An interprofessional practice development group for newly qualified and new-to-role clinicians in community mental health
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An interprofessional practice development group for newly qualified and new-to-role clinicians in community mental health

Hazel Gunning Clinical practice educator, learning and development, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, England
Carol Gee Modern matron, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, England
Gerry Sheppard Clinical practice educator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, England
Aidan Harker Team manager, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, England
Julie Belfield Team manager, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, England
Sharon Langdon Clinical practice educator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, England

There is a wealth of literature focusing on the transition from being a new graduate to being a newly qualified member of staff. However, the needs of the new-to-role practitioner, who may be expected to manage challenging caseloads and coordinate care, are rarely explored. New-to-role mental health clinicians, particularly in the community, can work alone and experience complex challenges. To meet these demands, an interprofessional practice development group was formed. Clinical practice educators, alongside clinical team managers, designed a programme of six sessions of three hours to be delivered over a six-month period. The programme was delivered to two cohorts of new-to-role or newly qualified mental health staff from a nursing, occupational therapy or social work background. The sessions focused on the role of the care coordinator, on how the last month had been for participants and on discussing relevant articles and case studies. To evaluate the course, participants completed a pre- and post-group questionnaire. There was an improvement in their confidence and competence, but not in their skills.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1415

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

hazel.gunning@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Gunning H, Gee C, Sheppard G et al (2019) An interprofessional practice development group for newly qualified and new-to-role clinicians in community mental health. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2019.e1415

Acknowledgement

With thanks to nurse consultant Kelly Bark for supporting this programme

Published online: 18 November 2019