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The Retreat York

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IMH Director Prof Nick Manning and Dr Melanie Jordan have formed a collaboration with The Retreat, York. The Retreat is a not-for-profit specialist mental health care provider, working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and challenging needs.

A spokesperson for The Retreat said: "The Retreat provides modern mental healthcare based on traditional values. Relationships at The Retreat are based on respect, dignity, and tolerance; patients are kept safe and secure through strong therapeutic relationships.

"The Retreat was founded in 1792 by William Tuke, a Yorkshire Quaker, and opened in 1796. It has the distinction of having been the first establishment in England where mental illness was regarded as something from which a person could recover. The Retreat had a profound influence on public opinion, resulting ultimately in fundamental reform of the laws relating to mental illness and its treatment."

Mel is spending Tuesdays and Fridays at The Retreat for the next three years as a research fellow and research facilitator. The Retreat wishes to develop its research culture and to, once again, be at the forefront of pioneering and innovative mental healthcare and to become an active and renowned research organisation.

Mel is undertaking a personal piece of medical sociology study at The Retreat, so please feel free to email research ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for general queries please contact Mel via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For further information on The Retreat, please visit their website or follow on Twitter @TheRetreatYork.