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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

OP64. How to set up Rehabilitation and Recovery Services in Ireland

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Published: Nov 2007

Status: current

Number of pages: 40

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~ Report by the Irish College of Psychiatrists ~


The Irish government’s new mental health strategy, Vision for Change (Department of Health and Children, 2006), incorporates the ‘recovery perspective’ into the development and implementation of modern mental health services. The Vision for Change strategy includes in its mandate the development of specialist rehabilitation and recovery mental health services; however, there is still a debate about what the role and scope of these services should be, particularly in relation to the interface with service users and carers, generic mental health services and other key stakeholders.


This occasional paper is designed as a guide on how to set up a rehabilitation and recovery service which is evidence based, incorporates the recovery perspective in its implementation, and is based on and adapted to the needs of the local population.


Rehabilitation and recovery mental health services are at varying stages of development in Ireland. This occasional paper includes references to existing templates for recommendations for service development and includes guidelines on how to incorporate the recovery perspective into the service model. Services need to move away from the historical focus on resettlement programmes and instead incorporate a more holistic, user-centred approach, with assessment of individuals’ needs and their active participation in choice of life goals. These services should incorporate a range of rehabilitation interventions, and promote both social inclusion and movement towards independent living in the community. The paper provides a template for consultants in rehabilitation and recovery mental health services for the setting up of such a service.

It is envisaged that the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry will work on further projects, with themes taken from this paper, in order to elaborate concepts of rehabilitation and recovery service development.


Contents of this report:


  • Members of the Subcommittee of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Developing a service model
  • Service philosophy
  • Defining the target groups of service users based on the needs of the local population
  • Interface between rehabilitation and recovery services and general adult psychiatric services
  • Interface between rehabilitation and recovery services and forensic psychiatric services
  • Guidelines on referral to rehabilitation and recovery services
  • Establishing the multidisciplinary team
  • Assessment of the needs of individual service users
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Social exclusion and discrimination
  • Training and education programmes
  • Research
  • Service evaluation and audit
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Appendix: Allied voluntary organisations


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