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Nurse to research mental health 'recovery'

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A nurse at a Sheffield health trust has been awarded funding to develop a new assessment tool to help mental health staff to promote “recovery”.

Amy Bennett, a senior nurse practitioner at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, has secured £5,000 from the Foundation of Nursing Studies.

Her study will look at the development and implementation of a new assessment tool to help health professionals in the trust to become more recovery focused. For example, by providing individualised support to a person so they can discover or rediscover skills which can lead to work, education and social opportunities in the future.

Health professionals in the trust will use the assessment tools – such as questionnaires and guidelines, to assess and monitor how well the recovery model is working.

Ms Bennett, who chairs the trust’s Benchmarking Recovery Group, said: “This award from FoNS will enable us to take the tool we have written and see if it is acceptable and helpful in measuring recovery.”

Over the next two years she and her team will be working with service users, carers and staff to find out if the assessment tool is effective.

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  • Richard Peacocke

    We in Dorset are fully committed to the Recovery paradigm. I urge readers to visit our website on www.dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.net for more information as to how the voluntary/private sector and our Foundation Trust are working together to achieve just those aims espoused by Ms Bennet and her team.

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  • Good stuff Richard. I think your link should be:

    www.dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.uk

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