At Te Pou our work generally fits into four portfolios.

  1. Practice and leadership
  2. Workforce planning
  3. Training and development
  4. Information and outcomes

Led by Richard Woodcock, the outcomes and information portfolio strives to ensure that information collected by mental health and addiction services is accessible, and able to be used to enhance practice and service delivery. Te Pou provides tools, training and resources to strengthen outcomes and information use in New Zealand. 

Here is a summary of what we are planning for 2016.

Alcohol & Drug outcome measure (ADOM)

We will work with services to meet the full potential of ADOM. This includes: Developing meaningful reports, sector visits and guidance with system requirements. 

85 per cent of eligible addiction services are using ADOM since it was launched in all adult, community based addiction (outpatient) services across New Zealand in July 2015.  We are committed to the success of ADOM, having worked with the sector towards this milestone for more than two and a half years. 

Outcome measurement and innovation 

We consult with the sector and the Ministry of Health to look at innovative ways to support the collection and use of mental health and addiction information.

We developed the HoNOS (Health of the nation outcome scale) app to assist clinician’s rate and use any of the five mandated HoNOS measures (HoNOS, HoNOSCA, HoNOS 65+, HoNOS secure and HoNOS LD).

Since the app’s launch we have developed an e-learning package for refresher training in any of the five HoNOS family measures. This simple refresher training covers rating the measures, familiarity with outcome resources, uses of outcome information and a basic quiz to test knowledge. Designed with input from the sector, it can be completed in 40 minutes. People can start, save and resume it at any point. 

This year, we will continue to work with DHBs to integrate this resource into their training calendars.

PRIMHD (programme of integrated mental health data)

Since its inception in 2008, PRIMHD has become a rich data source yet its potential is yet to be fully realised. New Zealand is unique in that it has a central point of data collection – that puts people at the centre of information use. PRIMHD is the envy of many international jurisdictions. 

At the request of the Ministry of Health and in consultation with the sector, we have recently developed two resources the Guide to PRIMHD activity collection and use and Information and utility resource. These will be available soon, we’ll keep you updated in our Te Pou e-bulletin.

In 2016, we will be supporting the implementation and use of these resources via regional spotlight workshops. 

Te Pou will continue to provide project management and secretarial support to ministry of health lead national PRIMHD working group. These meetings are hosted quarterly and report to the PRIMHD governance group.

Supporting the routine use of information as part of everyday service delivery

We have a responsibility to promote the use of outcome information to inform service improvement and workforce development. Once a quarter we generate PRIMHD outcome reports for each DHB, and this year we will be reviewing and simplifying these reports to better meet the needs of services. 

With the assistance of Dr Malcolm Stewart, we will be engaging with DHBs to support them to realise the benefits of PRIMHD outcome informed service delivery. Dr Stewart will be available to run workshops throughout 2016 on how best to utilise PRIMHD outcome information. 

We are also reviewing and updating From data to information - Data use guidelines for standard measures collected in the New Zealand mental health system. First published in 2008, the guidelines compendium will incorporate new developments such as social outcome indicators and ADOM, and will have a broader sector focus including NGO and primary health arenas.  

We are also continuing to run foundational trainings on how to use the HoNOS family of measures and ADOM.

Growing information informed leaders   

Te Pou’s information and outcomes focus would not be possible without the strong leadership demonstrated in services on a daily basis. To support these endeavours Te Pou provides information sharing platforms like the Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference (AMHOIC) and National Outcomes and Information Forum. This year’s forum will be held in November and will have a focus on leadership.  

Our information and outcomes work has gained international attention. This year we will continue to participate in global initiatives; ranging from developing international benchmarking indicators, to consulting other countries on the implementation of routine outcome measurement.   

Sector representatives are a guiding force for our work 

The national mental health and addiction information reference group is a guiding force for our outcomes and information work programme. The group is made up of sector representatives who are highly regarded leaders in the field. They provide guidance and debate on outcome measurement and information in its broadest sense. There are three meetings planned for 2016.

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