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Academic involved in project to improve quality of mental health care

31 August 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University academic, Professor Doug MacInnes, along with a team from Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), have been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.

The fourth round of the Innovating for Improvement programme received 180 applications and is supporting twenty health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and the way people manage their own health care, by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.

Professor MacInnes will take the role of evaluation lead in the KMPT peer-supported Open Dialogue project which involves consistent family and social network meetings allowing members of the patient’s family or peer group to meet with a team of mental health professionals in their own home to talk and listen.

Over the course of the programme the team will develop its innovative idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care.

The team will be led by Dr Catherine Kinane, Executive Medical Director and Dr James Osborne, Consultant Psychologist from KMPT and Professor MacInnes will evaluate the team’s idea and the impact it could have on health care.

Doug MacInnes, Professor of Mental Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “It is exciting to be involved in a such an innovative development in the care and support offered to people with mental health difficulties and their families and friends. Currently, there are no applications of the Peer Supported Open Dialogue model within a NHS setting in the UK. It also represents a major paradigm shift in the care of adults using mental health services in the UK. Current treatment tends to be individualised and with a reliance on a bio/medical model which at times reduces both the importance of psychological and social determinants as well as family and network strengths.

“The Peer Supported Open Dialogue model concentrates on creating a consistent therapeutic relationship with the family and social network by the same clinicians throughout their care, where all decisions are co-created by the client, their support system and the clinicians.

“It is also pleasing to be invited by the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust to take on the role of evaluation lead for this project. It further cements the close, positive working relationship between the two organisations in mental health care and research.”

Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation, said: “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas. As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.

“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”

The programme will run for fifteen months and each project will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project.

Notes to Editors

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey

About the Health Foundation

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

Our aim is a healthier population, supported by high quality health care that can be equitably accessed. We learn what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, we shine a light on how to make successful change happen.

We make links between the knowledge we gain from working with those delivering health and health care and our research and analysis. Our aspiration is to create a virtuous circle, using what we know works on the ground to inform effective policymaking and vice versa.

We believe good health and health care are key to a flourishing society. Through sharing what we learn, collaborating with others and building people’s skills and knowledge, we aim to make a difference and contribute to a healthier population.

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