To describe the implementation of a plan to use a validated outcome measure in the care and treatment of people with severe mental illness within a district general hospital psychiatric service. Multiple techniques were necessary to promote actual change of practice.
A survey of practice found 77% of full Care Programme Approach patients to have recorded Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) scores in their care plans one year after the beginning of the implementation plan.
It is possible to incorporate the use of HoNOS in to everyday practice but it takes a lot of time, effort and resources. Mental health services may require a clearer indication from the NHS Executive regarding the use of such outcome scales before committing themselves.
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