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.

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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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What makes positive risk-taking a reality in dementia services?

Steve Morgan (Practice Based Evidence) and Nick Andrews (Practice Development Officer in Swansea University) got together to ponder this particular question in response to a Journal for Mental Health Training, Education and Practice journal request, and the following link will take you to the unpublished first draft of the ideas.

Health and social care services have experienced a decade or more of messages to become more person-centred, to listen more to people and deliver on the priorities they want for themselves. This requires a fundamentally positive mindset from professionals and care workers, and a willingness to take some risks. How will this apply to delivering dementia services, where almost all of the initial impressions are of deficits, disability and disadvantage? The following link offers some practical tips on reflecting from a basis of values, seeing the person but focusing on rights and relationships, and working from a position of the individual’s strengths. All of these underpin a ‘positive risk-taking’ approach to helping people make decisions for themselves, or to make decisions for people in their best interests.

PDF: Positive risk-taking and dementia


The Risk Decision-Making Coach

2015 has proved to be the year of business investment and change for Practice Based Evidence, with a focus on a US-based online marketing & coaching programme (EPIC from January – June, and Signature Series from June). The messages of 'Positive Risk-Taking' and a Strengths Approach are in the process of being developed into a webinar and signature programme supported through the purchase of the domain as the future home of a membership site.

Keep watching this space, Facebook & LinkedIn ads, as well as clicking on the domain for information on webinar dates. Who knows what the new signature programme could offer you… I will be offering business leaders and senior managers the opportunity to access a simple 5-step method to dissolving those fears associated with high-risk decisions. Get on board in order to change your relationship to risk forever!


How can 'Positive Risk-Taking' help build Dementia-Friendly Communities?

It is all too easy to see the negatives and deficits around someone living with dementia, and to remain oblivious to their capabilities and potential, as well as the supportive resources they have around them. Just because you have a particular label doesn't mean you have lost all capacity to dream and desire a reasonable quality of life for yourself, as determined by you, not imposed on you by others. However, the so-called 'community' can become a progressively challenging place as cognitive capabilities decline.

'Positive risk-taking' is a concept well established by the Practice Based Evidence consultancy, and it applies equally to the risks a person living with dementia may wish to take, and to all of us who live in, work in and develop communities. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation commissioned a piece of work from a collaboration of Practice Based Evidence and the Mental Health Foundation to investigate how the concept of positive risk-taking may apply to the government initiative of developing dementia-friendly communities. The think piece is explored in the published 'Viewpoint' at the following link:


Do what you say on your tin

Are you taking the risk? It is something we all do, but why do we confuse and complicate it by our lackadaisical use of language? We take risks in order to gain something for ourselves, and occasionally others. We weigh up the options available to us, and make a decision based on what we compute to be the most beneficial course of action. It is called positive risk-taking not because we are trying to find a ‘positive risk’ (whatever that is), but because we are taking the risk in order to achieve a positive outcome...

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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. This post outlines the three phases of work we will be carrying out for them.

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