Enabling practitioners working with young people who self-harm

Foster, C ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5005-5419, Birch, L, Allen, S ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3140-170X and Rayner, GC 2015, 'Enabling practitioners working with young people who self-harm' , Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, 10 (4) , pp. 268-280.

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Purpose: This paper outlines a United Kingdom 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 Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1755-6228
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Funders: Knowsley Clinical Comissioning Group, Knowsley Council
Depositing User: Ms Celeste Foster
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 10:12
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 19:51
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36843

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