Collaboration in mental health: An Irish Narrative based on SCOT analysis

From small businesses to military strategy, the broad applicability of a SCOT analysis arises from its’s focus on the fundamental constituents of a concept, its strengths and challenges, and the almost innumerable implications for it, it’s the opportunities for and threats to the concept, which may be bounded only by the imaginative capabilities of the analyst. When broaching the presently under-evaluated concept of collaboration in mental health care, the SCOT analysis proved itself a most preferable analytical technique, as it allowed for an elementary, yet expansive, collection of ideas to be presented and used as a platform for further inquiry.

Our analysis pertained specifically to the concept of collaboration and co-production at the:

Individual level, where individuals are accepted as any and all participants in the system of mental health care provision, including clinicians, service users and students

Organisational level, where collaboration is explored at a structural level as delivered by healthcare providers

National level, exploring the developments and movement to collaboration and co-production as seen in  the development of policy and and mental health strategy

Each level is explored under the four headings the interplay of each recognised within the context of collaborative practice, both where it presently exists and where it in future may emerge.  Follow the links above to explore each level.