Developing and piloting an audit tool for mental health education and training: The National Mental Health Education Continuous Quality Improvement Tool

Brooker, Charles G. and Curran, Joseph M. and James, Alison and Readhead, Elaine (2005) Developing and piloting an audit tool for mental health education and training: The National Mental Health Education Continuous Quality Improvement Tool. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 19 (3). pp. 280-293. ISSN 1469-9567

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Abstract

It is clear from the international literature that education and training can play a crucial role in improving the quality of mental health service delivery. In the UK, post-qualification mental health education and training is not generally allied to the national policy agenda and there is a lack of service user and carer involvement in the design, development and delivery of educational curricula. The Department of Health in England has funded the development of a continuous quality improvement tool to address these important concerns and help commissioners of mental health education and training evaluate key aspects of courses. The design of the tool was informed by the literature and a series of semi-structured interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders. Subsequent drafts were refined through steering group consultation and the instrument was then piloted within a selected region in England. This has resulted in a brief, user-friendly tool that takes into account the views of all stakeholders in mental health education programmes, promotes dialogue and facilitates continuous quality improvement. The tool promotes self-assessment of: partnership arrangements; the relevance of the programme to the policy context; the extent to which service users and carers are involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of programmes; and the assessment of the impact of the programme. Results from the initial implementation project (to be reported separately) suggest that the tool is welcomed and can complement existing quality mechanisms

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Additional Information:It is clear from the international literature that education and training can play a crucial role in improving the quality of mental health service delivery. In the UK, post-qualification mental health education and training is not generally allied to the national policy agenda and there is a lack of service user and carer involvement in the design, development and delivery of educational curricula. The Department of Health in England has funded the development of a continuous quality improvement tool to address these important concerns and help commissioners of mental health education and training evaluate key aspects of courses. The design of the tool was informed by the literature and a series of semi-structured interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders. Subsequent drafts were refined through steering group consultation and the instrument was then piloted within a selected region in England. This has resulted in a brief, user-friendly tool that takes into account the views of all stakeholders in mental health education programmes, promotes dialogue and facilitates continuous quality improvement. The tool promotes self-assessment of: partnership arrangements; the relevance of the programme to the policy context; the extent to which service users and carers are involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of programmes; and the assessment of the impact of the programme. Results from the initial implementation project (to be reported separately) suggest that the tool is welcomed and can complement existing quality mechanisms
Keywords:Mental health training and education
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:574
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:22 Jun 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:12

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