Shared learning database

 
Organisation:
Portsmouth City PCT
Published date:
September 2008

The Mental Health Champions Development Programme was a structured education programme The primary aims behind this programme were to improve the provision of care for individuals with mental health problems using Portsmouth Hospitals Trust (PHT) services and to support staff through a structured education programme in managing people with mental health problems. The programme has been devised and delivered by collaborative working between Portsmouth Hospitals Trust and Portsmouth City teaching Primary Care Trust.

Does the example relate to a general implementation of all NICE guidance?
No
Does the example relate to a specific implementation of a specific piece of NICE guidance?
Yes

Example

Aims and objectives

The primary aims behind the Mental Health Champions Development Programme were to improve the provision of care for individuals with mental health problems using Portsmouth Hospitals Trust (PHT) services and support staff through a structured education programme. 1. Improved patient care 2. Increasing staff confidence and knowledge in caring for patients with mental health problems within the acute hospital environment 3. Postive identification and management of risk

Reasons for implementing your project

Recommendations from SHA following local untoward events NICE guidance implementation - CG16 Better Services for people who self-harm project findings - national quality improvement programme hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recommendations from this

How did you implement the project

1. Improvement of patient care evidenced by reflections on actions by those undertaking the course 2. Staff confidence and knowledge greatly improved throughout - evidenced by objective and subjective evaluation 3. Continued implementation of risk assessment tool to aid in referral to mental health patients to services in a timely fashion and pathway for mental health patients clarified

Key findings

Applicants initial application bid At the beginning of the course the champions were asked to rate their progress with regards to knowledge, attitude and confidence. This was repeated at the six month stage and at the end of the programme. Daily taught session evaluations Facilitator reflective log Action learning sets write up Report attached without appendices - would like to publish not had time to explore yet

Key learning points

Collaborative working between trusts - improves patient care and shares expertise Increasing staff knowledge and confidence in dealing with mental health issues improves patient care Mental health needs to be a core subject on the learning and development agenda in acute trusts Consolidation of any training programme essential to ensure succession planning

Contact details

Name:
Sandra Cameron
Job:
Senior Practitioner
Organisation:
Portsmouth City PCT
Email:
sandra.walker@porthosp.nhs.uk

Sector:
Secondary care
Is the example industry-sponsored in any way?
No