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Επαγγελματική Κατάρτηση στη Διασυνδετική Ψυχιατρική
Start date: 07 Jul 2016, End date: 06 Jul 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Liaison Psychiatry is an established psychiatric subspecialty which deals with the interface between physical and mental health. It aims to help patients who present with a confluence of physical and/or psychological symptoms, and also to offer support to other specialties looking after these patients. Liaison psychiatry is well developed in the United Kingdom and operates on models incorporating multidisciplinary working with medical overview, but with nurses and other allied mental health professionals usually carrying out the majority of clinical work, and having important roles in leadership and management. In Greece, on the other hand, the subspecialty is currently developing against adverse economic circumstances, with provisions mainly comprising of small services offering ad-hoc medical input. Learning from UK Liaison Psychiatry is likely to result in better Liaison Psychiatry services in Greece, which would ultimately mean better patient care. The main aim is to train a group of mental health professionals from Greece in the way Liaison Psychiatry is practised in the United Kingdom. The main educational objectives are: a) for participants to advance their knowledge, skills and attitudes in liaison psychiatry, b) for participants to achieve an understanding of the role of management and leadership in liaison psychiatry, and specifically of their potential role as managers/leaders, c) for participants to understand the value and content of a set of professional attitudes that are necessary for the smooth running of a Liaison Psychiatry service. To achieve the educational objectives, we will host two groups of 16 mental health professionals from Greece (total N=32), for one week per group, in an excellent Liaison Psychiatry department in Nottingham, United Kingdom. The participants will be selected through meritocratic processes, including application and interview. The participants will receive formal teaching in Liaison Psychiatry and teaching in Management and Leadership specifically geared around their intended professional roles. Teaching will be provided by clinical and managerial staff, who will be appropriately prepared. Didactic teaching will be complemented by clinical shadowing of the mental health clinicians (nurses and allied professionals) of the department. Teaching will also comprise of educational exposure to other areas of the wider service offered by the local Mental Health Trust, and opportunities to practice reflections and participate in small group tutorials. The educational activities will be quality assured on-site and the educational outcomes followed up and assessed longitudinally.We aim for participants to develop an appreciation of the value of cultural exchange and a profound understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will encounter during their training. We also aim for them to develop competence and confidence in implementing the observed practices in their own work. Furthermore, we aim to engage participants in longitudinal follow-up actions which will ensure the propagation and wide dissemination of the educational gains.
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