Centres of Excellence - developing expertise in the UK
The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) was awarded a charitable donation in 2013 for the purpose of developing three 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
Interested in becoming a Centre of Excellence? See the Centre of Excellence Standards that you have to meet and provide evidence of, in order to achieve the VdTMoCAF (UK) Centre of Excellence status.
Please note that to date the existing 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. There are cost implications for the Foundation to assess, provide input to, develop and award Centre of Excellence status. Therefore, the Foundation is strategically developing centres according to available funds.
The purpose of the VdTMoCAF (UK) Centres of Excellence, is to be examples of good practice in a particular field. Therefore, it is not necessary to have multiple centres of the same field. Hence, there is currently one centre for acute mental health, and one for forensic practice. Currently, the VdTMoCAF (UK) is considering funding a project to develop a learning disabilities service as a Centre of Excellence. Applications will be invited in due course. However, if you consider your service to meet the Centres of Excellence standards (in any field of practice), and you would like to be considered as a Centre of Excellence, please express your interest to email@example.com
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 title is an honor to have and we need to strive to maintain this status. Although we have embedded the model in to practice there is a continued need to develop our service and every day is a new learning opportunity. We spent a great deal of time and invested much effort into changing our clinical practices and procedures. However, all of the work has been a great benefit to ourselves, consolidating and developing our roles as expert clinicians, in our patients to see the growth and change and with the MDT who now understand and appreciate the contribution we make to a patient's recovery.
As learning and implementing this model challenges you as an Occupational Therapist, changes your assessment processes, the way you implement and evaluate treatment within an ever changing and demanding culture for the need to provide outcomes of intervention, we wish to share our journey with you. Hear about our experiences at our Open Day, see the resources we have shared in the members' forum, and participate in discussion of practice at the Foundation's Forensic SIG (see the Research & Networking page).
Sharing Best Practice - Centre of Excellence Open days
Centre of Excellence open days are provided during the year for the purpose of sharing knowledge, experience and resources with those interested in developing the use of the model in their own service. This is 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 welcomes participants from all over the UK and a variety of clinical fields.
For the Centre of Excellence sites, offering open days is a natural extension of our development as a service, and each open day is 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.
We do have a few comments each time that a recap on the principles of the VdTMoCA would be a useful start to the day, but unfortunately we cannot extend the content of the day any more to include this - It is jam packed already! We want the day to be about sharing our experiences as a community of VdTMoCA ‘enthusiasts’, and not to become a training event. We hope that those who are interested in implementing the model in practice and therefore participants will need to attend with a basic knowledge of the model.
All participants feed back that they would recommend the open day to others and have gained ideas, inspiration or more confidence in what they are already achieving, so what are you waiting for…?
St. Andrew's Open Days
This open day is for Occupational Therapists interested in the VdT Model of Creative Ability. The day will explain how the model can be used effectively in a forensic setting, supporting highly challenging patients on their recovery journey.
Programme for 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
Our last open day was on 3rd July 2018 and was well attended by OT's, support staff and students from throughout the UK. This will be the last open day hosted by St.Andrews this year, however, in the meantime if you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Senior Occupational Therapist & Lead Director for the VdTMoCAF (UK).