Effective ways for professionals to involve carers in information sharing: a training resource

Award Number
Health and Social Care Delivery Research
Status / Stage
2 June 2007 -
1 October 2009
Duration (calculated)
02 years 03 months
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
Contracted Centre
Principal Investigator
Dr Vanessa Pinfold
PI Contact
WHO Catergories
Methodologies and approaches for risk reduction research
Models across the continuum of care
Disease Type
Dementia (Unspecified)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID183
ResearcherReside Team


Award Number08/1711/160
Status / StageCompleted
Start Date20070602
End Date20091001
Duration (calculated) 02 years 03 months
Funder/Grant study pageNIHR
Contracted CentreRethink
Funding Amount£179,977.00


To develop a training module to support mental health professionals working in adult services to effectively share information with carers. The SDO funded project ‘Positive and Inclusive: Effective ways of mental health professionals sharing information with carers’ identified the importance of training professionals in good clinical practices. Professionals identified they lacked the confidence and skills to support carers through information sharing, balancing legal requirements and policy guidance with practical judgements when working with service users and their families. SDO has approached the project team to put together a proposal to turn the research into a practical training tool. This proposal outlines the stages required to develop a training resource appropriate to different professional groups and their various pre-qualification training programmes and varied pathways of continuing professional development.The project will be completed in five stages over a 12 month period, outlined below. – Stage one: Scoping work This stage will ‘scope’ the field: (i) identifying existing relevant training materials, (ii) building a network of contacts (in Royal Colleges, Medical schools, Universities, NHS, social services and other relevant learning centres, and with independent user and carer training consultants), (iii) understanding the structure of professional courses and capacity to absorb our information sharing module, (iv) identify preferred learning resource materials -style, tone, structure, length. – Stage two: Development group We will establish a virtual development group involving DOH policy makers, NHS Trust training managers, Royal College training unit staff, service users, carers, carer support workers, psychiatrists, social workers, CPNS, ward nurses, GPs and other relevant experts including researchers and lawyers to comment on the training resources (content and recommendations for practical application). – Stage three: Producing pilot resources A working group will be convened to write the training resources, led by two copy writers proposed by SDO, based upon material from the ‘Positive and Inclusive’ research project, case material generated by the Rethink National Advice Service (NAS) and consultation events in 4 pilot areas. – Stage four: Pilot training resources We will pilot the resources in 2 sites and collate feedback on the materials from target groups – GPs, Social workers, psychiatrists, CPNs and ward staff. Service users, carers and carer support workers will also be directly involved in the feedback cycle. – Stage five: Revise training resources based on pilot Based upon the pilot evaluation the resources would be amended and submitted to SDO for design and printing. Once printed the SDO programme, Rethink and Professor Huxley’s Department in Swansea would jointly launch the materials at a significant event e.g. SDO conference. Outcome: Well developed training resources for use with mental health professionals as part of trainee courses and continual professional development programmes leading to better outcomes for service users and their carers.


To develop a training module to support mental health professionals working in adult services to effectively share information with carers.