Building on the recovery approach: The development of a conceptual model of service design for carers in mental health

Fox, Joanna (2017) Building on the recovery approach: The development of a conceptual model of service design for carers in mental health. Research, Policy and Planning, 32 (3). pp. 183-196. ISSN 0264-519X

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Carers’ views about their role in recovery are under-researched, and studies investigating their needs are under-developed. In this study, participatory action research was used; I was supported by a steering group of eight stakeholders to co-produce a training programme on recovery and data collection methods to explore the meaning of recovery for carers. The programme was delivered by me, an expert-by-experience with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and a carer, of her son with a similar diagnosis, to a group of eleven participants. Mainly qualitative data was collected together with supplementary quantitative socio-demographic data from the participants. Selected findings based on the carers’ discussions are presented which focus on how the relationship between carers and professionals can most effectively facilitate service user recovery. Issues of information exchange between carers and professionals and the impact of patient confidentiality are highlighted, the nature of recovery practice is considered, and the participants’ need to be regarded as ‘experts’ is addressed. A conceptual model of service design based on a recovery-oriented ‘triangle of care’ is presented. The potential implementation of this model in the current UK mental health service context is considered with the need for co-production between all stakeholders to ensure its development.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: mental health, recovery, carers, service change, service development
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Joanna Fox
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 09:15
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:58

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