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PROactive Management of Integrated

Services & Environments



Sharon Gilfoyle

Recovery Project Manager, CPFT

Sharon’s career in mental health started over 28 years ago, starting out as a Nursing Assistant and Mental Health Support Worker, then subsequently training as a Social Worker.  She is also a qualified Practice Educator and completed training in adult teaching and learning.


Sharon has spent many years developing and delivering mental health awareness training, recovery approaches and self help groups and has a keen interest in complementary approaches within mental health, being a trained complementary therapist herself.  Throughout her career, Sharon has also experienced her own psychiatric challenges and has used this to help others on their recovery journey.


Sharon has been a Consultant for ImROC (Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change) since it commenced and is currently employed as the Recovery Project Manager for Cambridge and Peterborough Mental Health Foundation NHS Trust.  In 2009, she worked closely with Recovery Innovations (USA) in developing the Trust’s Peer Employment Training and CPFT were the frontrunners in employing a significant number of Peer Workers within the organisation.  More recently she has led the successful development of two local recovery colleges ‘Recovery College East’.  Sharon’s areas of expertise are around recovery project management, co-production and developing recovery oriented practice initiatives within organisations.  She is particularly passionate about the use of positive recovery language and the importance of developing recovery narratives culminating in a recovery stories publication entitled ‘Road to Recovery’.

Adele McCormac

Commissioning and Contract Manager, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Cambridge and Peterborough CCG

Recovery Coaches:

Innovation Bridging Primary and Secondary Care

Cambridgeshire CCG, CPFT’s Recovery College East, along with partners in the 3rd sector are pioneering a new approach to help people make the transition from secondary services to third sector agencies and the wider community.  An innovative new service has been developed which is being led from Recovery College East within CPFT.   The whole initiative will be based on a recovery and coaching paradigm supporting individuals to make connections in their communities which may support them in making the transition away from formal services or treatment.  A Recovery Coach Co-ordiantor will lead the team of Recovery Coaches and Peer Support Workers (Assistant Recovery Coaches) and will be working very closely with the voluntary sector agencies to make this transition as seamless as possible.  The Peer support workers will be available to work in an empowering way and encourage individuals to access the services they have identified and any local community resources that would promote and maintain their recovery.  The SUN Network will be helping us to evaluate the development and to obtain feedback from people receiving services.

The new team will also explore the tricky issue of re-access to CPFT services post-discharge, if required, as the Recovery Coaches will help address issues being encountered. The basis for re-accessing will be agreed prior to the person being discharged from CPFT.

This is an exciting and innovative initiative and we are looking forward to see how things progress over the forthcoming months.