S21: Hospital to Home – our experience of developing and delivering this peer service – the human story.

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Authors: Lesley Morrison, Gina Ingrouille, Danielle Tramonte

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Lived Experience, Recovery, Workforce, Clinical Issues, Change, Innovation, Reform

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Making the transition from hospital to the community is a known period of increased risk and challenge for the individual. The Tracking Tragedy reports clearly identify the heightened risk of suicide and readmission to hospital.

In order to counteract this, One Door drew on the best international evidence to develop and deliver the Hospital to Home program in three locations, two metropolitan and one regional, funded by respective Partners in Recovery programs. External independent evaluation was built into the program.

In this presentation we will describe the critical components of the program, including recruitment of peer workers, induction and training, supervision and the human stories of success achieved. Specific challenges will be addressed and the manner in which they were resolved.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: The participants will understand the process that was developed, issues faced and resolutions to those issues.

Learning Objective 2: There are a number of critical components to this program which will assist the development of improved hospital discharge planning and the expansion of the mental health work force through the employment of peer workers.

NSW Mental Health Sentinel Events Review Committee Tracking Tragedy (2005). A systemic look at homicide by mental health patients and suicide death of patients recently discharged from mental health inpatient units. Second Report of the Committee. Retrieved from: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/policykmh/publications/tracktragedy2.pdf
Steffen, S., Kösters, M., Becker, T., & Puschner, B. (2009). Discharge planning in mental health care: a systematic review of the recent literature. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 120(1), 1-9. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0447.2009.01373.x

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