Cross-national comparative mixed-methods case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and co-ordination: Collaborative Care Planning Project (COCAPP)

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A mixed method study by Simpson et al (2016) aimed to obtain the views and experiences of various stakeholders involved in community mental health care; to identify factors that facilitated, or acted as barriers to, personalised, collaborative and recovery-focused care planning and co-ordination. This study involved six NHS sites in England and Wales.


This study involved six NHS sites in England and Wales. The authors found great variance in the experiences of care planning and the understanding of recovery and personalisation; in particular, the perceived usefulness of care plans and engagement with carers during this process. The authors also highlighted service users’ perceptions; that is, they valued their relationships with care coordinators and saw this as being central to their recovery. A limitation of this study however is relatively low response rates from participants which may impact the generalisability of the results.