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Evaluation of the Scottish Recovery Indicator 2

Flats and street
Published: June 2013

To establish the types of impact that result from the use of the SRI 2; a web based service development tool to support and develop recovery focused approaches in a variety of Scottish mental health settings.

Aim

To establish the types of impact that result from the use of the SRI 2; a web based service development tool to support and develop recovery focused approaches in a variety of Scottish mental health settings. 

Findings

  • Nearly all respondents reported that using SRI 2 had resulted in a positive impact on their knowledge of recovery and on the recovery focus of their service.
  • SRI 2 was viewed as assisting staff to identify the main strengths and weaknesses in their practice and service. It provided a framework to review their practice in a positive way, focusing on strengths and celebrating what the service did well but also highlighting areas for improvement.
  • After using SRI 2, staff members were more likely to have a discussion with service users in relation to their perceived strengths and what goals they might have. As a result, care plans were being developed jointly with service users and their views and goals were being taken into account.
  • Respondents perceived that having management and staff who were supportive of the concept of recovery removed some barriers to the service becoming more recovery-focused.
  • Some respondents argued that some service users found the concept of recovery challenging and that services had a role to play in helping them think in a more recovery-focused way.
  • The main barriers cited in relation to the overall implementation of SRI 2 were difficulties in involving carers and service users, a perceived lack of time and resources, engaging staff members and issues around the use of terminology.

Methodology

  • Mixed method study using baseline and follow-up survey data, and qualitative interviews with network participants. At follow-up, focus groups were convened within a service or team setting.
  • 90 network participants from the regional SRI 2 Learning Networks in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland were selected to take part, consisting of 30 members from three regional networks in Scotland; North, West, South and East. 

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