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Improving psychiatric diagnosis in multidisciplinary child and adolescent mental health services

Authors:
MICHELSON Daniel, et al
Journal article citation:
Psychiatrist (The), 35(12), December 2011, pp.454-459.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

Obtaining an accurate clinic diagnosis is a critical process in mental healthcare pathways. This study was designed to develop and test a new one-day diagnostic training intervention for multidisciplinary practitioners (n=63) in out-patient child and adolescent mental health services. The authors examined learning outcomes, practice impacts and the implementation processes. The work was conducted in an inner London area where previous audits had revealed large inconsistencies in rates of recorded diagnoses. Training was viewed positively by most participants and was associated with significant increases in practitioner self-efficacy; this effect was sustained at 8-month follow-up. A comparative audit before and after training indicated that clinicians were significantly more likely to assign an Axis I diagnosis following the training intervention. However, absolute rates of Axis I classification remained relatively low (less than 40%) both before and after training. Practitioners were moderately successful at following through on personal plans for implementing new learning. Support for implementation within teams was inconsistent. The authors conclude that a brief training workshop may have some impact on practitioners’ behaviour so that diagnoses are made more promptly and appropriately recorded. However, they suggest that future workforce development initiatives should consider more comprehensive and diversified strategies, including targeted post-training support, if increased self-efficacy following training is to be translated into sustained changes in diagnostic practice.

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Assisting those with mental health problems into employment

Author:
INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN SOCIAL SERVICES
Publisher:
Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
6p.
Place of publication:
Glasgow

One of a series of briefings providing practice-oriented summaries of published evidence, this Insight focuses on helping those with mental health problems into employment. The briefing provides an overview of the current policy context in Scotland and barriers to employment, before summarising recent research evidence. Models and approaches discussed include vocational training, supported employment, and one specific form of supported employment, Individual Placement and Support (ISP). Recommendations for practice are then highlighted.

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Blue remembered skills: mental health awareness training for police officers

Authors:
CUMMINGS Ian, JONES Stuart
Journal article citation:
Journal of Adult Protection, 12(3), August 2010, pp.14-19.
Publisher:
Emerald

Police officers can have a key role to play in situations where individuals are experiencing some sort of crisis relating to their mental health. Despite the fact that this is a very important facet of day to day police work, it is an area that is neglected in police training. The Bradley Report has raised a number of important questions regarding the treatment of individuals who are experiencing mental health problems and find themselves in the criminal justice system. One of the key recommendations is that professional staff working across criminal justice organisations should receive increased training in this area. This paper outlines two approaches to the training of police officers in the mental health field. The first is a joint working initiative between Hywel NHS Trust and Dyfed Powys Police. In this training, all student officers receive 2 days training in first aid in mental health, and spend 4 days at the acute psychiatric unit where they become personally involved in the care of individuals who are experiencing acute distress. The second approach comprised a classroom-based training course directed at custody sergeants. The article goes on to consider the most effective models of training for police officers.

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First aid for the mind

Author:
DUNNING Jeremy
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 25.2.10, 2010, p.28.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Mental health first aid courses are being promoted across the UK to equip the public to provide immediate help to people in distress. The 12-hour courses, first developed in Australia, aim to equip lay people to intervene early when a problem is detected.

Journal article

It makes you think

Author:
WHITEHEAD Jo
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, October 2009, pp.28-29.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Experience in Mind, a partnership between Hove YWCA and Mind in Brighton and Hove describe the process of developing a training resource pack about young people's mental health issues. The pack covers three areas of mental health that young people identified as important: communication with young people experiencing psychosis, working with various forms of self-harm, and dealing with depression and stress. Young people have been involved in delivering and developing the training.

Journal article

Delivering mental health awareness training to police officers

Authors:
FORNI Carlos, CASWELL Nick, SPICER Jerina
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 17.3.09, 2009, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Police officers regularly come into contact with people with mental health problems but receive relatively little training on the issue. The article outlines an initiative to deliver awareness training to officers and explores the benefits of such programmes. It also gives details of the evaluation carried out. The training was carried out by the Ladywell mental health unit, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Journal article

First aid for the mind

Author:
TWEEDIE Heidi
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, October 2008, pp.32-33.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

A first aid course aimed at helping people provide initial support for someone with a mental health problem is being rolled out across the UK. Originating in Australia the course was adapted for use in Scotland as Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA), and now organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are updating SMHFA resources to suit their particular needs. This article discusses the principles of the 12-hour training course.

Journal article

The employment issue

Author:
REYNOLDS Sally
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 153, September 2008, pp.24-25.
Publisher:
MIND

Social Firms are providing real jobs and training opportunities for people with mental health problems. This article reports on their success and highlights the work of Pembrokeshire FRAME and Biz Match Ltd.

Journal article

See with your mind

Author:
ROWLING Edwina
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, April 2008, pp.14-15.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author profiles the Experience in Mind (EiM)group, innovatory training project on young people's mental health devised and led by young people. EiM is a partnership between Mind in Brighton and Hove and Hove YMCA.

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The Open Door Project: helping individuals to help themselves and others

Author:
HARROWER Alison
Journal article citation:
Housing Care and Support, 9(4), December 2006, pp.35-38.
Publisher:
Emerald

Involvement of people with mental problems in volunteering is seen as a way to build life skills and confidence. This article looks at the Open Door Project, run by the Volunteer Centre Stirling, which provides supported volunteering specifically for individuals with mental health problems and offers pre-volunteer training and buddy support. This is a reprint of the article by Alison Harrower (2007) entitled 'The Open Door Project: helping individuals to help themselves and others' from The Mental Health Review 12(1), pp.41-44.

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