Completion rates for 2016 were good with 95.7% completing measures pre and post intervention. The findings presented provide a meaningful insight into the effectiveness of the programme. Careful consideration has been given to the retention of the RAS as the primary outcome measure for the Recovery Programme. While there is no “gold standard” measure of recovery, the RAS has strong support for its psychometric properties. The RAS was found to meet a number of criteria set out by Burgess, Pirkis, Coombs and Rosen (2010), in their assessment of existing recovery measures including; measuring domains related to personal recovery, is brief, takes a service user perspective, is suitable for routine use, has been scientifically scrutinised, and demonstrates sound psychometric properties.
In summary, those who completed the programme showed significant improvements on the total RAS scale and on each of the 5 subscales. These improvements all demonstrated large effect sizes. This is an improvement on the last two years where medium to large effect sizes were observed.
In addition, all three of the three items clinicians indicated as capturing specific therapeutic targets of the programme showed significant improvements at post intervention, with medium to large effect sizes.