Feedback sought on update of MH workforce framework

Feedback from nurses and others working with people with mental health and addiction issues, is being sought to update the Let’s get real knowledge and skills framework to reflect changing services.

The framework was released by the Ministry of Health in 2008 to support the mental health workforce develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to support people with mental health and addiction issues.

Robyn Shearer, chief executive of mental health workforce agency Te Pou, which is carrying out the review, said it was time to look at how Let’s get real was working for people providing new and emerging mental health services, like those being offered in primary health and by online and telephone-based services.

“So, while Let’s get real has stood the test of time we want to provide more inclusiveness for those areas of the workforce that don’t provide specialist mental health and addictions services, but provide valuable support for consumers and whānau.”

Nurses, peer worker, support workers and other mental health workers are being invited to take part in a survey to help develop a draft updated version of the framework ready for consultation in the New Year

Shearer lead the development of the workforce framework while working at the Ministry of Health and said it was designed to support the day to day practice for recruitment, career progression, skills development of all mental health workers and to support consumers and whānau in their recovery journey.

A draft ‘refreshed’ version of the Let’s get real framework was to be distributed to the health sector for feedback in January 2018 with a final version to be developed by the end of March.

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