The Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) provides a range of mental health services to people aged over 14 years in Kent. This includes in-patient care, out-patient clinics and community services. We identified 9 of the most relevant NICE guidelines for our staff, based on the services we provide and the client group we serve. Then small groups of staff with an interest in particular topics developed e-learning packages.
Aims and objectives
- To raise awareness of key NICE recommendations.
- To increase understanding of the relevance of NICE recommendations to KMPT specific services.
Reasons for implementing your project
How did you implement the project
The Trust NICE facilitator and forensic business manager Claire Cloud acted as overall project managers. There was then a small project team for each NICE topic.
CG38 Bipolar - project team Dr Shobha, Dr Babiker, Dr Khalifa, Ian Cuthbert, Charlton Baptiste
CG26 PTSD - project team Jouko and Zena Nasser
CG31 OCD - project lead Dr Sundaram
CG76 Medicines adherence - project team Kim Terry, Tom Clarke
CG78 BPD - project team Kate Rawlings, Jamie McKay
CG90 Depression - project team Dr Fareed Abu-Sayf, Dr Shobha, Ian Cuthbert, Abdul Mujeeb Mohammed
CG120 Psychosis with substance misuse - project team Chidi Nwosu, Zena Nasser
CG133 Self harm - project lead Geri Coulls
CG83 Schizophrenia - project team Vijay Delaffon, Olatola IYI-OJO
We set a challenging time frame for this project, to complete and publish all the e-learning modules in 4 months. This was demanding but prevented the project from drifting.
The education and training department provided data on the number of times each on line course had been successfully completed. Six months after their introduction, the e-learning courses had been successfully completed 268 times. We felt that this was very positive, especially considering all those that had undertaken the training had done so voluntarily.
Key learning points
- The staff and teams involved in developing the e-learning courses become very familiar with the recommendations. They then act as champions for the guidance and the e-learning.
- It is possible to tailor the courses so that they have relevant local examples. This supports staff in understanding the importance of the guidance to their role and organisation.
- The whole process raised awareness about NICE guidance and reinforced the organisation's commitment to implementation.