Implementing the Model of Human Occupation onto an acute psychiatric inpatient unit
1) Alfred Health, Australia
Introduction: The Alfred acute psychiatric
unit consists of fifty-eight beds covered between two floors. Due to the
competing demands that an acute unit can offer, communication can sometimes
prove challenging and interventions can appear rushed.
Aim: The Occupational Therapy department set out to strengthen the communication and evidence base of their role through implementing an Occupational Therapy model of practice.
Methods: Regular consultation meetings, liaison with other disciplines and development of an implementation process were utilized.
Results: The Model of Human Occupation was implemented across the acute unit and also led to the development of an Occupational Therapy screening tool. Colleagues reported to feel they had a greater understanding of Occupational Therapy concepts and that communication had improved. As a result, the model is continuing to be developed within our community teams.
Conclusion: The use of a theoretical model has proven vital in maintaining the importance of occupational interventions.
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