Authors: Geoffrey Lau
Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Workforce,Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Clinical Issues
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
It is difficult to replicate evidence-informed models of psychosocial and assertive care interventions in non-research settings, and means to determine workforce capability for psychosocial therapies have not been readily available. This paper describes, and provides a rationale for, the Therapy Capability and Practice Framework (TCPF) which aims to enhance access to, and quality of, evidence-informed practice for consumers of mental health services by strengthening workforce capabilities and leadership for psychosocial therapies.
Guided by literature regarding the inadequacies and inconsistencies of evidence-informed practice provided by publicly- funded mental health services, this descriptive paper details the TCPF and its application to enhance leadership and provision of evidence-informed psychosocial therapies within multi-disciplinary teams.
The paper will outline (1) the TCPF workforce mapping process and data analysis from implementation at the MSAMHS, Brisbane, Australia, in 2016, and (2) a sequential exploratory mixed methods evaluation of the service-level implementation and utility of the TCPF. This research is an evaluation of the TCPF as an innovation to inform and assist service managers and clinical leaders in decision-making, workforce reform and governance strategies.
Learning Objective 1: The TCPF affords both individual and strategic workforce development learning opportunities. Sharing the process of applying the TCPF as a service-wide workforce strategy may assist mental health leaders, and other speciality health services, establish a culture that values leadership, person-centred care, and evidence-informed practice in a targeted approach.
Learning Objective 2: This paper introduces the TCPF as an innovation to assist publicly- funded mental health leaders to transform standard case management roles to provide more evidence-based informed psychosocial therapies. This may have clinical and cost-effective outcomes for services, the consumers, carers, and family members.
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