Cross-national mixed-methods comparative case study of recovery-focused mental health care planning and co-ordination in acute inpatient mental health settings (COCAPP-A)

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Simpson et al (2017) conducted a study on 19 wards in six NHS mental health hospitals in England and Wales.


This was to identify factors that helped staff or may be a barrier to staff providing care discussed with service users to support their recovery. Their results suggested that positive practice took place within acute inpatient wards, with evidence of widespread commitment to safe, respectful, compassionate care. Although ideas of recovery were evident, there was some uncertainty about and discrepancy (unwarranted variation) in the relevance of recovery ideals to inpatient care and the ability of people in acute distress to engage in recovery-focused approaches.