The World Health Organisation initiated a move towards a Recovery orientation in the provision of mental health services. This approach is based on long term studies which show that up to 70% of those diagnosed with schizophrenia AND 80% of those diagnosed with bipolar disorders recover or improve significantly.
The Vision for Change Report published by the Department of Health in 2006 provides a road map for the implementation of this new strategy by mental health services. The aim therfore will be on assisting the service users recovery . Not only will this cause a shift in focus of the relationship between clinicians and service users but in a more concrete way it will shape the way services are planned, structured and delivered.