At Buckinghamshire Recovery College we recognise that everyone has different skills and abilities, all of which hold value.

Everything we do has been co-designed, co-produced and co-facilitated by people who access services; deliver services or support people with mental health. We are always looking for peer tutors and tutors by training to help develop and facilitate courses to meet student demand.

Please read on if you are interested

Tutor Pathway

Step 1: Contact us.

A tutor pack will be sent out and a member of the team will be in contact with you to discuss the role in more detail, including:

  • why you would like to volunteer with the college
  • your course ideas
  • your relevant experience
  • the tutor job role

Step 2: If you are not employed by Oxford Health you will need to provide references and complete DBS checks.

Step 3: Attend Mandatory Training

Train the Trainers course and Introduction to the Recovery College are mandatory for all of our tutors.

Step 4: Start developing a course through the co-production process

Step 5: Facilitate a Course

Step 6: Evaluate the Course

Step 7: Supervision

Step 8: Attend Additional Training

We also recommend our tutors attend additional training at some point – depending on experience and as part of your own professional development.

All students will have an Individual Learning Plan outlining their goals as well as a code of conduct and charter that they sign at enrolment. Some students may have a recovery college safety plan which may include early warning signs and a contingency plan and this will be shared with tutors co-facilitating that course.

Guidelines for Course Design

  1. All courses and workshops need to be co-produced.
  2. Courses and workshops need to be recovery focused – hope, opportunity, control
  3. The courses/workshops should assume no previous knowledge of a subject and should include recent best practice and evidence.
  4. Is there potential for individuals to become distressed – is there space for debrief?
  5. Identify the skills and knowledge you would like the students to come away with.
  6. Does the course/workshop offer further opportunities or does it signpost?
  7. Brief examples of your own lived experience may inspire students and validate hope.
  8. Encourage self management and reinforce coping strategies.
  9. Does it enable people to focus on their strengths?
  10. Reference should be made to peer support both giving, receiving and seeking to decrease isolation and increasing a sense of purpose.
  11. Language should be clear and limited use of jargon and acronyms.

Code of Conduct

Buckinghamshire Recovery College expects tutors to:

  • Refrain from using offensive language
  • Be punctual, and to be prepared for the lesson that they are going to teach.
  • Be familiar with the Standard Operational Procedures
  • Actively listen to students and respect their views
  • Have some understanding of where to sign-post students, if necessary
  • Deliver courses using a variety of teaching methods, aimed at the various
  • types of learning
  • Record any incident of note on their lesson plan and feed it back to the
  • relevant individual
  • Actively manage the classroom environment, ensuring that the learning is
  • accessible for all
  • Attend and take an active part in supervision; looking after your own wellbeing at work
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the students
  • Refrain from developing personal relationships with students whilst they are
  • undertaking learning offered by Buckinghamshire Recovery College
  • Model the principles of recovery
  • Take part in the development of the College
  • Assist in the evaluation of the courses and course material.


During the enrolment process, students are asked to provide personal information

and to agree to the purposes for which it may be used.

Information that will be passed to Tutors:

  • Student’s name
  • Support learning needs
  • A copy of the student’s Individual Learning Plan
  • Student’s phone number in case of an emergency
  • Details of a named person to contact in an emergency

Please note that student’s health records are not accessible to course Tutors.

During the workshops, students do not have to mention anything at all about their

professional life, history or mental health problems.  If students do share anything

this will be treated in confidence unless the Tutors assess that someone’s safety is

at risk.

In line with the Data Protection Act (1998), any student may request to view

information held about them by the Recovery College.

Information shared during the course, between students will remain confidential.

However there are certain times when we may need to share your information with

other professionals, services or agencies. These include:

  • If there is concern that a child is at risk from harm
  • If there is concern that you are putting another person at risk of harm
  • If you have threatened to do serious harm to yourself