Professor Walid El Ansari was a co investigator on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded “Effectiveness of Multi-Professional Team Working (MPTW) in Mental Health Care” study (about £0.5 Million). This was a three-year multi-disciplinary project (2008-2011) that aimed to generate national guidelines to the enablers of, and barriers to, effective team working in mental health care in the NHS. This collaboration was between several centres of expertise at Universities in the UK and Spain.
Mental health care required the careful collaboration of professionals from different occupational groups (e.g. psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers), as well as from different employers (e.g. mental health trusts, primary care trusts, local authorities). However, evidence from the NHS national staff survey suggested that as many as 50% of staff in mental health trusts are working in groups that do not display all the characteristics required for good team working. This work considered not only how members of the same team worked together to provide health care, but also how teams and agencies interacted in the interests of service users. It focused on teams providing care to working-age adults and older adults. It was implemented in about 13-15 NHS Trusts, and was based around four stages: Defining mental health team effectiveness; a Quantitative study; a Qualitative study; and Evaluation of interventions.
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