This talk was given at the Community of Communities Annual Forum, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists on 17 May 2016
So when I realised that was what I was signed up to - I had a sinking feeling of ‘oh no, how do I try to explain this’ without falling out with everybody. When I looked back at what I had written, at the weekend, I reckoned I’m going to insult and upset all the people who believe in ‘modernisation’ in the first half, and then upset all the people who believe in TCs in the second half.
So we’ve got the might and majesty of NHS England thinking that we’re not serious about evidence on one side, and the therapeutic community radicals and hard-liners saying that we have lost the plot and will all go to hell in a handcart, if we start talking to ‘the enemy’ about things like needing to change the way we work.
Know what we’re doing and doing it well (quality assurance, what they specialise in here at CCQI)
Show it is worth doing, and that it works (Research, despite being called an ‘evidence-free zone’)
Spread[RH2] the ideas beyond TCs (the EE development, mostly) –and join up with others, without being too precious about what we’re doing, or what I think TCs have been doing for years.
Give up sacred cows (like ‘this is the only way a TC can be’)
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