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Recovery College Review


As an organisation, we have a responsibility to ensure that services are in line with guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), are achieving their desired outcomes and are delivering value for the Barnsley pound. To achieve this, the CCG often reviews services.

During July 2019, the CCG carried out a desktop review of the Exchange Recovery College based in Barnsley and the outcome of the desktop review was to produce a new service specification for the Exchange Recovery College.  We'd now like your help to shape and develop this work going forwards.  

What is the Recovery College?

The Recovery College aims to improve wellbeing through learning. It is free to access and offers courses to any adult living in Barnsley who would like to improve their mental wellbeing or knowledge to aid their work with others. The services works on a self-referral basis and does not accept referrals, though other services are able to signpost learners.

The courses offered by the Recovery College focus on helping people to be mentally and physically healthy, stay well and develop knowledge and strength to overcome the challenges that people can face at times in their lives.

Although, courses aren’t therapy – the aim of the Recovery College is to provide a positive learning approach in which everyone shares knowledge and provides the space to reflect on their own health and understanding.

As the CCG develops a new service specification, we would like to gather a range of views and feedback regarding what local people think the services provided by The Exchange Recovery College should look like. This work will include speaking with and obtaining views and feedback from current and previous learners, members of staff, local clinicians and members of public.

How you can have your say

Complete the appropriate online survey for you which can be accessed via the links below

Survey for current and former learners and members of public

Survey for clinicians and referrers

Email your feedback to:

Complete one of the paper surveys and return this to us via FREEPOST at : Recovery College Review, Louise Exley- Contract and Commissioning Support Manager, FREEPOST RTCH-GAZH-TZJH, NHS Barnsley CCG,, Hillder House, 49 – 51 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2PY

If you have any queries in relation to any of this information, or you would like the survey in another format please contact us via telephone on 01226 433779/ 433773 or email  

The closing date for feedback is Wednesday 9th October 2019

Thank you for your valuable assistance with this, it is much appreciated.