Centres of Excellence - developing expertise in the UK
The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) was awarded a charitable donation in 2013 for the purpose of developing sites within the NHS and/or Independent Healthcare as examples of good-excellent practice in the application of the VdTMoCA.
These sites will benefit the occupational therapy profession in the UK through clear demonstration of correct application of the model in practice. This will enable the profession to better understand the model applied in differing settings, set standards for application of the model in practice and provide reliable contexts in which research can be undertaken on the model. The potential benefits to the site include achieving good-excellent knowledge and skills for use of the model, improved staff confidence and job satisfaction, improved service delivery, raising and improving the profile of occupational therapy within the Trust / organisation and attracting research/service development funding.
Centre of Excellence Standards
The Centres of Excellence have developed over a number of years and with the support of experts in the model. The forensic Centre of Excellence developed over an 18 month project of input from the VdTMoCAF (UK), which was funded by a charitable donation to undertake this work.
The purpose of the VdTMoCAF (UK) Centres of Excellence, is to be examples of good practice in a particular field. There has been a centre for acute mental health, and one for forensic practice.
Since 2013 the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) has been committed to maintaining the two Centre's of Excellence. However due to other commitments, plans and priorities, the Foundation the Centre of Excellence project will now cease in July 2019.
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The first UK Centre of Excellence - Adult Acute Mental Health In-Patient Services, Northamptonshire
The adult acute mental health in-patient services within Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust comprise of an assessment ward, two recovery wards and an Intensive Care Unit at Berrywood Hospital in the south of the county and an assessment ward and two recovery wards at the Welland Centre in the north of the county.
Using the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) has been the catalyst for exciting and significant change in service delivery within these services since 2010. Read more about this here.
With ongoing participation in continuing professional development initiatives, the adult acute OT departments at Berrywood Hospital and the Welland Centre proudly became the first Centre of Excellence in 2013. We have hosted regular open days since, and also contributed practice examples to the Foundation's book - The VdTMoCA: A practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice.
FORENSIC SERVICE - The Second UK Centre of Excellence - Robinson Ward, William Wake House, St.Andrews Healthcare, Northampton
Robinson Ward was granted the Centre of Excellence award for use of the VdTMoCA within a Forensic setting in July 2015, and maintained its accreditation in 2017 following the two yearly scrutiny of evidence of meeting the required standards.
The occupational therapy team embedded the model in to practice but there remains a continued need to develop and maintain progress. The team have spent a great deal of time and invested much effort into changing clinical practices and procedures. The work has been a great benefit to the role of OT, consolidating and developing roles as expert clinicians and have seen patients make growth and change.
The team has shared their experiences at twice yearly Open Days, the last one was held on 6th February 2019.
See the resources the team have shared in the members' forum, and participate in discussion of practice at the Foundation's Forensic SIG (see the Research & Networking page).
The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) will be posting the presentation from the open day on the new website later in the year to share with you all.
Sharing Best Practice - Centre of Excellence Open days
Centre of Excellence open days have been provided twice a year for the purpose of sharing knowledge, experience and resources with those interested in developing the use of the model in their own service. These were a great opportunity for OTs, support workers, managers and MDT members to visit and learn about how the teams developed and deliver their services and also to network with other services across the country who will be visiting.
These open days have been provided since 2013 and welcomed participants from all over the UK and a variety of clinical fields.
For the Centre of Excellence sites, offering open days was a natural extension of the development as a service, and each open day was improved upon and changes made – our own journey of creative growth as we build upon our experience and strive to contribute to the wider community of practitioners.
All participants fed back that they would recommend the open day to others and have gained ideas, inspiration or more confidence in what they are already achieving.
St. Andrew's Open Day - 6 February 2019
The last open day at St.Andrews Healthcare was hosted on 6th February 2019.
Programme of the day:
9.30am Coffee & Registration
10.10am Implementing the VdT Model of Creative Ability in a forensic service – Louise Jeffries, Senior Occupational Therapist, St Andrew’s Healthcare and Professional Development Director of the VdT Model of Creative Ability Foundation UK
This session will help you to understand how the VdT Model of Creative Ability was implemented in Robinson, a medium secure men’s mental health service. You will find out how the initial analytical survey identified patients’ needs and where the service needed to focus and develop OT treatment. We will cover a detailed description of the steps taken, the processes put into place and the priorities for implementation.
11.15am Coffee Break
11.30am Presentation continued
Next, we will look at the OT process of assessment, identifying treatment priorities, planning and implementing intervention and how the model has changed these practices. The use of the Activity Participation Outcome Measure will be used to demonstrate tangible change in patients’ level of function as a direct result of OT intervention. We will discuss the process of change to adapt the existing programme and how the levels of Creative Ability helped to focus the therapy programme.
We will present examples of new activities introduced to the programme, taking into consideration patients’ limited ability to engage in a varied programme and looking at the restrictions of medium security. The session will conclude with an overview of how the OT team introduced the model to the MDT and how the team is now looking to further embed the model in to practice.
12.30pm Lunch (included)
During lunch attendees will have the opportunity to observe displays of programmes, relevant documentation and activity ideas. You will also have the opportunity to network with colleagues.
1.45pm Group exercise - what are the challenges for implementing the model in your service?
Attendees will work in groups to discuss the above. Facilitators will spend time with each group to discuss potential opportunities for implementation and any barriers. Each group will be asked to create an action plan and share their plan with the delegates.
2:30pm Groups to feedback their ideas
3:00pm Questions, discussion and close
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The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) will be posting the presentation from the open day on the new website later in the year.
In the mean time the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) would like to thank the vast number of delegates who travelled far and wide to join us for the open days. Your contributions to the discussions during the day and your enthusiasm and drive to take the model forward in your practice settings.
Senior Occupational Therapist & Lead Director for the VdTMoCAF (UK).