Recovery oriented services : strategies and barriers

Talbot, Leah

Clinical psychology
July 2008

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Objectives: To explore the experiences of staff working in a recovery oriented service, with particular focus on the elements which help and hinder the provision of the service.Design: A qualitative approach was taken, in which interviews were used to produce data.Methods: Twelve participants were interviewed using a semi structured interview. The participants were from a variety of professional backgrounds and worked for a recovery oriented Early Intervention Team. The interviews were analysed using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.Results: Participants highlighted the importance of having a strong team culture which involved having a strong leadership, a clear vision, an absence of a medical focus, a mutually supportive team, and the role of STR workers. Barriers to providing a recovery oriented service focused on the attitudes of others and the position of the team in the wider service. Participants highlighted the issues regarding the role of generic workers. Some difficulties with the implementation of the model itself were highlighted.Conclusions: This paper highlights many of the factors which need to be considered when operationalising the recovery model. Recently there has been an influx of policy documents which support the implementation of recovery oriented services. However, fundamental conflicts between the recovery model and the medical model may hamper its implementation.

Department of Clinical Psychology, Postgraduate Medical Institute, The University of Hull
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