S10: Co-leading workforce initiatives – combining knowledge, skills, experience and teamwork to support a positive practice direction.

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Authors: Lois Boyd, Carolyn Swanson

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Workforce, Clinical Issues ,Change, Innovation, Reform

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Using the example of our co-leading relationship, we will outline why we recommend all aspects of mental health services be underpinned by authentic “co” approaches. We will do this by sharing our (sometimes the same and sometimes different) observations and perspectives on the work that New Zealand based services are implementing to reduce seclusion and restraint and support least restrictive practice.

Utilising the Six Core Strategy© Model, which clearly mandates service user involvement, has supported substantial seclusion and restraint reduction in New Zealand mental health services over the last nine years. Practice change that prioritises the perspective of people using services and their families, at all levels of possible influence, is a core feature and strength of this model.

In our everyday practice together, we see examples where authentically involving service users and staff members in practice change can result in positive and proactive service provision and healthier workplaces.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: To consider the advantages of co-leadership and collaborative models of service delivery and how these can be further applied and implemented in the mental health sector.

Learning Objective 2: To consider authentic co-leadership and collaboration based models as a sound platform from which to influence, inform and support sustainable long term change processes and positive practice direction.

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (2013) Six Core Strategies© Checklist. New Zealand Adaptation.
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui (2014). Towards Restraint Free Mental Health Practice: Supporting the reduction and prevention of personal restraint in mental health inpatient settings

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