Staff perspectives on using the Recovery Star in mental health inpatient rehabilitation services
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Staff perspectives on using the Recovery Star in mental health inpatient rehabilitation services

Sanaa Kadir Trainee Clinical Psychologist, University of Leicester, Leicester, England
Kelly Fenton Lead Clinical Psychologist, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Leicester, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn about the Recovery Star and how its use can empower patients to develop their skills and self-reliance

  • To understand the benefits and constraints associated with using the Recovery Star in mental health inpatient services

  • To consider methods you could implement in your area of practice to support frequent and appropriate use of the Recovery Star

The Recovery Star is a collaborative tool used by staff to support the recovery of adults who are using mental health services, including inpatient rehabilitation services. However, staff experiences of completing this tool with patients have seldom been reported. Therefore, a service evaluation was undertaken to explore staff perspectives about the useful elements and barriers associated with using the Recovery Star, to determine whether staff believe it is an appropriate tool to use in inpatient rehabilitation services, and to understand the reasons for the tool’s underuse.

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine staff members who worked across four wards in an inpatient rehabilitation service in Leicester, England. Four main themes were identified through a thematic analysis of the interview transcripts: it is a helpful tool; it is patient-dependent; it is underused due to constraints such as lack of time; and wider issues affecting its use. Subthemes for each of these themes were also identified. Staff reported that the Recovery Star is an appropriate tool to use in mental health rehabilitation services, although they recognised some barriers to its use and amendments required to ensure the tool is used more often.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1466

Peer review

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

Correspondence

sk772@leicester.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Kadir S, Fenton K (2021) Staff perspectives on using the Recovery Star in mental health inpatient rehabilitation services. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2021.e1466

Published online: 02 March 2021

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