A Mental Health Strategy Webchat

The Department of Health features an interesting document – a summary of a webchat involving David Behan the Department of Health’s Director General of Social Care. This contrasts with some of the more detailed and formal documents as it’s very informal consisting of a dialogue between Behan and several people with questions about health and social services.  The document though is slightly tricky to get to grips with until you realise that Behan’s response to an earlier question often comes several paragraphs down from the original question and can be worked out by referring to the name of the person asking the question. Thus the document consists of a series of threads – questions and answers. There are variations on how this information can be presented but the main point for me was how accessible this information was as the dialogue generated here is easy-to-read and enables Behan to explain policies in response to people’s concerns. The rolling out of IAPT to older adult services as well as the telecare and telehealth options for people in older adult’s services were two of the many interesting points in the discussion. This seems to be a very simple approach to improving the accessiblity of complex DOH policies.

Index: An index of the site can be found here. The page contains links to all of the articles in the blog in chronological order. Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail justinmarley17@yahoo.co.uk. Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.

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