Authors: Jo Sommer, Lynne Blanchette and Bronwyn Lunt, NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: CLINICAL ISSUES,COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH,LEADERSHIP, Clinical Rehabilitation
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: This paper outlines the experiences of the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra (SESI) Area Mental Health Service in developing clinical rehabilitation services over the past five years, as part of a strategic planning process. Strategies will be presented that have been utilised to facilitate the provision of best practice, quality rehabilitation services, with a focus on two key areas.
Firstly, a number of Quality and Statistical Reporting processes will be outlined that have allowed team members to take ownership over the process of service development, reflect on their own clinical practice and address clinical issues. This process of statistical analysis and Area-wide consultation has resulted in the development of a transparent, accountable and unified rehabilitation service geared towards providing best practice clinical interventions and constantly working to improve service delivery.
Secondly, the Area Rehabilitation Coordination Team has taken leadership in prioritising as policy the Workforce Development of its mental health rehabilitation staff. Workforce assessment data is analysed and used to develop specific and targeted initiatives that guide staff training and education each financial year. Our ongoing commitment to this has resulted in the growth of a highly skilled and competent rehabilitation workforce geared towards the provision of comprehensive best practice rehabilitation packages to consumers.