How our service can help you
The Recovery Coach Team is a community service for people who are moving on from secondary community mental health services back to their GP and may find this transition challenging.
The service offers coaching and peer support worker sessions to help you identify what you may need to do and what support you may need to access to make this transition as successful as possible. The team consists of Recovery Coaches and Peer Support Workers.
- The Recovery Coaches have been trained in coaching methods to empower you to take control of your recovery journey by helping you to establish your own goals.
- The Peer Support Workers are people with lived experience of challenges around mental health who are trained to support you to achieve the goals you identify.
Who is this service for?
Discharge from secondary mental health services can be considered a significant achievement and outcome. However, you may find the transition from high levels of support to reduced levels challenging.
You might be interested in getting support from voluntary organisations or community groups but might be unsure how you go about that. You may find additional support can be helpful to manage this transition. The service aims to offer coaching and peer support worker sessions to help you identify what you need to do and what support you would benefit from to make this transition as successful as possible.
What is ‘recovery’?
Traditionally, the concept of recovery in mental health has been judged primarily on the absence of psychiatric symptoms and a reduction in the number or frequency of hospital admissions. However, discharge from secondary mental health services is an important milestone in your recovery journey.
Recovery is about living a satisfying and fulfilling life. It is also a unique experience which means that different people will need different types of support. You will be encouraged to take control of your own recovery by making your own choices which of course might include some ups and downs during the recovery process. We can support you throughout your transition from the secondary community mental health services, by using coaching techniques and offering peer support. We can assist you in identifying and achieving your goals to aid your ongoing recovery journey.
How can coaching help me?
- Coaching can empower you to move towards your desired goals.
- Coaching can help you to bring about discovery, change and action.
- The coaching relationship is a mutual collaboration based on trust, openness and understanding
- Coaching involves working together to see opportunities, raise self-awareness and unlock inner potential.
- Coaching can support you to move at the pace that feels right for you.
- Coaching can help you develop skills to positively manage stressors in life.
What do we offer?
We aim to start supporting you at a time when you are working towards transition from secondary mental health services, back to the care of your GP. We would ensure that coaching is the right approach by having a conversation with you about what being coached means, what you can expect from us and what we expect from you. Together, we can decide if this service is the right one for you.
If we mutually decide to proceed, we will offer you one-to-one coaching and/or peer support work sessions. The amount of time and the number of sessions you need will depend on the goals you identify. This will be short-term, focused work and we would expect to work with most people for about 6 - 8 weeks. You may also still be working with your care coordinator and any other services involved in your care.
Where appropriate we may work with you while you access organisations that can support you in the community. We may also help you identify activities which can increase your confidence and self-esteem such as volunteering, paid work, educational and creative activities. The service usually operates via face to face sessions however due to current service provision the support offered may be via an online video appointment or telephone appointment.
Contact the service
The Old Town Hall
17 Bridge Street
T: 01733 748877
Referrals will be considered from someone who knows you well, such as your care coordinator or a family member, or you may wish to refer yourself. We would need a simple referral form completed with your contact details and the reason why you might benefit from our service.
To be referred to the Recovery Coach Team you will need to:
- Be aged 17-65
- Be in secondary mental health services and ready to work toward discharge or discharged from secondary mental health care within the last 12 months
- Benefit from support with moving on from mental health services.
A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
At Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, we value the often life-long support carers provide and recognise them as equal care partners. We want to offer as much guidance and reassurance as possible, to help you in your caring role. You can find general information and support for adult carers, young carers and parent carers by following this link.