Year 2021
October 2021


Abstract Title
Evaluation of the Organisational Preparedness in Recovery Orientation and Peer-Role Integration in the Acute Admitting Wards of a Tertiary Mental Health Hospital



Institute of Mental Health1

Background & Hypothesis

Institute of Mental Health has embarked on creating recovery-focused services and culture. Peer-role integration initiative was implemented with peers formally and progressively employed to various units, including in-patient ward.

Aim: to explore nurses’ perception of the organizational recovery orientation and knowledge of mental health recovery after peers have been employed in their in-patient unit.


A cross-sectional descriptive design was used for this study. A cluster and convenient sampling method were used to recruit 35 registered nurses in two piloting acute psychiatric care units.


The Recovery Oriented Services Evaluation (ROSE) self-assessment tool mean score was 121.92 (SD = 19.04). There needs significant improvement towards developing and enhancing recovery-oriented services in the hospital. The Recovery Attitudes Questionnaire (RAQ) (mean = 38.34, SD = 4.27) reflected nursing staff attitude towards mental health recovery is positive. Nurses’ perception of the effect of the peer-role integration in the acute wards would mainly benefit the care process of the patients

Discussion & Conclusion

The study provided an overview of the nurses’ recovery orientation and preparedness towards recovery orientated services. The nurses were positive towards the shift of care towards recovery-focused. However, continuous improvements are required and must be organisational-wide to progress with the right competencies, structure and frameworks, and support a recovery-oriented culture. It is recommended to support nurses’ understanding of patients’ perceptions of their experiences and recovery. Having their insight and working in co-production together would strengthen our approach and integration of care so that it remains sustainable in the long run.