Social integration in mental health rehabilitation services: new roles to enhance effectiveness and sustainability
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Social integration in mental health rehabilitation services: new roles to enhance effectiveness and sustainability

Ben Padfield Practice development lead (unregistered practitioners), Nursing and Quality Directorate, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, England
Christine Hunter Mental health worker, Whittucks Road Rehabilitation Unit, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, England
Lynda Osborne Mental health worker, Whittucks Road Rehabilitation Unit, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, England

This article gives an overview of an innovative mental health worker role in an inpatient mental health rehabilitation team. It describes how the role was developed to offer care that is sustainable, integrated and attuned to service users’ social, economic and domestic needs. It explains how the role was received and evaluated and promotes its adoption in other settings, arguing for the increased use of creative support worker roles as a response to the resource pressures facing today’s mental healthcare services.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1329

Citation

Padfield B, Hunter C, Osborne L (2018) Social integration in mental health rehabilitation services: new roles to enhance effectiveness and sustainability. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2018.e1329

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

benpadfield@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Ellie Fisher, Tony Westacott, Anthony Harrison, James Eldred and Brian Robinson for their input

Published online: 29 October 2018

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