"Without the Education Recovery Centre I wouldn't have made it to University"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient)

(as a service user),

I suffered very badly with Agoraphobia, and was bored at home. I wanted to do more with my life but wasn't sure how to and wasn't sure I could do it. I was referred to Sue at the Education Recovery Centre who pushed me, in a good way! She listened to me, understood what I wanted to achieve and helped me make plans for how to do it. I told her that my goal was to go to University.

She persuaded me to take courses through the Open University, which I did for two years alongside having CBT sessions. The combination of the OU course and the CBT helped me so much, and got me to a point where I could control my agoraphobia.

I applied to University and Sue wrote down all the options for what would happen if I didn't get in or if things didn't go to plan. I'm now in my third year and will graduate next summer. I no longer use services from the trust, but am still in the system if I need any help in the future but I don't think I will. I feel 100 times better.

I honestly believe that without the help I got from Sue and the trust, I wouldn't have made it to University. I'm so grateful and now have a real future. Thank you.

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Response from Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

I was really pleased to have read your story regarding the Recovery Education Centre. Well done for moving forward with your recovery.

Sue is an excellent worker and has an enormous passion for education and supporting those that may otherwise find difficulty in accessing education.

With all good wishes for your future

Tim Wood (Staff Governor Member)

Update posted by JY2K (a service user)

Thought I'd let you know I just graduated with a 2:1 in Genetics!

Thanks Notts Healthcare Trust!


Response from Patient Opinion

Huge congratulations on your graduation - a fantastic achievement and very well deserved!

With our very best wishes for the future,

Amy, on behalf of the Patient Opinion team

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Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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On behalf of us all in the Involvement Team and the Trust very well done! Real proof that recovery can really happen.

Many thanks to Sue and the Nottingham Recovery College (as it is now called) for helping you on your journey.

All the best for the future

Jane on behalf of the involvement team and the Trust

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Response from Emma Joyes, Research Assistant, Institute of Mental Health , University of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Well done on your achievements, it is great to hear how Nottinghamshire Healthcare has helped you.

Your story has been chosen for a local project where a Graphic Designer has been working on turning your story into a visual story board. We wondered if you would like to be involved in the project. It would be great to find out a little bit more about yourself and your journey. If you are interested please contact me on emma.joyes@nottshc.nhs.uk or telephone 0115 74 84298. It would be great to hear from you.

Thank you for sharing your story here on Patient Opinion.

Emma on behalf of the Evaluation Section and the Trust

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