What We Do (3) – Our Two Specialist Areas

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1) “Clinical Risk Assessment & Risk Management – Skills Development for Practitioners

When approaching this important topic through the delivery of practitioner workshops tailored to the individual needs of the client, we work to the following beliefs & values:

  • Risk cannot be extinguished. Rather, it can be minimised through good practice approaches
  • “Professional Judgement” is of paramount importance and documentation should be a supportive clinical tool
  • Risk is dynamic and constantly changing
  • A multi-disciplinary approach, effective communication & high quality information are essential to good risk assessment & risk management
  • Organisations should adopt a “No Blame” culture, but not condone poor or negligent practice

ARW can offer a range of flexible services specifically designed to meet your needs in respect of Clinical Risk Assessment & Risk Management. The main areas of service in this respect are as follows:

Practitioner Workshops

ARW has extensive experience in delivering one and two-day practitioner workshops on Risk Assessment & Risk Management and these sessions can either be commissioned individually, or as part of a larger programme of development across whole organisations. We can also run more specialist training such as Risk Management & Positive Risk-Taking and we always aim to tailor each of our workshops to the individual requirements of the client and their local needs.

“Training the Practitioner Trainer”

For those service providers who wish to develop sustainable “in-house” capacity to deliver risk training to their staff, ARW can work with locally identified practitioners to assist them in developing their skills as well as suitable workshop programme(s).

Practice Development

Working in partnership with Steve Morgan of Practice Based Evidence, (formerly Practice Development Manager for Risk at The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health) ARW can offer a range of practice development consultancy input including: review, design / re-design of risk forms, plus the audit of risk processes and use of documentation within clinical practice.

Cinical Risk Tools

We can provide specialist training for practitioners on the background and use of various clinical risk management tools, including the model developed by The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the HCR-20 (Version 3). These workshops can be developed to meet local needs and take the form of half-days, full days or ongoing programmes.

2) Developing Effective C.P.A. Processes – Skills Development for Practitioners

Although the Care Programme Approach (C.P.A.) was introduced at the beginning of April, 1991 with a view to improving the delivery of care to individuals with severe mental health problems, many services around the United Kingdom are still striving to achieve more effective processes in this respect.

In October, 1999, the NHS Executive published a policy booklet entitled Effective Care Co-ordination in Mental Health Services – Modernising the Care Programme Approach and this introduced various changes to the C.P.A. which, of course, included the establishment of the Care Co-ordinator role.

Early 2008 saw the publication by the Department of Health of their good practice guidelines & recommendations following their National Review of C.P.A. and at ARW we feel that this important piece of work by the Department needs to be adequately and appropriately supported by effective practitioner training & development input.

Following the above changes in policy, there are many mental health practitioners who are struggling with their added / changed responsibilities of care co-ordination, and this is understandable as the role brings with it the need for various skills including effective chairing of meetings, delegation, and so on.

Therefore, we strongly believe that practitioner workshops on C.P.A. can be of immense value in helping to develop good practice approaches.

ARW can offer a range of flexible services specifically designed to meet your needs in respect of Developing Effective C.P.A. Approaches. The main areas of service in this respect are as follows:

Practitioner Workshops

ARW has extensive experience in delivering various practitioner workshops on developing effective Care Programme Approach processes and these sessions can either be commissioned individually, or as part of a larger programme of development across whole organisations. Importantly, we always aim to tailor each of our workshops to the individual requirements of the client and their local needs.

“Training the Practitioner Trainer”

For those service providers who wish to develop sustainable in-house capacity to deliver C.P.A. training to their staff, ARW can work with locally identified practitioners to assist them in developing their skills as well as suitable workshop programme(s).

Practice Development

ARW can offer a range of practice development consultancy input including: review, design / re-design of C.P.A. documentation, plus the audit of C.P.A. processes and use of documentation within clinical practice.