Gellinudd Recovery Centre is a groundbreaking sixteen-bed facility for people with a mental illness. It is the first of its kind, being a user-led, not-for-profit service with a strong recovery ethos, delivered by a Third Sector organisation. It was officially launched by Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething on 26th January 2017.
Hafal (meaning ‘equal’ in Welsh) a leading organisation in Wales working with individuals recovering from serious mental illness and their families. Developed by Hafal, Gellinudd Recovery Centre received funding from the Big Lottery and an Invest to Save bid from Welsh Government. It fulfils a long-held ambition of Hafal Members for a progressive therapeutic service.
Gellinudd Recovery Centre has been created following significant consultation and co-production with service users and carers and their input has been instrumental in the design of the building and how
the service is delivered. It provides a locked rehabilitation service. Service users are addressed as guests, as this contributes to an informal and relaxed recovery-focused atmosphere. In addition, Peer Support Workers - individuals with a lived experience of a mental health condition - work alongside guests, providing invaluable support from those who have experienced positive outcomes following an illness. All the Peer Support Workers have undertaken an Agored Cymru-accredited course developed by Hafal for mental health peer mentors.
The Centre, located in close proximity to the Gower Peninsula and the Brecon Beacons National Park, which enables ready access to regular meaningful outdoor activities. This supports the management of the guests' physical and mental health. The Centre, which backs onto a stream and woodland area, has seen the development of a guest-led garden project: a secluded sensory garden.
Occupational Therapy is an integral part of care and treatment at Gellinudd Recovery Centre and the team fosters a therapeutic community model, empowering guests to work collaboratively with one another and the multidisciplinary team to facilitate their recovery. The Occupational Therapy service is underpinned by the model of human occupation and Hafal's Recovery Programme which was developed by service users and carers. Occupational Therapy plans and meaningful activities are facilitated by the whole multidisciplinary team, including Peer Support Workers and Recovery Practitioners, who work closely with guests in achieving their individualised goals.
The Centre also has access to a "step up” house (named as such to portray an increase in independence and a positive step in one’s recovery). This enables guests to live independently with access to support if required, to increase confidence and self-efficacy prior to discharge. We are also very fortunate in having a number of Hafal-supported accommodation projects where individuals can, if appropriate, move through to less intensive support. The Centre is a truly unique and special facility which will support the guests in their recovery and help achieve their goals.
There is a formal evaluation of the Centre being undertaken with Swansea University. A PhD student has been appointed with match funded monies to undertake a Realist evaluation of the experiences of guests, carers and staff looking at the philosophy of care, the use of ACT and the guests' physical health gains as well as the health economics of the model. Real-time evaluation of the guests', carers' and staff experience is undertaken using the technology of the “Elephant Kiosk” which is an independent and anonymous evaluation system.
“I have no doubt that Gellinudd was by far the best option for Mr A and that you have given him the best chance possible for him to move forward along his recovery journey.” - Commissioner