Introduction to the new Scottish Recovery Indicator (SRI 2)

SRI 2 is the revised and enhanced Scottish Recovery Indicator (SRI) launched in October 2011. It builds on the success of the original SRI introduced in 2007 which has been used by a range of services across Scotland.

Through listening to the experiences of those who have used the original SRI, we have reviewed and simplified the tool. SRI 2 is more compact and user friendly, whilst remaining as true as possible to the design, content and intention of the first version.

SRI 2 Brochure

At the Scottish Recovery Network we have developed an SRI 2 brochure to quickly communicate:
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  • what the SRI 2 is
  • who should be using it
  • why they should be using it
  • how they should use it

You can SRI_2_Brochure.pdf For hard copies please Contact Us.

SRI 2: What it does

SRI 2 enables mental health practitioners to provide ever more recovery focused services. We know that people working in mental health services want to demonstrate their commitment to recovery.

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Why you should complete an SRI 2

The SRI process has been shown to be encouraging and motivating, because it demonstrates examples of good practice and things to be proud of, as well as providing ideas for improvements.

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Who should do an SRI 2?

Practitioners in mental health services who have a leadership or practice development role, team leaders interested in service improvement and generally those who want to evidence their values based and recovery focused practice.

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SRI 2 connects to other initiatives

It is recognised that staff and services are always busy and that time is a precious commodity, with this in mind, completion of SRI-2 helps provide service monitoring and reporting data and connects to the objectives of a number of other important policy drivers and guidance including:

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SRI 2 How it works

SRI 2 is a structured process centred around 10 recovery indicators. These are based on evidebce about what works in recovery, e.g. 'service is strengths based' and 'goals are identfied and addressed'. The service reflects on its practice against these recovery indicators using six sources of evidence:

  • Assessments
  • Care Plans
  • Service Info
  • Service Provider
  • Service User
  • Informal Carer


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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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