PERFORMANCE: The mental health and community services provider has launched an educational service for people with mental health issues and those in receipt of addictions and learning disabilities services.

The launch on Wednesday April 18 comes after a pilot scheme in January.

The college has developed “recovery courses” which are created and delivered by peer recovery trainers, people who have also had mental health problems, and recovery trainers, mental health practitioners.

Chief executive Claire Murdoch said: “I am delighted that the CNWL Recovery College has delivered such an encouraging pilot term of courses that we are now able to extend its offering to a wider audience.

“The college provides the trust with the opportunity to realise the vision that a number of staff, service users and external stakeholders have shared for some time: To redesign services and put recovery at the heart of what we do, to give people hope, and to challenge all of us to put service users at the centre of our work. This is being achieved by having service users and staff co-producing, delivering and attending the courses together, learning together and, where applicable, challenging outdated practice and thinking.”