The I•ROC wellbeing Story

Penumbra is a Scottish Voluntary Sector Organisation, working in the field of mental health. We provide hope and the possibility of a fulfilling life for people with mental health problems. Working across Scotland we provide a range of high quality recovery focused services for adults and young people who experience mental health problems. Penumbra also campaigns to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce the social stigma attached to them. We can provide training and consultancy on a range of issues related to health and wellbeing.

Penumbra’s mission is to provide a range of high quality services and activities that improve mental health and wellbeing. To achieve this we seek creative and innovative solutions and work in partnership with people and agencies who share our vision. We believe that services should be designed and delivered in a flexible way that places the personal outcomes of each person at the centre. I•ROC wellbeing is the basis of a personal outcomes approach that we believe supports this delivery and enables personal recovery journeys.

We developed I•ROC - a mental health recovery measure - in partnership with people who use our services in order to transform our organisation. The starting point was to ask the question ‘what difference do we make?’ This led us to conclude that like many other organisations we could only show the effectiveness and efficiency of our work in terms of number of people supported, services delivered and some good anecdotes about the individual successes we supported. However this did not really measure the actual benefits gained by the people we support, nor did it provide us with a clear picture of the difference people were making to their wellbeing. Our aim was therefore to develop I•ROC as an approach that is 

  • Recovery focused
  • Outcomes based
  • Flexible
  • Responsive
  • Relevant

Meet the Team

Nigel Henderson

Nigel Henderson:
As Chief Executive of Penumbra and I.ROC wellbeing, he brings his wealth of knowledge and understanding of mental health in the UK and Internationally. Nigel is currently president of Mental Health Europe.


Jane Cumming

Jane Cumming:
Jane leads the learning and development team and has worked on the development and validation of I.ROC and the HOPE Toolkit alongside other aspects of Penumbra and I.ROC wellbeing’s internal and external development.



Graeme Walker

Graeme Walker:
As Product Manager Graeme has developed the digital content of I.ROC wellbeing and is responsible for implementing its expansion strategy both in the UK and overseas.

Bridey Rudd

Bridey Rudd:
Bridey runs all the research investigating the validity and reliability of I.ROC, facilitates training on I.ROC and HOPE and sits on a number of panels across Scotland discussing recovery, outcomes and measurements.