Pathways Northwest Limited are in the process of introducing the Recovery Star, a tool developed by the Mental Health Providers Forum for supporting adults of working age, with mental health problems, to measure change. We anticipate that this will enable us to identify the progress made by (and for) individuals, as well as the service that is being delivered to service users.
At Oswald House, we are introducing this through May 2010 with individuals as care plans are due to be reviewed, and we hope that use of the Recovery Star will enable individuals to develop an understanding of where they are situated in terms of progress toward living more independently and also empower service users to identify strategies that will enable them to move toward the goals that develop as they work through the Recovery Star process.
The Recovery Star identifies and measures ten core areas of life:
The Recovery Star process aims to enable individuals to identify any difficulties that they are having in any of these areas and also to open opportunities for discussion with the staff team and to identify coping strategies and goals to work toward. Because the Recovery Star focuses on outcome measures, we anticipate that this will enable us to take a more objective view of the progress that people are making and to measure this throughout the period of their rehabilitation with Pathways Northwest Ltd. We also anticipate that by working closely with service users who lack insight into their illnesses, that we will be able to assist people to develop some insight into their illness and their resultant needs and thereby move toward more independent living in the future, following their individualised rehabilitation plan.