Innovation and Improvement in Mental Health Care (100201)

Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode e-Learning (online), Part Time

Innovation and Improvement in Mental Health Care introduces the concept of social entrepreneurship (intrapreneurship) and the potential for mental health professionals, in collaboration with consumers, to create, innovate and improve services. As mental health professionals supporting the imperative to both innovate and improve, students will identify gaps and opportunities for service improvement, facilitating consumer involvement and opportunity to participate in service improvement processes. This unit also examines the role of clinical governance as the main vehicle for continuously improving the quality of care, and developing the capacity of the mental health workforce.

Learning Outcomes


Explain the reasons why consumer involvement in quality improvement is important.


Critically discuss the potential of intrapreneurial culture within public mental healthcare.


Critically appraise the evidence about the factors that support innovation and the role of leadership in promoting supportive environments for practice improvement.


Explain the role of clinical governance in quality improvement in mental health services.


Engage with peers to determine if and how recovery outcomes inform the processes of quality improvement.


Critically evaluate a range of methods and tools for generating innovative thinking.


Apply a recognised tool appropriately to identify and plan a service improvement, with justification for the service improvement from a quality and safety perspective.