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Competing Priorities: Staff Perspectives on Supporting Recovery

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Clair Le Boutillier, Mike Slade, Vanessa Lawrence, Victoria J. Bird, Ruth Chandler, Marianne Farkas, Courtenay Harding, John Larsen, Lindsay G. Oades, Glenn Roberts, Geoff Shepherd, Graham Thornicroft, Julie Williams, Mary Leamy

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-438
Number of pages10
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number4
Early online date19 Aug 2014
E-pub ahead of print19 Aug 2014
Published1 Jul 2015


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Recovery has come to mean living a life beyond mental illness, and recovery orientation is policy in many countries. The aims of this study were to investigate what staff say they do to support recovery and to identify what they perceive as barriers and facilitators associated with providing recovery-oriented support. Data collection included ten focus groups with multidisciplinary clinicians (n = 34) and team leaders (n = 31), and individual interviews with clinicians (n = 18), team leaders (n = 6) and senior managers (n = 8). The identified core category was Competing Priorities, with staff identifying conflicting system priorities that influence how recovery-oriented practice is implemented. Three sub-categories were: Health Process Priorities, Business Priorities, and Staff Role Perception. Efforts to transform services towards a recovery orientation require a whole-systems approach.

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