Needs in Recovery Assessment:

NiRA is a Tool Developed to assess needs of people experiencing first episode of mental illness.

NiRA has been developed to assist mental health clinicians to systematically and holistically assess a broad array of needs that may be experienced by people who are recovering from a first episode of mental illness.

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The Project’s Purpose and Objectives

The NiRA has been developed to assist mental health clinicians to systematically and holistically assess a broad array of needs that may be experienced by people who are recovering from a first episode of mental illness.

Its purpose is to reduce the stress and vulnerability experienced by service users as a result of unmet needs through a process of identification of needs, prioritising unmet needs, planning and setting goals to meet unmet needs and then evaluating and reflecting on what has worked, what hasn’t worked and how to proceed with meeting needs in the future.

Objectives Include:

Engage service

Engage service users in discussions about the needs they may be experiencing as a result of any changes in life circumstances that have resulted from experiencing a first episode of mental illness.

Facilitate clinicians

Facilitate clinicians and other stakeholders to work within a person-centred and recovery-oriented framework.

Empower service users

Empower service users to be part of the development of a treatment plan tailored to their needs.

Provide tool

Provide a systematic tool for the regular and comprehensive evaluation of needs.

Assessment Process

five steps assesmen cycle
1. Identify the needs of the consumer using the 48-items of need on the NiRA.
2. Rate severity of identified needs by marking the appropriate rating box.
3. Discuss which needs require prioritising using prompts provided on table.
4. Discuss options for meeting these needs, including who is available to assist.
Set achievable goals together.
5. Re-evaluate the needs previously identified using reflective questions.
Plan next steps required to meet needs.
Assessing the needs of service users should involve an ongoing discussion to identify new and ongoing unmet needs; prioritise unmet needs; set goals to meet unmet needs and to evaluate and re-evaluate strategies which have been implemented to address unmet needs.

This process may occur at every routine appointment, or at specific and planned needs assessment appointments.

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Items of assessment

Project Development

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