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Integrated care educational pilot

HEE south London’s local office has supported King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH) and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) to develop an innovative training programme for staff who work in emergency departments to better help and support patients who have acute physical and mental health problems.

The objective of the project was to enable sharing of best practice between SLaM and KCH frontline staff in the best interests of acutely unwell patients with both complex medical problems and mental health problems, by exploring the acute mental/physical interface through educational strategies.

This was achieved by sessions of interactive multidisciplinary educational activity on the acute mental/physical interface (including medical simulation, with mental health actors) and by sharing best practice in terms of acute mental health assessment and acute physical health assessment.

The project was evaluated through written surveys and focus groups with audio recording. The programme was presented at the Society of Acute Medicine International Conference in Edinburgh, for which it won Best Oral Presentation and a Highly Commended Award for the Poster, which can be seen in the related documents section below. Further information can be found on the King's Health Partners website.

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