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This unit introduces students to contemporary examples of innovation and improvement and examines opportunities for mental health professionals, in collaboration with people with lived experience of mental illness, to create, innovate and improve services. Students will critically reflect on the role of interprofessional practice and leadership in promoting supportive environments for practice improvement and the role of clinical governance as a vehicle for continuous improvement. Students will explore the rationale for increasing the focus on the physical health of people who access mental health services and consider the complex topic of 'changing the culture of mental health services'. The unit provides opportunities to appraise a range of tools for innovation before focusing on implementing and sustaining change in the context of innovation and improvement in mental health care.
Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to: