Development of an assessment tool for multi-professional competencies needed for collaborative working/co-production in mental health
The WHO’s European Mental Health Action Plan prioritises the rights and empowerment of service users and their families. Service user partnership and involvement in education and service delivery is growing in importance for the development of future and current practitioners. Despite policies placing a strong emphasis on positive approaches like recovery-orientated practices and social inclusion, service user empowerment and involvement is still a common challenge across European countries. Higher Education Institutions have a significant role to play in changing this by developing the competencies needed by current and future practitioners.
Aim of Output
The aim of the output is to develop an assessment tool for multi-professional competencies that are needed for collaborative working/coproduction in mental health. Here we report on the initial findings of the development of co-produced mental health competencies in an international context as part of the STRENCO Project, an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership centring on cooperation, innovation and the exchange of good practices in mental health.
The STRENCO Project is built around action research principles and draws together communities of practice (CoP). Central to this approach is the use of international CoP’s from six international universities involving students, service users, family members, clinicians and academics. A Participatory Design Research approach is being used, meaning that the participants (being students, service users, family members, clinicians and academics) contribute along a collegial-line to the development and production of the assessment tool, over a time of three years.
The result of the project in phase one (the first year) is the generation of new competencies and merging of competencies needed for co-production in mental health. The result of this is a list of 12 competencies. For each competency the accompanying skills, attitudes and/or knowledge needed for that competency were established.
The second phase of the project (second year) is now progressing towards a double Delphi procedure to be able to validate the assessment tool. In a first phase of the Delphi procedure the list of competencies with their accompanying skills, attitudes and/or knowledge will be reviewed on their interpretation/description by the group of international CoP’s. In a second phase of the Delphi procedure (third year) the final review of the assessment tool will be done by the same group of international CoP’s. In a last stage, a digital version of the assessment tool will be developed and the tool will be translated into Dutch, Finnish and Greek.