An interprofessional simulation course to address the physical health agenda in mental health
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An interprofessional simulation course to address the physical health agenda in mental health

Gary Jordan Strategic clinical skills adviser in health and social care, Leeds Beckett University
Mike Akroyd Consultant psychiatrist, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust crisis team
Paul Rowlands Consultant psychiatrist, Derbyshire Mental Health Trust crisis team

Gary Jordan and colleagues describe how a programme that gives staff realistic learning experiences was developed to improve patient care

The management of physical comorbidities in people with severe mental illnesses can be complicated by a lack of confidence on the part of clinical staff who may have had inadequate training in these aspects of care. Recognising this, Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber tasked a group of clinical skills project workers to explore ways of addressing this deficit. Their remit was to improve the situation through training and education, with particular emphasis on development of simulation-based education for interprofessional groups and subsequent debrief. A unique simulation programme was developed to look at the recognition and assessment of medical problems in psychiatric settings, and to suggest ways in which other regions and disciplines might wish to use or extend this model. The ultimate value of the project will be demonstrated by improved patient outcomes, such as experience of health care and reduced morbidity and mortality.

Mental Health Practice. 18, 9,25-30. doi: 10.7748/mhp.18.9.25.e983

Correspondence

gary.jordan1@nhs.net

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 March 2014

Accepted: 11 June 2014