Evidence based workforce development

Let’s get real

The right knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to effectively support people using services.

Let’s get real is a framework that supports people working in mental health and addiction to develop the right knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to effectively support people using services.

Organisations can access a range of tools, self-directed learning modules, and support from Te Pou to bring Let’s get real to life.

Let’s get real was developed by the Ministry of Health in consultation with service users, whānau and the workforce.

The Seven Real Skills

There are seven Real Skills for the mental health and addiction workforce. Each skill can be achieved at an essential, practitioner, or leader level.

  1. Working with service users
  2. Working with Māori
  3. Working with family/whānau
  4. Working within communities
  5. Challenging stigma and discrimination
  6. Law, policy and practice
  7. Professional and personal development

Why Let’s get real

Launched in 2008, Let’s get real is the foundation framework for mental health and addiction services, as mandated by the Ministry of Health. Let’s get real complements existing professional competencies. 

Implementing Let’s get real is one way for services to meet the National Service Specification Framework. Developing the workforce is a tier one objective of the framework.

Let’s get real also supports organisations to meet a number of the Health and Disability Services Standards