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Evaluating social drop-in facilities and their impact on social recovery in early intervention in psychosis services

Jessica Lee (Solihull Early Intervention Service, Birmingham, UK and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK)
Donna Haskayne (Acute Psychological Services, Birmingham, UK and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK)
Madihah Hussain (SOLAR, Birmingham, UK and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK)
Abbas Darukhanawala (Department of Primary Care, Living Well Consortium, Birmingham, UK)
Charlotte Marriott (Northamptonshire Service for the Treatment of Early Psychosis (NSTEP), Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton, UK)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 27 September 2022

Issue publication date: 2 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

“Social recovery” is a long-cited aim within the UK early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services; however, there is a lack of evidence regarding existing social recovery provisions and how these can be improved. This paper aims to evaluate an existing social drop-in facility within an EIP team, ran within the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and highlight the potential benefits of delivering such services for people diagnosed with first episode psychosis.

Design/methodology/approach

Attendance and basic demographic statistics (age, gender and ethnicity of attendees) were collected over a period of 13 weeks. In addition, two semi-structured focus groups were conducted: one with EIP staff members (community psychiatric nurses and support workers) and the other with current service users, with both groups describing their satisfaction and experience of the drop-in facility and how it can be improved.

Findings

Inductive thematic analysis was used to analyse data from both focus groups, with six overarching meta-themes being identified: reflection, environment, emotional experience, recovery, activities and interactions. Service users and staff reflected that the drop-in facility was an asset to the service, although work could be done to improve overall attendance.

Originality/value

This paper explores how a social drop-in facility can provide a supportive, positive environment that aids recovery from psychosis for service users and improves working conditions for the EIP staff.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the staff and service users included within the study for their contributions to the service evaluation.

The data that support the findings of this study are available on request from the corresponding author. The data are not publicly available due to privacy and ethical restrictions.

No internal or external funding was sourced for this service evaluation.

Citation

Lee, J., Haskayne, D., Hussain, M., Darukhanawala, A. and Marriott, C. (2023), "Evaluating social drop-in facilities and their impact on social recovery in early intervention in psychosis services", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 60-72. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-04-2021-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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