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Article
Publication date: 1 June 2008

Frank Burbach and Roger Stanbridge

Current national policies present a challenge to the existing mental health workforce as most staff have not been trained to work with people within the context of their…

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Current national policies present a challenge to the existing mental health workforce as most staff have not been trained to work with people within the context of their social support network. This paper presents two complementary training initiatives designed to enable mental health staff to meet the range of needs of families: (1) an in‐house accredited (one‐year) course that has enabled the successful creation of specialist family intervention in psychosis teams; and (2) a whole‐team trust‐wide training programme (three‐day course) to promote partnership working with families by both community and inpatient teams. Issues that have enabled the successful translation of training to practice are considered.

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The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, vol. 3 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-6228

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Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 9 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-9322

Article
Publication date: 22 June 2012

Roger Stanbridge

National mental health policies in the UK have a common theme of seeking to develop working partnerships between people who use mental health services, their families and…

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Purpose

National mental health policies in the UK have a common theme of seeking to develop working partnerships between people who use mental health services, their families and carers and professionals. In Somerset, following a staff training programme, a Family Liaison Service has been developed whereby systemically trained staff work alongside inpatient staff to hold family meetings as part of the assessment and admission process on all wards for working age adults and older people. This article aims to focus on this initiative.

Design/methodology/approach

The article considers the development of the Family Liaison Service and evaluates its progress based on audit data, feedback from families using the service, and a survey of staff experience. Issues raised in developing family inclusive services are discussed.

Findings

Evaluation of the service suggests that, although there is still progress to be made, considerable success has been achieved in embedding the service on inpatient units with a substantial increase in meetings held between staff and families. Feedback from families is positive and staff report increased confidence in engaging with families and carers.

Originality/value

This article describes a transferable model for the implementation of national policy to develop working partnerships with families and carers in mainstream mental health services.

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Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 7 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-9322

Article
Publication date: 1 February 1991

Frank R. Burbach and Andrew Quarry

A pilot project to develop a practical and clinically useful data capture system is described. The system is designed to collect quality assurance and clinical outcome…

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A pilot project to develop a practical and clinically useful data capture system is described. The system is designed to collect quality assurance and clinical outcome data on a routine basis to monitor and improve the efficiency and efficacy of the service offered by a multidisciplinary community mental health team. The system follows an “input‐process‐outcome” model. Quality and outcome measures are discussed with particular reference to the literature on simple outcome evaluation measures and the use of global scales.

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International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0952-6862

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