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'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.

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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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A Summary of 'Practice Development' initiatives and protocols

The following lists outline the areas in which 'practice development' initiatives have had a positive impact on team working. Whilst these initiatives and protocols have been largely developed within CMHT's and Assertive Outreach services so far, they have also been adapted to other parts of the system. Practice Based Evidence as a practice development initiative could offer consultancy work around these areas with teams in statutory and voluntary sector agencies across the spectrum of mental health services.



  • Team Management & Clinical Leadership
  • Team Management Structures
  • Restructuring the Team Meeting
  • Developing 'morning' handover meetings
  • Team Training Plan Template
  • Defining the Client Group
  • Assessment - process & structure
  • Team Protocol for Discharge/Case Closure
  • CPA & Transfer of care
  • MDT Peer Supervision Groups
  • Intake & Duty systems
  • 'Administration & Reception' reviews


Assertive Outreach Teams


  • 'Practical' operational policy
  • Developing sub-team models to enable a 'whole team approach'
  • Daily handover & monthly reflection meeting protocols
  • Service user evaluations (with an Independent service user)
  • Tools for 'team evaluation' of essential elements of 'strengths-based' assertive outreach practice
  • Developing a 'Strengths Approach' in practice
  • Service user strengths assessment
  • Staff strengths assessments
  • Referral and assessment processes
  • Protocols for gradual disengagement
  • Reflecting the impact of substance misuse issues on practice
  • Links between assertive outreach & CMHT's
  • Links between assertive outreach & crisis teams


Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Teams


  • Defining psychiatric crisis & emergency
  • Crisis Team & CMHT's: Developing Team Relationships & Pathways of care (including 'link-working')
  • Models of team-working
  • Pathways into services


Team & Organisation


  • Protocols for 'Working with Risk'
  • Organisational Risk Policy statement
  • Implementing a Strengths Approach into practice, with supporting policy and protocols


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