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.
I would like to challenge us all to think more carefully about the ways we can support the development of good practice in health and social care services. If research is as informative as its authors believe, I ask why is it so inacessible to the average practitioners and service users? If training is as effective as it's facilitators believe, I ask why is it having so little impact on day to day practice?
I want service users and practitioners to talk about what works best for them. I invite people to exchange ideas about what needs to change so they experience and deliver better quality services.
I believe policy-makers, managers and academics should engage more and listen to the real practical experiences of service users and practitioners. Research should inform and support practice rather than impose inflexible ideas to meet unrealistic targets.
Practice Based Evidence should be a way of giving a voice to service users and practitioners, recognising that they have a first-hand knowledge and experience of what works, what needs to change, and how it may best change. These messags deserve to inform the concept of good practice every bit as much as the messages from research.