Sunderland Recovery College Evaluation 2018-2019 Academic Year

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Summary of report content

Sunderland Recovery College had its first community consultation in July of 2014 and started running courses shortly after. All courses offered are free with a mental health recovery focus aimed at helping students, their carers, family and friends to improve their understanding and experience of day to day living.

This evaluation covers the 2018-2019 academic year and the views of some of the students enrolled on the College courses during this time frame. During this year it enrolled 585 students. The core evaluation for this report is based upon two sets of collected data.

The first set of data was collected using a survey specifically designed by Healthwatch Sunderland (HWS) and the other set was the data collected and provided by the College using the Short Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (SWEMWBS) tool.

59 students completed HWS individual surveys and 283 students completed the (SWEMWBS) tool which is collected pre and post course as part of the Sunderland Recovery College ongoing evaluations. The students attended courses which are held at three different venues across the City including, Houghton, Washington and Sunderland.

Key themes/findings

Overall students reported high levels of satisfaction with the College, stating that it has or is supporting their recovery journey in many areas:

  • 74% of students have seen positive effects on their relationships
  • 99% of students feel supported on the courses
  • 100% plan to book themselves onto more courses
  • 99% of students reported only high points of attending the College
  • 58% of students have used NHS services less since joining the College
  • 27% of those who have identified as having a physical health condition reported that this has improved since joining the College

Students identified four areas for improvement:

  • Greater choice of course subject
  • Greater amount of courses
  • Additional one to one support for students
  • Further and wider promotion of the College

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General details

Report title 
Sunderland Recovery College Evaluation 2018-2019 Academic Year
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Sunderland
Date of publication 
Tuesday, 10 December, 2019
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 1 August, 2019
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 30 September, 2019
Type of report 
Service evaluation
Key themes 
Health promotion
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Other local body
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Mental health condition

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.