Institute of Mental Health1
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
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.