Research into Recovery and Wellbeing

A website about the work of the recovery research team at the Institute of Mental Health

The University of Nottingham

Who we are and what we do

Our work

This web-site describes the work of the Recovery Research Team at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) in Nottingham. The IMH is a partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. You may know some of the work the Recovery Research Team have led, such as:

  • forming the Recovery Research Network of over 960 people from 38 countries with an interest in researching recovery
  • organising the Refocus on Recovery conferences, the world's largest ongoing series of scientific conferences on recovery
  • creating the CHIME Framework identifying Connectedness, Hope, Identity, Meaning and Empowerment as key recovery processes
  • developing the REFOCUS intervention for mental health teams to increase their skills in supporting recovery
  • developing the Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis intervention to improve wellbeing in people living with psychosis
  • running the RECOLLECT Study on Recovery Colleges

We also collaborate widely, on projects such as:

Mike Slade

The Recovery Research Team is led by Mike Slade. He is Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion at the University of Nottingham, based in the School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and working at the Institute of Mental Health. His post is jointly funded by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Until 2015 he was Professor of Health Services Research at King's College London and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Some of the research reported here was conducted by his team at King's College London. For more information about Mike Slade, visit his staff profile.


Recovery Research Team


Lauren Matthews Administrative Assistant
Felix Lewandowski PhD Student
Chris Newby Statistician
Ashleigh CharlesUPSIDESResearch Assistant
Emilia DeakinUNFOLDPhD Student
Ada Hui NEONAssistant Professor
Hannah Nudds Research Administrator
Caroline YeoNEONResearch Assistant
Laurie Hare DukeCIVICPhD Student
Joy Llewellyn-BeardsleyNEONResearch Assistant
Katja MilnerMISTICPhD Student
Fiona NgNEON
Research Assistant

Stefan Rennick Egglestone

Programme Coordinator
Mike Slade




The team work with a range of organisations, because 'if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together'. In the UK our collaborators include:

We also work with organisations in many other countries, including:

  • Australia (Monash University; Mind Australia)
  • Bulgaria (National Center of Public Health and Analyses)
  • Canada (McGill University; St Michael’s Hospital)
  • Denmark (Copenhagen University; Mental Health Centre Copenhagen)
  • Germany (Hamburg University; Ulm University)
  • Ghana (CBM International)
  • Hong Kong (Hong Kong University)
  • India (Quality Rights Gujarat)
  • Ireland (Mayo Recovery College)
  • Israel (Ben Gurion University of the Negev; Haifa University)
  • Italy (Consortium Oscar Romero)
  • Netherlands (Phrenos; VU University Amsterdam)
  • Norway (University College of Southeast Norway; Norwegian Resource Centre for Community Mental Health)
  • Portugal (Lisbon Institute for Global Mental Health)
  • Slovenia (University of Ljubljana)
  • Tanzania (Ifakara Health Institute)
  • Uganda (Butabika National Referral Hospital; Heartsounds Recovery College)
  • USA (Boston University; Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Centre; University of Massachusetts; Yale University)

And we work with international organisation, such as

  • Mental Health Europe
  • Validity
  • World Health Organization


Getting references for our publications

There are three ways you can access the references of publications from the Recovery Research Team:

  1. We actively maintain our website Study-specific publications are listed here, other papers are listed here, downloadable reports here, books here and talks here.
  2. Google Scholar (here) contains a list of all publications by individual researchers. For example, the Google Scholar page for Mike Slade is here.
  3. Most but not all members of the Recovery Research Team are in the School of Health Sciences, and you can search for their staff page including their publications here. For example, the staff page for Mike Slade is here.


Accessing the full text of our publications

There are four ways you can access the full text of our publications if you don't have journal access:

  1. The Nottingham Research Repository is the open access full text archive for University of Nottingham research, in which you can search for the title of articles
  2. The above repository is indexed by search engines, so you can just e.g. Google the title of a specific paper (prefaced by ‘Nottingham Repository’ is best)
  3. Our free-to-download reports are here
  4. If none of the above approaches work you can contact us here.


Doing a PhD with us

If you are generally interested in doing a PhD at the University of Nottingham then please contact A list of supervisors in the School of Health Sciences is available here.

If you are specifically interested in doing a PhD with us (Recovery Research Team in the Institute of Mental Health) then unfortunately the first aspect to consider is funding. Doing a PhD is expensive! General details on University of Nottingham fees (which are in line with other UK universities) are given here (NB the PhD will be in the School of Health Sciences).

If you do not have funding, postgraduate funding options are listed here and we sometimes advertise contract research jobs with the possibility to do a PhD - our vacancies are always advertised on the University of Nottingham jobs site and on

If you do have funding, please send us your research CV, PhD plan, career goals and funding details. Our PhD supervision capacity is a limited resource, so only the strongest applicants (research experience and publications, PhD and career plans aligned with the Recovery Research Team, secured funding) are likely to end up doing a PhD with us.


Visiting us

We often host visits from collaborators who are interested in our work. Unfortunately we have no money to support visits, but can offer a warm welcome! Many of our visitors are current or potential research collaborators, and we also host visits from national mental health leads (e.g. politicians, mental health commissions, national NGOs/charities) and from practice groups implementing one of the approaches we research, e.g. peer support work, REFOCUS, NEON. Some visits are very short, e.g. a 1-day meeting to meet some of the team and hear about some of our studies. Others are much longer, e.g. a 6-month visit to learn about and work on one of our studies. We may make a charge for some visits. If a visit to the Recovery Research Team  might be of interest then do get in touch.


Working with us

All jobs with the Recovery Research Team are advertised on the University of Nottingham jobs website and on