Hello My name is Gordon

Hello my name is Gordon. I was introduced to Rosewood Involvement Centre from the Let’s Talk Wellbeing service run by our Trust as they thought I had come as far as I could with counselling and needed something more in my life.

Before I joined Rosewood, my life revolved around my family, doing everything from getting my children up for school, housework and being there until they went to bed. I did next to nothing for myself apart from going to a Let’s Talk group for an hour each week.

After attending a Communications group at Rosewood plus their regular Friday centre meetings, I felt I had become a member of the ‘Rosewood Family’. Somewhere I could be myself. I was accepted for who I was for the first time in nearly 20 years.

There are numerous opportunities you can take part in as a volunteer. I have taken part in training courses which I enjoyed and gained valuable information to help me progress in my Recovery.

After a while I gained confidence and went to my first ‘Millbrook Live’ meeting which I found daunting at first but it was fascinating to hear patients views and opinions about their experiences on the ward and the way services can be changed through listening to patients.

As a direct result of being involved at Rosewood I am slowly becoming the person I was before my bout of depression where my state of mind was so dark that I only thought of self-ham and ways to end my life.

I am grateful and thankful that none of actions were fulfilled and I am now here to help others in similar situations.



My name is Eric Wilson and I’m a volunteer at Rosewood Involvement Centre. I am regularly involved in staff interviews as part of a panel of carers and service users. I recently participated in interviews for two new Consultant Psychiatrists.

The panel consisted of Alan an ex-service user, Audrey a service user, Ingrid a carer and myself as a service user acting as chair.

We asked four questions each designed around patient and carer involvement in the Recovery pathway and also the role and inclusion of carers, families and friends in the  Triangle of Care.

As one of the Posts was for the Crisis team, one question was about provision for the prevention of admission and readmission.

We look for values based answers in accordance with the 6 c’s

Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment.

The I.I.T. train patients to sit on interview panels and we have had recent successes at Rampton Hospital, interviewing nurses and nursing assistants.

It is always a privilege for me to help recruit staff for the Trust and I am hoping to gain more experience in this area as time goes on.


Involving the Involvement Centres in Research!

It was an honour to be guest speaker at the Involvement Centre at Duncan Macmillan House and the Rosewood Involvement Centre. I was joined by my colleague Dr Oonagh Meade. On both occasions I presented some of the findings from my recently published paper on service user perspectives on mental health care planning [1].

As a service user myself, working on a care planning programme of research it was reassuring to be welcomed so warmly and to share what we’ve been up to!

The Involvement Centres have been influential in publicising our research studies and took part in an interview study asking for service user’s experiences and user involvement in care planning.

We ran a questionnaire helping us to develop a new tool to measure user and carer involvement in care planning and will be used in future research studies where it will be developed into an audit tool to help NHS Trusts to measure quality user/carer involvement in care planning.

My paper draws together the information gathered from service users in the interview study which have been summarised through a framework with 10 themes of user involved care planning.

It was encouraging to see lots of nods of approvals when meeting with the centres as I went through the findings but it was also disheartening to hear that many service users still feel side-lined in the care planning process. Some people don’t even have an up to date care plan. Many service users don’t know that they can be involved in care planning. This is why the research was being done in the first place.

On behalf of the EQUIP research team, I would like to thank everyone who completed a questionnaire, took part in an interview or promoted the studies. We really value everyone’s input and time and energy; we really couldn’t have done it without your partnership in this!

If you would like to take part in a new EQUIP survey about mental health care planning please visit: https://limesurvey.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/index.php/187196/lang-en

Andrew Grundy (Research Associate, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham)

[1] Grundy et al., ‘Bringing meaning to user involvement in mental health care planning: a qualitative exploration of service user perspectives’ Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing (Dec 2015) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jpm.12275/abstract

[2] The EQUIP project website can be found here: http://sites.nursing.manchester.ac.uk/equip/

This blog-post summarizes independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (grant reference number RP-PG-1210-12007). The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

New Skills as a Rosewood Centre Involvement Volunteer and Recovery College Peer Volunteer

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Rosewood Involvement Centre

By Tracy Turland

Hello, I’m Tracy and this is my first ever blog! I have been an Involvement Volunteer at the Rosewood Involvement Centre in Ollerton since July 2013, a carer for a friend and more recently a Peer Volunteer at the Recovery College in Nottingham.

After finally graduating from the first in-house Peer Support Worker training in September 2015 I felt that I was at a crossroads in my life. This was a landmark for me as it took three applications before I got on the course!

I like to keep myself busy but realise I can’t do everything and please everyone all of the time. During the course my resilience and control were tested whilst waiting for a post of ‘Peer Support Worker’ to be advertised. It was a typical Friday afternoon meeting at Rosewood when Nigel Groves, Rosewood Centre Manager approached me with his usual sunny disposition. He always senses when something is troubling me, perhaps it’s because all too often I wear my heart on my sleeve! He offered me a review meeting to discuss my hopes and goals. These take place every three months and every volunteer in the Trust is entitled to one.

Nigel really listened to me. We devised a ‘Personal Development Plan’ and looked at training via the Trust’s Learning & Development programme. Together we agreed what to do after the Peer Training. I used the Trust’s intranet and requested different training via Outlook.

I attended the ‘Coaching Skills for Recovery’ last October with other NHS staff and volunteers. The tutor is a personal life coach. She gave me the tools to enable me to identify my own action plan. I completed a ‘Wheel of Life’ which focuses on important areas of your life which you want to change including career, creativity, spirituality, family, community, learning, health, social life, finances, personal & physical development and home.

On reflection I can see that I had the answers all along, the unconscious mind in spite of itself will come up with the answers. Sometimes, you don’t have to take any action; instead you have to walk away from a problem or situation.

I then met with Helen Brown the Recovery College Centre Manager to discuss becoming a Peer Volunteer and attended a Volunteer’s Induction session at the college. Helen gave an overview of the structure and explained about supervision and reflective practice with Angela (College Volunteer Co-ordinator). I completed a’ Wellness to Volunteer Action Plan’ and identified that I wanted to co-deliver a ‘Creativity and Recovery’ course with Scott and Debbie.

I work part-time as an ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) Tutor and learnt a new creative skill recently called ‘Zendoodle/Zentangle’ designed to relax, relieve stress and help inspiration as well as playing with dough! The group was a mixture of musicians, artists, poets and a jewellery maker. I used my teaching experience to present different activities on the ‘Creativity and Recovery Course’ and gathered ideas from course members.

I would like to thank Nigel and Helen for giving me the many opportunities to enhance my teaching and learning skills. I am looking forward to 2016 and continuing my professional development as a Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust volunteer.

My goal is to become a Peer Tutor and I’ll keep you posted when this happens!

Recovery means living a meaningful life with or without symptoms. It is about inspiring hope, gaining control of your own wellbeing and taking the opportunities you want to in life.

Recovery College Team: 0115 956 0827

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Recovery Strategy 2013-16




What’s on at Rosewood January 2016?

Rosewood Garden

Well here we are in 2016. Christmas and New Year are sorted and the mild weather we’ve been having is finally over. Snow, frost and scraping the car windscreen in the morning. What joy! Traditionally, January as been a quiet month for Rosewood; however we have seen things pick up already in the centre and within our outreach work.

Every first Monday of the month is the Forensic new staff induction.  This is the same as the Duncan Macmillan House Trust induction for new staff but due to increasing numbers induction is also located at Rampton at the Mike Harris Centre. Julie Hall, the acting Chief Executive Officer is the new recruit’s first presentation closely followed by the Involvement and Experience presentation. This is a great opportunity for volunteers, service users and carers to share their stories and experience as volunteers with new staff.

The centre meetings on a Friday as normal are busy. These meetings include Tracey Rowe the Recovery Lead from Rampton and staff from the Trust safeguarding team.

We continue to help and support our carer groups. On 7th January we had our ‘Rosie’s’ County Carer Group. This meeting was a chance for carers and volunteers to meet one of our local commissioners. We continue to help support the third sector and one of our new groups is the Alzheimer’s Carers Group. This runs the first Tuesday each month and we are ready to welcome new members.

We have some of our normal outreach work which includes the 15 Step Challenge; these are ongoing in some of our prison healthcare services including HMP Lindholme, Hatfield and. Doncaster. The 15 Step Challenge is exactly what it sounds like; a review of the healthcare environment. The 15 Step Challenge is not just based in prisons but also across the Trust’s acute and forensic hospital wards.

We continue to develop our links with forensic services holding our monthly forensic involvement group at the Rosewood Centre. This is on the last Thursday of each month from 1:30pm. Guests from our secure services include Rampton, Wathwood, and The Wells Road Centre .We are also doing some research and development around natural peers and peer support working in forensics, this is a collaboration with staff from Human Resources.

A few other things this month is our outreach work from both Involvement centres. The Story Shop is based at Queens Medical Centre. This is a great way of fighting stigma and raising awareness of mental health and has been nominated for a Trust Oscar and nominated for a national award.

At Rampton we will help to support patients at their Directorate Involvement Recovery Group. We aim build more links this year and gather more patient feedback covering all Rampton Hospital.

Services at Rampton

National Women’s High Secure Service

The Peaks Unit – Male Personality Disorder Directorate

Mental Health Directorate

National Learning Disability Directorate.

Our Involvement Volunteers are involved in meetings at patient level helping develop the two-way feedback process which aims to bring about change.

We continue to help and support interviews across The Trust. We are participating in consultant psychiatry and senior social worker interviews. We have also had the opportunity to present to 70 student nurses who hope to apply to work for the Trust.

Have a good month, I will be back to update you in February!

Nigel & Graphic

Nigel Groves – Rosewood Centre Manager

Carers Christmas fuddle Bassetlaw Hospital

The input of Carers, Families and Friends are vital to the work of the Involvement Team. Ingrid is an Involvement Volunteer and is regarded with great affection  as ‘The Rosewood Mum’ at The Rosewood Involvement Centre in Ollerton. She is a lady with a big heart  always thinking of others before herself. She has actively campaigned for carers to be included in all aspects of care and was responsible for the inclusion of a carers information leaflet for all carers and families with loved ones arriving for the first time on Bassetlaw Mental Health Wards. This was based on her own experience and what she wanted to know as a new carer arriving for the first time on a ward with a family member knowing absolutely nothing about Adult Mental Health Services. Ingrid is a member of  The Story Shop  and participates in many other volunteering activities. She is an invaluable member of the Involvement Volunteering team. Thank You Ingrid.

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Ingrid  AKA “Rosewood Mum”

Ingrid has written her thoughts on the Bassetlaw  Hospital Christmas event for carers.

”It was just fantastic! We had a very tasteful buffet , some carers had made their own dishes  which were delicious.

We had a mindfulness group for about 45mins which was really relaxing.

Then, to follow a harpist followed by the Rosewood Rockers (Vlas, Alan and Eric. So we had a good old sing song of favourites and some Christmas songs.

Rosewood Rockers
The Rosewood Rockers

All in all everybody really enjoyed themselves, a great afternoon.

Thank you to all who gave their time for us Carers, its much appreciated.”