Collaborative approaches ensure mental health projects based on needs

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This paper describes the need for transparent and honest relationships with stakeholders in the process of reproviding a service.

It highlights the role of audit and monitoring quality to determine the ‘health’ and effectiveness of services.

Having a collaborative approach to addressing problems means that involvement is impolitic so stakeholders can offer feedback based on evidence rather than just concerns based on hearsay.

The authors conclude that this enables services to be redeveloped on the basis of needs rather than provision of beds and that projects are developed based on good practice guidelines.

Improving services through partnership and consultation: a case example, Chaplin E et al., in Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 5, 2, 3-8.

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John Northfield

After qualifying as a social worker, John worked in community learning disability teams before getting involved in a number of long-stay hospital closure programmes, working to develop individual plans for people moving into their own homes. He worked for BILD, helping to develop the Quality Network and was editorial lead for the NHS electronic library learning disabilities specialist collection. This led him to found the Learning Disabilities Elf site with Andre Tomlin as a way of making the evidence accessible to practitioners in health and social care. Most recently he has worked as part of Mencap's national quality team and also been involved in a number of national website developments, including the General Medical Council's learning disabilities site.

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