What is the Scottish Recovery Indicator ?

The Scottish Recovery Indicator (SRI) is a service development tool that can be used by anyone interested in developing recovery focused services. SRI was developed by the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) to provide services with a practical tool to review, develop and improve how they supporting recovery.

SRI 2 is a revised and improved version of the original SRI tool.  Since it was first introduced in 2011, SRI 2 has been used by a wide range of services to help them review their existing practices against a range of recovery indicators. Completing an SRI 2 helps services to highlight existing strengths, that can be built upon and identify actions that would improve the recovery focus of the service.

Why you should complete an SRI 2

Completing an SRI 2 provides services with an opportunity to reflect on how they support recovery through a structured and evidence based process. It allows services to demonstrate their commitment to recovery focused values. The SRI 2 process encourages reflective and stimulating conversations that can lead to creative ideas for improving how services support recovery on a day to day basis.

Completing an SRI 2 is a supportive and motivating process for services as it allows existing strengths and good practice to be recognised and acknowledged. SRI 2 also complements a range of other important policy programmes and can help services produce evidence that services are responding positively to these agendas.  

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How does SRI 2 work ?

SRI 2 provides a structured framework for reviewing and evaluating how services are performing in relation to 10 recovery indicators. The service reflects on its policies and practices against these recovery indicators using both written sources of evidence and by seeking the views of those involved in the service – people providing the service, people who use the service and their carers.          

The SRI 2 framework includes a series of reflective statements that allow services to rate current practice against the ten recovery indicators. This in turn should stimulate reflective conversations about current strengths and potential areas for improvement. The main outcome from the SRI 2 process is an action plan recording existing strengths that can be built upon and improvements that can be made to make the service more recovery focused.

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Who should do an SRI 2?

Anyone interested in recovery orientated practice and service improvement would benefit from the experience of completing an SRI 2. It is equally applicable to services in the NHS, local government as well as to organisations in the voluntary and private sectors.  

Services that have benefited from completing an SRI 2 have come from across the mental health sector in both community and inpatient settings. It has also been used by social care services, addictions services and services working with people with dementia.

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Supporting Resources

You will find further guidance about how to complete your SRI 2 here. Data collection sheets for collecting and recording evidence during the process of completing the SRI 2 is available after you have registered on the web site.

SRN have produced some materials to explain SRI 2 development tool and promote its use to service providers as well as people who use services and their carers.

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Completing the SRI helped provide evidence  and confirm perceptions held about the service I worked in rather than relying on tacit knowledge.

We all felt it was worthwhile, it gave us clear direction of focus and we changed to our service as a result.

It provided valuable insights into the service, user opinions and what adds value for them in relation to service provision.

Audit tools usually identify deficits and do not recognise good practice, but the SRI is different, I’ve never felt more valued or motivated in my entire nursing career.

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