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  • Enabling Recovery: The Principles and Practice of Rehabilitation Psychiatry (2nd edn) (RCPsych Publications July 2015) 
    Edited by Frank Holloway, Sridevi Kalidindi, Helen Killaspy and Glenn Roberts.
    Enabling Recovery (2nd edn)How can people with severe mental health problems be supported in their personal recovery? This question lies at the heart of rehabilitation psychiatry, and perhaps of mental healthcare as a whole. Our understanding of recovery has evolved rapidly since the first edition of this core text was published in 2006 – so this book comprises 31 entirely revised or newly commissioned chapters, giving readers a comprehensive overview of contemporary practice within psychiatric rehabilitation services. It takes a practical approach, guiding the reader logically and systematically from conceptual foundations to clinical practice and service development. The final section of the book covers special topics including rehabilitation in specific disorders and international perspectives.
  • Intelligent Kindness: Reforming the Culture of Healthcare: (RCPsych Publications: June 2011)
    John Ballatt and Penelope Campling.
    Intelligent Kindness is a powerful new approach to healthcare reform. Ballatt and Campling argue that the NHS is a system that invites society to value and attend to its deepest common interests; it is a vital expression of community and one that can improve if society, patients and staff can reconnect to these deeper values. To do so will improve quality and patient experience, as well as morale, effectiveness, efficiency and value for money.
  • Social Inclusion and Mental Health (RCPsych Publications: June 2010)
    Edited by Jed Boardman, Alan Currie, Helen Killaspy and Gillian Mezey.
    This book is concerned with social exclusion and mental disorder and the steps that psychiatrists and mental health workers can take to facilitate the social inclusion of people with mental health problems. Alongside contributions from psychiatrists and mental health professionals, people with mental illness and their carers write about the helplessness they sometimes feel when faced with mental health services, the challenges of caring for someone, and what might be done to aid the journey to recovery. The book encompasses a wealth of experience and evidence supported by research and everyday practice.


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