Authors: Luis Salvador-Carulla, Carlos Ramón García-Alonso, Nerea Almeda-Martínez
Event: 2022 TheMHS Conference
Subject: services, system
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Practical Experiences on The Use of Modelling for MH Planning: Experiences in Europe
Mental Healthcare ecosystem research provides a new approach to community mental health care, including the development of new decision support tools adapted to real complex problems. Recent experiences in Italy, Spain, Finland and the UK have contributed to enlarging the knowledge base, demonstrating the applicability of these new approaches to service planning. Our team has applied a whole-system strategy based on systems research, context analysis and expert-based collaborative analysis to evidence informed planning. The tools developed facilitate the analysis of relative technical efficiency and benchmarking of health districts, and to the analysis of the efficiency of complex organisational interventions in local areas. Over 20 years of work with public agencies in Europe has allowed us to acquire vast practical experience on the practicalities of applying these new tools to policy and planning. From a summative perspective the main factors related to the success of the strategy have been 1) that the agreement on the framework and drivers included a common taxonomy, 2) strong cooperation between academia and public agencies from the onset of the projects, 3) policy of transparency by the public agency, 4) the continuity of the planning team, 5) the multidisciplinary and flexibility of the reference network, 6) the use of bidirectional multiple sources of funding, 7) the trust building process for effective knowledge transfer and bridging, 8) use of policy opportunities to increase the general knowledge base. Major challenges for implementation included: the need to accommodate the global strategy to specific short-time policy demands and funding schemes, the lack of continuity of research funding and research teams, and short-term political cycles. These experiences and its transfer to Australia would be discussed in the workshop from a multidisciplinary perspective.