Risk, Safety and Recovery – Centre for Mental Health & the Mental Health Network NHS Confederation – 6 June 2014
“Mental health services can manage risk more effectively by involving service users in planning for safety, says a briefing paper published today by Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network, as part of the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme.
Risk, Safety and Recovery, by Jed Boardman and Glenn Roberts, argues that risk and safety are rightly major concerns in mental health care but that traditional methods of assessing risk have stood in the way of helping people to recover their lives. It argues that jointly produced ‘safety plans’ can be more effective ways of managing risk as well as enabling people to get on with their lives.
Risk, Safety and Recovery shows that ‘person-centred safety planning’ can bring professionals, service users and carers together to manage safety within recovery-supportive relationships. It shows that some NHS trusts have now started to change the way they manage risk and safety by updating their standards, procedures and staff training. And it calls for national leaders, provider organisations, professional bodies and practitioners to support the adoption of person-centred safety planning across the country.”
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