20 September 2012

One of the very BEST in mental health

AWP's BEST in MH project has been announced as a finalist in this year's prestigious HSJ (Health Service Journal) Awards...

BEST in mental healthBEST in MH - which stands for 'best evidence summaries of topics in mental health' - has been shortlisted in the 'innovations in mental health' category of the awards, the winners of which will be announced at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 20th November.

BEST in MH provides a clinical question answering service to AWP health and social care professionals. Staff pose clinical questions to the project team, who then help refine the question, search the literature database, rate the evidence, and return a short accessible summary. The BEST in MH evidence summaries include information from UK clinical guidelines, systematic reviews, and randomised controlled trials. The summaries are also added to a database on the Trust's Intranet for access by all staff.

Jonathan Piotrowski, BEST project coordinator, explained: "The service was conceived by Dr Rachel Churchill, coordinating editor of the Cochrane Group  CCDAN (Cochrane depression, anxiety and neurosis group) and reader in psychiatric epidemiology at the University of Bristol. The project has been led within the Trust by Dr Julian Walker, AWP director of research and development. We - Julian, Rachel, myself and my fellow project coordinator Ali Hodges - have developed the concept in partnership with AWP's learning resources manager John Loy and librarians Helen Watts and Lorna Burns.

"Since we launched the service in April 2011 we have received over 120 questions and provided evidence summaries that help clinicians overcome some of the more practical barriers that can be faced in the uptake of evidence based practice. The service has been used to help bring evidence into clinical decision making for individual clinical cases as well as helping to inform the design of clinical services and pathways, and even supporting staff in their own research. Because we do not include evidence from less well-conducted studies, and as we do not give advice or make recommendations, clinicians can be confident that they are receiving high quality un-biased information to aid in their decisions."

Jonathan concluded: "We are absolutely delighted that BEST in MH is a finalist! The HSJ Awards are among the most prestigious in healthcare and it is a real honour that the importance, impact and potential of the project is being recognised in this way."

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