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Professionals’ perceptions of the Mental Health Recovery Star

Anna Tickle (Clinical Psychologist, based at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Newark, UK)
Natalie Cheung (Psychology Student, based at Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Clare Walker (Clinical Psychologist, based at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Worksop, UK)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 29 November 2013




The Mental Health Recovery Star (MHRS) has received focus at a national policy level in consideration of outcome measurement within mental health services. The purpose of this paper is to seek the views of mental health professionals about its use within clinical practice.


The paper employed a qualitative, exploratory design to interview 12 participants. Thematic analysis was used.


Four main themes were identified: “the utility of the Recovery Star”; “not for everybody”; “service user involvement”; and “the status of the Recovery Star within the Trust”. A range of factors was found to influence participants’ use of the tool with service users.

Research limitations/implications

The paper involved a small number of participants due to a low response rate. Future research could include larger studies and more detailed exploration of factors identified as limiting the use of the MHRS.

Practical implications

The MHRS is a potentially useful tool but its limitations and the influence of organisational context must be considered as part of any plan to systematically implement its use within services.


To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study of the views of mental health professionals about the MHRS. As it is professionals who are likely to determine whether and how the tool is used, the paper is seen as a valuable initial investigation.



The authors thank the participants for taking the time to offer their views and to service managers for supporting the research.


Tickle, A., Cheung, N. and Walker, C. (2013), "Professionals’ perceptions of the Mental Health Recovery Star", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 194-203.



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