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Mental Health Emergency Response Simulation Education Programme

The Department of Health, Clinical Simulation and Training Grants

awarded to RPBG Nursing and Medical Education Team.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael Levitt presented a $50,000 Clinical Simulation and Training Grant to Dr Lucia Gillman, Ms Kylie Fawcett, Dr Richard Stewart, Ms Alex Knowles, Ms Jeanne Young and Mr David Bruce.

The funding from the Department of Health in conjunction with the WA Simulation in Healthcare Alliance will support the development of a mental health emergency response simulation education programme (MHERP).

This research project will evaluate the effectiveness of simulation education to support inter-professional clinical staff in recognising and responding to acute deterioration and violence in a mental health context.  This advanced MHERP will use scenario based learning to immerse inter-professional staff in high risk acute MH situations delivered in a low risk educational environment.

Staff from RPBG MH wards, MH Emergency Centre, City East, Midland and BHS Community MH Services will be invited to participate.

The MHERP will allow staff to master MH emergency skills, deal with unanticipated clinical events, enhance team work, communication skills, increase confidence and improve performance to prevent/manage MH clinical deterioration.

In its first year, 200 staff will be trained with evaluations conducted at 3 times points over five months. The program will include elearning modules, MH clinical deterioration and Crisis Resource Management pre reading and the development of several realistic MH emergency scenarios.

By upskilling MH staff expected outcomes include:

  • Enhanced management of a clinically deteriorating MH consumer (earlier intervention).
  • Prevention of incidents escalating into aggressive and violence acts.
  • Decreased need for Code Black security responses.
  • Increased staff confidence in their skills/role in responding to or leading a MH emergency response.
  • Increased staff knowledge with regard to responding to a MH emergency response.