Assertive outreach is based on extensive international research and has been promoted in the UK in 1999 as a key area of the National Service Framework for Mental Health. Its primary aim is to provide a specialist service for people disengaged from traditional approaches of mental health services, but very little attention has been paid to how such services can be developed. Practice Based Evidence, a practice development consultancy, has engaged seven assertive outreach teams to focus on development first, and follow‐up evaluation of the impact of reflective practice on team functioning. This has prompted a number of strengths‐based recommendations for changing the way we think about developing services before we engage in research and evaluation.
Morgan, S. (2008), "‘Strengths’ Assertive Outreach: A Review of Seven Practice Development Programmes", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 40-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/13619322200800013
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