volunteers are a valued part of the team and will need to be willing to attend training in areas such as fire safety and health and safety, this is a requirement to ensure your safety and wellbeing as a volunteer.

Other Training for volunteering

Training for volunteers is being offered by Derbyshire County Council. The five half-days course gives you a Volunteer Passport provided you have CRB. This is not necessary to volunteer for the Trust.

Why get a Volunteer Passport?

  • it demonstrates you have the basic skills needed to volunteer with adults or children and young people

  • the training will help you to build on any volunteering experience you already have

  • if you are thinking about a future career working with adults or children, a Volunteer Passport can help give you confidence and open doors.


The Impact of volunteering

See the report from Volunteering England on Volunteering and Health: What impact does it really have?

Does it pay to volunteer?


Spirituality is an important part of many people's lives. A person’s spirituality may or may not involve a particular faith or religion, but it may help us to value ourselves and others and give us strength, hope and support when facing suffering. We are all unique and of great worth.

Our spirituality is an integral part of our identity, and therefore is individual to us. It is developed throughout our lives, and is built upon our beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviours. Therefore each person will experience spirituality in their own way.

  • Our uniqueness as a person
  • A sense of meaning and purpose
  • A belief in a God, higher being, or being
  • A sense of feeling connected—to the self, to other people, to nature or to the universe
  • A sense of hope, harmony and wholeness
  • Transcendence—a belief that there is more to life than the material and the practical
  • Those activities which give meaning and value to people’s lives
  • A sense of belonging
  • Acceptance
  • Being in touch with the inner self.


For information about our Chaplaincy and Spirituality service, click here

For information about events at the Mulit-Faith Centre at Derby University, click here

Advice for employers on workplace adjustments for mental health conditions

At any one time, one in six adults will be experiencing a mental health condition. It is crucial that employers are playing a full part in supporting job retention and return to work for people with such conditions. In this document we use the term mental health condition to refer to early signs of stress as well as medically diagnosed conditions such as depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In many cases simple and cost-effective workplace adjustments can make a big difference and can allow people with mental health conditions to keep in touch with the working world and live healthy and productive lives. The adjustment needed could be a change in practice or workload.

There are simple adjustments that employers can make to support an employee with a mental health problem. There are a number of reasons why employers should take steps to make adjustments for people with mental health conditions.

From a regulatory perspective, the Equality Act (2010) outlines an employer’s duty to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities in order to ensure that they have the same access to everything that involves gaining or keeping employment as a non-disabled person.

According to the Act a person is defined as disabled if they have a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial long term (i.e. more than 12 months) effect on their normal day to day activities. A person is also protected under the Act if they have been affected in this way in the past but have been well for some time. From a business perspective, proactive management of employees’ mental and physical health can produce a range of benefits, including reduction of sickness absence, greater staff engagement and productivity, and reduced staff turnover, recruitment and costs. Making a few small adjustments to enable a member of staff to continue doing their job is far less expensive than the costs incurred through recruiting and training a new employee. Most adjustments cost nothing and according to The Equality and Human Rights Commission, the average cost is just £75

Being flexible and creative is important when considering solutions. Below are examples which could act as prompts for line managers and employees exploring these issues together.

  • Working hours or patterns

  • Physical environment 

  • Support with workload

  • Support from others

Useful Links

Good work, good mental health, good business

Mind has a variety of resourcees for employers and businesses

Working Chance works with female offenders to help them find rewarding, quality jobs

How not to let disability stop you from getting into your dream job

Find out more about working, jobs and pensions

Living with Dementia: Employment

If you require any information about our policies please contact:

Freedom of Information
Ashbourne Centre
Kingsway Site
Derby DE22 3LZ
or email:

Recovery Star and action planning worksheets on: www.mhpf.org.uk/programmes-and-projects/mental-health-and-recovery/recovery-star

Staying Well Plan SWP

Person-Centred Outcome form - Learning Disabilities

Wellness Recovery Action Planning booklet


Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) by Mary Ellen Copeland aims to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness and empowerment.

Making Recovery a Reality is the policy document produced by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health

The REFOCUS study involves a trial of a new approach to supporting mental health services to become more recovery-focused.

TheRecovery Staris used to work out what areas of life to focus on

Reseach into recovery is the website of the Section for Recovery at the Institute if Psychiatry Kings College

Mindapples encourage you to work out what helps you feel well


The Mental Health Foundation produces Wellbeing Podcasts

5 Ways to Wellbeing booklet

Smoking cessation advice

Health Promotion and healthy lifestyles on Patient.co.uk

Drinkaware includes all kinds of useful information about alcohol and drinking, from fascinating facts to practical tips about alcohol units, how many units are in real drinks and serving sizes, and how the sensible drinking message applies to you and your life.

Talk to Frank includes information and advice on drugs

Sexual Health advice on NHS Choices includes advice about contraception, gay health, menopause, STI’s etc. 

Heart Disease Prevention advice from the British Heart Foundation

Change4life gives advice on healthy eating as part of the: eat well, move more, live longer campaign

Healthcare promotion material for professionals

Time to Change challenges the stigma of mental health

The Mental Health Foundation is committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health, and to help us all lead mentally healthier lives

Physical Activity and Mental Health Guide by the Royal College of Psychiatrists


What is a unit of alcohol? Drinkaware video