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Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, The

ISSN: 1755-6228

Online from: 2006

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Does a cross-educational practice meeting assist Thorn graduates to implement psychosocial interventions into clinical practice?


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Title:Does a cross-educational practice meeting assist Thorn graduates to implement psychosocial interventions into clinical practice?
Author(s):Mike Kelly, (University Department of Mental Health, Bournemouth University and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, UK), Kate Galvin, (University Department of Mental Health, Bournemouth University and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, UK)
Citation:Mike Kelly, Kate Galvin, (2010) "Does a cross-educational practice meeting assist Thorn graduates to implement psychosocial interventions into clinical practice?", Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, The, Vol. 5 Iss: 4, pp.18 - 26
Keywords:Implementation, Psychosocial interventions, Strategy, Thorn
Article type:General review
DOI:10.5042/jmhtep.2010.0687 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Psychosocial interventions (PSI) have been recognised as an important and valuable treatment for individuals with a serious mental health problem and their families. Over the past decade, PSI has gained national recognition through training courses such as the Thorn programme. However, despite NHS provider organisations investing time and money in the training of mental health practitioners in Thorn-based PSI, implementing this training in practice has been inconsistent and difficult. Current literature focuses mainly on the efficacy of Thorn-trained practitioners and on their attempts at transferring skills into practice. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a cross-educational practice meeting in assisting Thorn graduates to implement PSI into clinical practice. Fifteen participants from a specialist mental health trust (including eight Thorn graduates) who participated in this type of meeting were interviewed. Six core themes were identified: framework for implementation; organisational drivers; Thorn graduates' position; service achievements; reforms to the process and threats to implementation. These themes indicate that a cross-educational practice meeting can be a valuable framework for assisting Thorn graduates in implementing a range of PSI in clinical practice. This type of meeting can also make an impact on the culture of an organisation through facilitating change towards evidence-based psychosocial practice.



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