RecoverE is a multinational, multi-site project with as aim to implement community mental health teams in Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria and North Macedonia. Clinical staff were trained and are supported to form a mental health team offering ongoing community treatment and outreach to people with severe mental illness who would otherwise be admitted to a hospital ward.
The aim of the workshop is twofold:
1. to inform participants about the RecoverE research project (LaRge-scalE implementation of COmmunity based mental health care for people with seVere and Enduring mental ill health in EuRopE). This is an example of a European collaboration involving 16 consortium partners under the project management of the Trimbos Institute, The Netherlands. The aims, methods and organisation of the project will be discussed.
2. Participants will take part in one of the sessions used in the training programme aimed at the role the nurse can take within an interdisciplinary team. Aims of this session are clarifying the nurse’s role, emancipation of the nursing discipline and discussion skills to work as an independent professional alongside other disciplines.


Shuna Vanner is an English national who retrained as a nurse in The Netherlands, specializing in the field of mental health. She has been working as a clinical nurse specialist within GGZ Noord Holland Noord since 2017 where she is a treatment coordinator on an open ward for intensive treatment and an advisor on care development projects. She is local project leader for RecoverE and has written and delivered the training for the project’s sites.