Recovery through activity group

What is recovery through activity

Recovery through activity promotes discussion and the practise of lifestyle choices that can better meet participants’ occupational and health needs.



Participation in the recovery through activity group will:


Examples of some of the ways in which the activities you may experience within the group could contribute to your recovery

Sharing…cooking and eating together, developing skills and leading a healthier lifestyle!


Discovery…creating identity, building friendships and socialising with others!


Opportunity… improving fitness, valuing activity, and increasing mobility!


Purpose… learning new skills and exploring opportunities!


Meaning…sharing ideas, expressing yourself and discovering identity!  


Who can take part in the group?

Any service user who is currently accessing relevant services, following assessment of their needs and abilities in relation to occupation and activity by an occupational therapist


How do I find out more or enrol in the group?

If you’re interested, please discuss with your care coordinator/lead professional or speak to a member of occupational therapy staff.


Quotes from service users involved in the co-production of this group

“Through group intervention we feel a sense of togetherness and belonging by doing activities and sharing ideas.” 

“By trying activities and overcoming barriers we feel a greater sense of personal self-worth, confidence, knowledge and have learnt new skills.”  

“By working as a group, we were able to try out different social environments and feel safe and secure whilst exploring individual meaning and purpose.”  

“Through the use of hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of our own health.” 

A quote from Mary Reilly, one of the pioneers of occupational therapy, which highlights that by “doing” what we need to, have, and love to do, we can improve our lives. 


Leaflet reference: L1036
Version: V1
Date last updated: 24 / April / 2019
Archive date: 24 / April / 2022


The liaison and diversion team consists of mental health nurses, liaison and diversion practitioners, support workers, speech and language therapist, peer mentors and care navigators.


How we can help you

The service gives you the opportunity to talk about your concerns and agree a support plan in a private setting, where possible.


The aim of the service is:


All sensitive information will remain confidential, however, should risks to yourself or others be identified, or you disclose details of an offence, information may be shared with other agencies, including the police and social services. Please see the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust privacy notice given to / discussed with you at first contact, for further details about information sharing, storage and use.


Leaflet reference: L593
Version: V7
Date last updated: 05 / 2019
Archive date: 05 / 2022


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In the immediate aftermath of a major incident our body’s automatic survival reactions will take over and may react in unexpected ways, e.g. we may freeze, run away, push past others, urinate, have an out of body experience.

Sometimes being nearby, knowing someone there, seeing news images, hearing stories about it or being part of the emergency response is enough to trigger a response in us.

In the first few weeks it may be common to:


What can help


How to know if you need a GP referral for more specialist help, support or therapy

You may want to approach your GP and seek specialist help and support if you experience any of the below:



How to support someone you know

Connect: The person may need time to be alone but keep trying to connect with them on everyday activities.

Listen: to their feelings but don’t ask for details of what happened and don’t offer advice.

Ask: Don’t assume what they need, it might be different from what we think.

Practical: Make them a meal, offer them a lift. They may also need some flexibility at work.


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Occupational therapy is a treatment and a profession.

Occupational therapists are interested in how people live their lives. They help people to become as able as possible wherever they live, and whatever health issues they may have.

Occupational therapists use ‘doing’ as the therapy. They think with you about all areas of your life; any activities that you do or would like to do that are important to you, school/college/ lifelong learning, leisure, family, friends, and work.

An occupational therapist will discuss with you how your day goes, from first thing in the morning until last thing at night, as well as how you sleep. Then you can come up with a list of things you want to improve, and work out together how this will happen, using activities that you are interested in.

We know that people are ‘doing’ beings and their health is linked to how well they feel they can ‘do’. Occupational therapists really focus on the whole person.

What could an occupational therapist help me with?

How will we decide what to work on?

Your occupational therapist will talk with you and you will decide what to work on together.

They will change the way they do this when they need to. This is to make sure you understand each other.

Who is my occupational therapist?


Name …………………………………………………………………….


Contact phone number ………………………………………………


Working hours ………………………………………………………..

Leaflet reference: L416
Version: V1
Date last updated: 11 / July / 2018
Archive date: 11 / July / 2021

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Harland Ward
Lanchester Road Hospital
Lanchester Road, Durham

Tel: 0191 44 15980

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About the service

Harland Ward is a longer term treatment ward for male patients over 18 years with learning disabilities and/or associated mental health problems.

The ward is part of the low secure forensic learning disability service.

The longer term gives more time for reassessment of risks, relapse prevention work and caters for those patients that require longer to complete their treatment.

The ward provides support to patients to help them through their treatment by adopting a holistic approach to care. The approach taken involves the implementation, planning and evaluation of care plans, risk assessments and nursing intervention planning to identify the best possible treatment for Harland patients. All treatment is based on the patient’s individual needs, while maintaining the safety of patients, staff and members of the public.

Harland offers a broad range of positive therapeutic treatments, including individualised programmes of occupational and domestic and leisure pursuits that help create a supportive community network, whilst promoting rights, independence, choice and inclusion for patients. It is also important to assess risk, alongside promoting wellbeing to help move patients from treatment to rehabilitation.

The ward and service aim to:

The Harland Ward team

Harland nursing staff provide care to the patients on the ward 24 hours a day. The ward team includes: a unit manager, deputy unit manager, registered nurses, nursing assistants, housekeeper and ward clerk/receptionist.

Each registered nurse will take on the role of primary nurse for patients. Nursing assistants will work with primary nurses to support and meet the needs of the patient.

How to access the service

Individuals are referred to the ward by doctors, courts, police or approved social workers.

The main method of referral is through consultants within the trust. Primarily patients are referred from treatment or acute areas, when it is felt that they need a longer time frame to complete the treatment required.

A nurse will carry out a comprehensive assessment and risk assessment. Both historical and present information is included. All the information is collated and taken to the multi-disciplinary team, where a decision is made about whether the service is appropriate for the individual.

About Harland Ward

Harland Ward has six bedrooms, all with an ensuite bathroom.

Other facilites on the ward include:

Visiting hours

There are no set visiting times on Harland Ward, but visitors are asked to avoid protected meal times.

The ward encourages patients to have visitors whilst in hospital eg parents, guardians, relatives and friends. However, the ward has a no child visiting policy, therefore do not allow children under the age of 18 years to visit the ward.

Visitors are not permitted to smoke on the ward and are not permitted to smoke in any trust building or grounds.

Meal times (protected)

Breakfast: 8.00am

Lunch: 12.00noon

Evening meal: 5.00pm

Supper: 8.15pm

Meal times are protected. These times can be flexible to patients requests or the need of the ward.

Yorkshire and Humber forensic CAMHS is a joint regional service between:

The service, commissioned by NHS England as part of the children and young people’s mental health transformation programme, works with children and adolescents up to the age of 18 years with:


Our TEWV service is based at Lime Trees in York.

For further information please contact Michael Taylor, associate nurse consultant:

Tel. 01904 615300

Information for young people, their families and referrers is available here.

Child and adolescent mental health service – North East and North Cumbria

C/o The Kolvin Service
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
St. Nicholas Hospital
Jubilee Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel. 0191 245 6629

C/o Adolescent Forensic Outpatient Service
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
West Lane Hospital
Acklam Road
Direct Dial: 01642 529 650

The forensic child and adolescent mental health service (FCAMHS) is a joint partnership between the Trust and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

The service delivers forensic consultation, assessment and in some instances specialist intervention and treatment across the region for people under 18 years old with forensic mental health and complex non-forensic mental health need.

More information is available at

Patient and referrer information can be found here.

What is a care plan?

The Trust believes collaboration is essential to recovery focused care planning, therefore service users and their carers or family members are as important in this process as the mental health team that supports them.

A care plan is a jointly agreed, written plan between you and your care co-ordinator or lead professional which outlines your assessed needs, any risks to yourself or others, personal goals and progress towards your recovery.

Your care plan should…

Service users… did you know?

Family, carers and supporters….did you know?

Staff….did you know?

Care planning reflects the Trust values of:

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What is the care programme approach (CPA)

CPA supports people who have complex mental health needs, who often require the support of several services.

CPA describes the way mental health professionals work jointly with you, your family, carers and supporters to:

Who is a care co-ordinator?

A care co-ordinator is a named, registered professional who will support you, your family, carers and supporters in all aspects of CPA.

They will make sure everyone involved in supporting you or providing services understands your care plan and is working with you towards your recovery.

Your care plan

Is a jointly agreed plan between you and your care co-ordinator which outlines your assessed needs, any risks to you or others, personal goals, support available and progress towards recovery.

Your care plan should be written down and you can have a copy.

It may also include any Advanced Statements or Decisions you have written.

With your agreement your care plan can be shared with everyone involved in your care including your family, carers and supporters.

Family, carers and supporters

The CPA process recognises the importance and value of friends, family and carers in supporting you and they can be involved in developing your assessment, care plan and reviews with your agreement.

The views of your family, carers and supporters might be different to your own views so it is also important that they are considered separately including the impact of their support and caring role on their own health and wellbeing.

Care plan review

A review of your care plan will be carried out every 6 months or sooner at your request or anyone involved in providing support, including your family or carers.

A review is between you and your care co-ordinator and is important to consider all information from those involved in your care plan and recovery. You and your care co-ordinator may decide that a review meeting is the best way to do this.

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