Authors: Julie Anderson, Kate Thwaites, Frances Sanders, Nicole Edwards
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse is to improve the care experience for consumers and their carers by supporting quality improvement and encouraging uptake of best practice approaches. Mental Health Intensive Care (MHIC) is identified as a specialist care type that can be delivered across settings. Developing training for MHIC follows a state-wide review of current high dependency units; engagement and consultation with key stakeholders, including peak consumer and carer bodies to inform a framework of MHIC. The concurrent project of training nursing staff has been co designed by the Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse's senior consumer and carer and senior clinical advisors. The aim of this paper is to explore how co designing the MHIC Framework has been a mechanism for learning and developing knowledge that will form the basis of culture change in inpatient units in Victoria. This paper will demonstrate how: “Genuine partnership builds the capacity and harnesses the knowledge and skills of everyone involved – everyone has something to contribute and the exchange of these contributions is enriching for everyone, expertise no longer belongs to the professionals”.