While Te Pou’s information work includes data and figures, it’s more than numbers. It’s about real people, real lives and real recovery. Te Pou supports services to collect information and use it effectively and this support extends internationally to peers and organisations. Together we are building a better world for people all around the world.

Mark Smith, clinical lead, shares updates on some of the international initiatives Te Pou is a part of.

USA international indicator work with Professor Pincus: Columbia University, New York

This work aims to develop a set of international indicators and it has been running since 2011. It involves all participating countries in the international initiative for mental health leadership (IIMHL): New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland and England. Te Pou and the New Zealand Ministry of Health have been the key New Zealand contacts, contributing by assisting with indicator definitions and collecting data for the indicators. Work on this ongoing international project also involves developing a measure of recovery.

Robyn Shearer, Te Pou chief executive, is attending a meeting about this work in Washington in April.

National Health Service benchmarking work: London, United Kingdom

This is a new international project emerging out of the international indicator work. It is being led by the NHS benchmarking group in the UK and involves the IIMHL participating countries plus Norway. The work has identified a small number of common indicators for international comparison. The project has so far worked out some definitions of these indicators and the next step is to collect data based on them to report back on in April.

International HoNOS review: London/Newcastle, United Kingdom

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK has decided to review the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales. This work started in 2014 and is nearing completion; the HoNOS has been revised and work is underway on the HoNOS 65+. The UK, Australia and New Zealand are participating in this work as the three countries that have mandated HoNOS collection at a national level. Te Pou is the New Zealand representative.

Recommendations from the work will be sent to the Royal College of Psychiatrists later in the year for their review.   

Australian mental health outcomes and classification network (AMHOCN): Sydney, Australia  

Te Pou and New Zealand have benefited from close working relationships with AMHOCN over the years. We actively participate in their national information meetings and jointly host a biannual Australasian outcomes and information conference. The next is scheduled for 2017 in Brisbane.

New Zealand actively assists other countries with outcomes work

We contribute because we believe it is part of being a good international citizen. Sharing our work with a wider international audience will help information and outcomes give insights into peoples’ recoveries and how well providers are doing at delivering services.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nursing uses Te Pou’s online HoNOS training and refresher training as part of its credential programme.

Alberta Health in Canada benefits from using our resources, such as the HoNOS vignettes, collection protocol guidance and reporting guidance.