The Strengths Revolution’ weekly podcast show was launched on 22nd April 2014. Just go into iTunes Store, click the ‘Podcast’ link on the top menu, then put ‘The Strengths Revolution’ into the search box.

Listen, subscribe, and add a review if you feel able to. Remember… listening, downloading or subscribing to the show is FREE!

'Working with Strengths' was published in May 2014 as a comprehensive resource for reviewing the literature and reflecting on strengths-based practice as applied to people in contact with services, as well as the strengths-focused development of practitioners, teams and organisations. It draws on the wider business literature as well as health and social care references to broaden the applicability of the ideas.

'Risk Decision-Making' was published in 2013 to help shift the focus from a tick-box culture to the realities of what good practice should be about. The manual and cd-rom provide the resources that should engage senior management in organisations, as well as the practitioners and multidisciplinary teams.

June 2007 saw the publication of the Working With Risk Trainers Manual and Practitioner Manual through Pavilion Publishing. The Trainers Manual provides a flexible two-day training programme, with the option of using any of the individual sessions as stand-alone training resources. The Practitioner Manual provides a set of practice-based risk tools with supporting guidance on how and when to use each. These materials also aim to discuss some of the wider risk issues and identify a key part of current research and literature. The practice-based tools are also supported by completed case examples.

To make contact either send me a message via the 'Contact Me' form or (if it's urgent) you can call me on 07733 105264.

Practice Based Evidence commenced business in October 2001. Promoting the value of the messages from service users, carers and practitioners experiences. These are often marginalised by the emphasis placed on research.


  • The Art of Co-ordinating Care: A Handbook of Best Practice for Everyone Involved in Care and Support
    The Art of Co-ordinating Care: A Handbook of Best Practice for Everyone Involved in Care and Support

    Jointly written by Practice Based Evidence & ARW, this resource is of importance to everyone in mental health, social care and learning disability services, including primary care.

  • Assertive Outreach: A Strengths Approach to Policy and Practice
    Assertive Outreach: A Strengths Approach to Policy and Practice

    Primarily aimed at developing assertive outreach, but its focus on a strengths approach is applicable to all parts of the mental health system.

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Implementing good practice across an organization  

The Practice Based Evidence consultancy has been engaged across 2010-11 by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Hampshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) to design and deliver a programme of practice development to focus on good practice in working with risk.

Phase 1:

Individual interviews and small group facilitated discussions with staff across the Acute Care Pathway (in-patient and CRHT) and Community Pathway. Identifying good practice from the experiences across current services, including a specific focus on positive risk-taking in practice. Developing draft practitioner guidelines to link with Trust policy statements, and to be read and used by all staff across all clinical teams/services.

 Phase 2:

Facilitated team-based discussions with all services across the Trust, focusing on what constitutes good practice in working with risk. Using specifically designed Practice Based Evidence team practice evaluation tools to facilitate self-evaluations, and to produce evidence to inform subsequent individual, team and service development (see Working with Risk for a summary of 297 evaluation responses). The findings reflect an organization that is proactive in its focus and desire to examine and develop good practice, including responding constructively to perceptions of the organization being risk averse (views that are widely held by practitioners about their managers in all other organizations).

Phase 3:

Specific initiatives for developing practice in response to messages from Phase 2 evaluations. [Currently in development, to be reported at a later date].

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