Thursday, May 16, 2013

Val Howatson Co-Presents at 2nd Scottish Mental Health Nursing Research Conference - Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen


Val was co-presenting with with Gwenne McIntosh (Napier University);  M. McCraig (UWS) & L. McNay (UWS) their paper titled: The HEI-R: a potential tool for developing Recovery Focussed Practice in HEI’s?

The aim of this presentation was to highlight the work of the HEI Scottish User and Carer Involvement group. The group have been working in partnership with SRN to develop a tool which could enable Higher Education Institute’s (HEIs) to audit and develop their practices in terms of promoting a recovery based approach to mental health education.

This abstract was linked to the topic of “Workplace” at the conference as it is proposed that through the development of this tool there would be opportunities to model best practice and be seen as part of the ‘recovery jigsaw’ that includes universities, service providers, service users, carers, students, and the wider public. 
Their paper proposed that Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) need to audit and further develop their practices in relation to promoting recovery. 
This recognises that HEIs are part of the ‘recovery jigsaw’ of promoting recovery focused practice/services, given that the preparation of student mental health nurses is a shared responsibility between HEIs and service partners. In practice within Scotland the Scottish Recovery Indicator 2 (sri2) (Scottish Recovery Network (SRN), 2012) is being rolled out across NHS services to promote service development in recovery focused practice as outlined in the Mental Health Strategy for Scotland (Scottish Government, 2012). The presenters proposed that a similar tool be developed for HEIs.