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Enabling practitioners working with young people who self-harm

Foster, C, Birch, L, Allen, S and Rayner, GC 2015, 'Enabling practitioners working with young people who self-harm' , Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice . (In Press)

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Purpose:This paper outlines a UnitedKingdom based interdisciplinary workforce development project that had the aim of improving service delivery for children and young people who self-harm or are feeling suicidal. Approach: This innovative practice-higher-education partnershiputilised an iterative consultation process to establish the local workforce need and then facilitated the systematic synthesis and presentation of evidence-based clinical guidelines in a practical format, for staff working directly with young people who self-harm in non-mental health settings. Outcomes: The development, content and structure of this contextualised resourceis presented, along with emerging outcomes and learning from the team.It is anticipated that this may also be a useful strategy and resource for other teams in other areas and is intended to provide a template that can be adapted by other localities to meet the specific needs of their own workforce. Practical Implications:The paper demonstrates how higher education-practice partnershipscan make clinical guidelines and research evidence in a field often thought of as highly specialist,accessible to all staff. It also shows a process of liaison and enhanced understanding across universal/specialist mental health service thresholds. Originality/Value: This paperdemonstrates how collaborative partnerships can work to bridge the gap between evidence-based guidelinesand their implementation in practice, through innovative multi-agency initiatives. Keywords: Self-harm, suicide, children, young people, interdisciplinary, workforce development, risk assessment, stakeholder engagement, mental health, adolescent Paper Type: case study

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1755-6228
Funders: Knowsley Clinical Comissioning Group, Knowsley Council
Depositing User: Ms Celeste Foster
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2015 15:12
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 15:12

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