Psychiatrists’ views on recovery colleges

Rachael Collins, Tom Shakespeare, Lucy Firth

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

10 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide insight into the views and attitudes that psychiatrists have about Recovery Colleges (RCs).

Design/methodology/approach: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 psychiatrists from the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

Findings: Psychiatrists had a strong concept of the RC model, and were broadly positive about it, recognising many benefits. Various challenges were also acknowledged including how the RC model interacts with the medical model.

Originality/value: This is the first known study to explore solely psychiatrist’s views of RCs, a group who are likely to be particularly influential within services. The sample was relatively unexposed to RCs, enabling insight into how the RC is perceived by those outside of its functioning as well as the state of wider organisational support, which is important for the success of RCs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-99
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Issue number2
Early online date1 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2018

Cite this