Recovery in Scotland: beyond service development

Bradstreet, S. and Mcbrierty, R. (2012) Recovery in Scotland: beyond service development. International Review of Psychiatry, 24(1), pp. 64-69. (doi: 10.3109/09540261.2011.650158) (PMID:22385428) (PMCID:PMC3581058)

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Over the last ten years there has been significant activity related to the promotion and support of recovery in Scotland, much of it linked to the work of the Scottish Recovery Network. A range of government policies have consistently identified recovery as a guiding principle of both service design and mental health improvement efforts. New learning has been developed and shared, workforce competencies reviewed and training developed, and a range of national initiatives put in place. In Scotland, as elsewhere, these efforts have tended to focus primarily on ensuring that mental health services offer environments and practices that support personal recovery. While service improvement is crucial, a wider challenge is ensuring that opportunities and support for self-directed recovery are enhanced outside statutory services. Providing examples, this paper will look at the development of recovery in Scotland - including the work of the Scottish Recovery Network - and consider the potential for building on progress made by rebalancing efforts to support personal recovery, highlighting the importance of public attitudes and community-based learning approaches. We will also touch on the role of identity in personal recovery and consider cultural issues related to the promotion of recovery in Scotland.

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Keywords:Health policy, humans, mental disorders, mental disorders: psychology, mental disorders: rehabilitation, mental disorders: therapy, mental health services, mental health services: organization and administrative, public opinion, Scotland.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bradstreet, Dr Simon
Authors: Bradstreet, S., and Mcbrierty, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:International Review of Psychiatry
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
ISSN (Online):1369-1627
Published Online:05 March 2012

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