• Does recovery in mental health need professionals?

      Carter, Sarah; University of Derby (Sage, 2017-08-01)
      The aim of this work is to explore the role of the occupational therapist within recovery-orientated mental health services and how it fits with the notion of giving the service user control. The concept of recovery is now stated within much health and social care policy, legislation and guidelines across the UK, and it is an approach that is widely implemented by occupational therapists in mental health services. However, the recovery paradigm poses complex and multifaceted challenges to mental health professionals and there is growing concern over the ability to overcome the inherent barriers present in today's health and social care structure and culture (Slade et al., 2014). This literature review explores these barriers in relation to the professional concept and power theory using a critical realist approach (Edgley et al., 2016). The findings reveal there is an issue of power that undermines recovery implementation by occupational therapists within mental health services. The review concludes that the recovery paradigm needs to shift its focus off service provision and onto influencing societal change by using the power already available to it in the form of community. This calls for action from occupational therapists to unite with service users and other professionals to come together in community to fight for their right to occupational recovery at a societal level rather than focusing on service level implementation.
    • An examination of a recovery group in an adult community mental health team

      Bennett, Claire; Carter, Sarah; Sudan, Anita K.; University of Nottingham; Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; University of Derby (British Psychological Society, 2016-10)
      The article discusses the working of group in an adult community mental health team. It mentions that many community mental health teams provide help for mental ill health, and states the concept of recovery in community mental health teams. It also mentions that equal power membership for education about healthy lifestyle choices and anxiety management..
    • Shifting identities: exploring occupational identity for those in recovery from an eating disorder

      Dark, Esther; Carter, Sarah; University of Derby (Emerald, 2019-11-23)
      The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature, transition and formation of occupational identity for those in recovery from eating disorders (EDs). Semi-structured “episodic” interviews were carried out with six women, self-identifying in recovery from an ED. Narrative-type-analysis produced a distilled narrative of participant’s accounts, before use of thematic analysis compared and extracted pertinent themes. During recovery from an ED, significant shifts occurred in occupational identities, moving from sole identification with the ED, to a greater understanding of self; facilitated by increased engagement in meaningful occupations, adapting occupational meaning, connecting with self and others and the importance of becoming and belonging. This is the first known piece of research exploring occupational identity in relation to EDs. The findings are applicable to occupational therapists and add to the growing body of qualitative research into ED's.