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Making an impact? Mental health improvement training in Scotland

Emma Halliday (Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health)
Allyson McCollam (Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health)
Emma Hogg (NHS Health Scotland)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



The current interest in evidence‐based practice has led to a growing literature on the role of education and training in getting evidence to inform professional practice. This report outlines the findings of an evaluation of a series of evidence‐into‐practice training workshops designed to strengthen evidence‐based practice in the delivery of mental health improvement in Scotland. Evaluation was conducted in two phases, in order to assess the extent to which the training had influenced practice. The findings suggest that, in addition to providing high quality learning opportunities for mental health improvement, considerable attention needs to be given to the barriers that inhibit putting learning into practice. These barriers may need to be taken much more fully into account in the design and delivery of evidence‐into‐practice training.


Halliday, E., Friedli, L., McCollam, A. and Hogg, E. (2004), "Making an impact? Mental health improvement training in Scotland", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 18-28.



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