Authors: Michael Hemingway
Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference
Subject: collaborative shared care book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: South West Area Mental Health Service identified that a high number of consumers attending the Service who were treated with Clozaril, had progressed well in their recovery but were unable to have their care transferred to external health providers due to the ongoing monitoring requirements of Clozaril. In response to this, a collaborative shared care approach between the Service and the consumer’s external health provider has been developed, which aims to produce the best outcomes in maintaining the consumer’s mental health and promoting linkages between the Service and external health providers. The transfer process is carried out in partnership with the consumer and the external health provider to ensure it is accomplished with the minimum disruption or risk to the consumer. To aid in the successful implementation of this program, new policies and procedures have been created to guide the transfer process of consumers to external health providers who are registered to prescribe Clozaril. This program has run relatively smoothly with feedback obtained from consumers and external health providers generally of a positive nature.