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A capability framework to develop leadership for evidence-informed therapies in publicly-funded mental health services

Geoffrey Lau (Department of Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane, Australia) (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Pamela Meredith (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Sally Bennett (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
David Crompton (Department of Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane, Australia) (School of Health Services and Social Work, Griffith University, Logan, Australia)
Frances Dark (Department of Addiction and Mental Health Services, Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Brisbane, Australia)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 23 October 2017

Issue publication date: 8 November 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

It is difficult to replicate evidence-informed models of psychosocial and assertive care interventions in non-research settings, and means to determine workforce capability for psychosocial therapies have not been readily available. The purpose of this paper is to describe and provide a rationale for the Therapy Capability Framework (TCF) which aims to enhance access to, and quality of, evidence-informed practice for consumers of mental health services (MHSs) by strengthening workforce capabilities and leadership for psychosocial therapies.

Design/methodology/approach

Guided by literature regarding the inadequacies and inconsistencies of evidence-informed practice provided by publicly-funded MHSs, this descriptive paper details the TCF and its application to enhance leadership and provision of evidence-informed psychosocial therapies within multi-disciplinary teams.

Findings

The TCF affords both individual and strategic workforce development opportunities. Applying the TCF as a service-wide workforce strategy may assist publicly-funded mental health leaders, and other speciality health services, establish a culture that values leadership, efficiency, and evidence-informed practice.

Originality/value

This paper introduces the TCF as an innovation to assist publicly-funded mental health leaders to transform standard case management roles to provide more evidence-informed psychosocial therapies. This may have clinical and cost-effective outcomes for public MHSs, the consumers, carers, and family members.

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Citation

Lau, G., Meredith, P., Bennett, S., Crompton, D. and Dark, F. (2017), "A capability framework to develop leadership for evidence-informed therapies in publicly-funded mental health services", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 13 No. 3, pp. 151-165. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-08-2016-0030

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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