Impacts of attending recovery colleges on NHS staff

Perkins, Amorette Mae, Ridler, Joseph Henry, Hammond, Laura, Davies, Simone and Hackmann, Corinna (2017) Impacts of attending recovery colleges on NHS staff. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, 21 (1). pp. 18-24. ISSN 2042-8308

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of attending a Recovery College (RC) on NHS staff attitudes towards mental health and recovery, clinical and peer interactions, and personal wellbeing. Design/methodology/approach Qualitative and quantitative data were collected via online surveys from 94 participants. Thematic analysis and descriptive statistics were used. Findings Themes were identified for change in attitudes towards mental health and recovery: new meanings of recovery; challenging traditional views on recovery; hope for recovery; and increased parity. The majority felt that the RC positively influenced the way they supported others. Themes relating to this were: using or sharing taught skills; increased understanding and empathy; challenging non-recovery practices; and adopting recovery practices. Responses highlighted themes surrounding impacts on personal wellbeing: connectedness; safe place; self-care; and sense of competency and morale at work. Another category labelled “Design of RC” emerged with the themes co-learning, co-production and co-facilitation, and content. Research limitations/implications It is important to understand whether RCs are a useful resource for staff. This research suggests that RCs could help to reconcile Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change’s 10 Key Challenges and reduce staff burnout, which has implications for service provision. Originality/value This is one of the first papers to directly explore the value of RCs for staff attending as students, highlighting experiences of co-learning.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2020 10:32
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 08:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74477
DOI: 10.1108/MHSI-11-2016-0035

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