Many people who have worked in mental health services (and indeed consumers who have been accessing mental health services for a long time) have repeatedly been told that mental health challenges are 'chronic and unremitting'. As a result, many practitioners and consumers don't understand the Recovery concept and some even find it confronting. Additionally, nurses in mental health units within hospital settings can sometimes find it difficult to understand how Recovery-oriented practice can fit with a predominantly medical-model environment. Write a short presentation to explain to fellow nurses the core concepts of Recovery. You will submit your written presentation but will not have to present. The presentation will be written in 'everyday people language', to assist in bridging the gap of understanding between ‘consumer’ and ‘nurse’ perspectives.
To prepare for this assessment, carefully watch all the video lectures in modules 1 - 5 and contribute to forums to refine your ideas and receive feedback from your lecturer after reading course provided material.
Good participation in watching lectures and contributing to forums will have a positive impact on your grade. The Moodle site will record your progress as you watch lectures and forums will be monitored.
Checklist - Part 1.
Ensure the presentation addresses the following key areas and is written in an appropriate way - as if you were speaking at an in-service professional development workshop for fellow nurses in a mental health unit of a hospital:
1. What is Recovery? Define Recovery, including a description of some key Recovery principles. Include in your discussion how the concept of Recovery differs from other traditional approaches to mental health.
2. What role have Consumers played in the development and ongoing implementation of the Recovery approach in general? In considering this question, outline the importance of the consumer perspective in the mental health sector today, specifically in the development and implementation of the Recovery concept and Recovery based service and education.
3. What does Recovery mean for current consumers? Help your colleagues understand what this wide-scale change of beliefs and approach can mean for Consumers’ lives. In your discussion illustrate the importance of how a Recovery approach can impact on Consumers’ expectations for what their lives might be, and how this relates to key principles of Recovery you identified.
4. What role do nurses play in a Recovery-orientated system? Relate your role as a nurse to engaging with, and promoting, Recovery across various levels including:
Systemic – how your team can contribute to improving Recovery-oriented practice within your hospital and within the system you operate within and interact with (for example the hospital system, multidisciplinary teams, community mental health programmes, and family/social factors that contribute to Consumer mental health)
Interpersonal - how your role (and that of your colleagues) can contribute to an individual's Recovery journey, particularly with consideration given to encouraging hope and autonomy for Consumers you work with in a hospital mental health unit
Intrapersonal – how you (and your colleagues) can further develop your own personal Recovery-oriented approach to your work
The Task – Part 2.
In addition to your written presentation, you will write a short academic essay (800 words) providing an explanation of what informed your presentation and why you found it relevant. This will include the references that informed your thinking. In addition to Course provided content, your references should include your own independently researched relevant literature with an emphasis on lived-experience led Recovery sources.
Checklist – Part 2.
Provide a logical and well justified explanation of your written presentation and include appropriate references. Include:
use of essay structure of introduction, body and conclusion to outline your argument
evidence of research (with an emphasis on lived-experience led research) and understanding of Recovery approach to mental health
references both in-text and in a Reference List (NB: in-text citations DO count in your essay word count, but your Reference List at the end of your essay does NOT contribute to your essay word count)