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Published Online:https://doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20201013-08Cited by:2

Abstract

Safewards is a psychosocial intervention designed to improve practice and staff–patient interactions in mental health wards. However, evidence regarding the impact of training on implementing change initiatives in this setting is mixed. Pre- and post-training surveys were completed by staff from 18 inpatient wards across seven health services in Victoria, Australia. Fidelity audits were undertaken to assess implementation of Safewards into routine practice. Staff knowledge, confidence, and motivation increased significantly from pre- to post-training, with no difference between two different methods of training. Most wards were implementing six or more of the interventions at the end of the trial. A structured approach to training, with flexibility of delivery options, produced positive changes in staff and translation to practice. Substantial investment in training from government and organizations appears to strengthen the uptake and impact of training, and the current study provides evidence that the interventions were implemented as intended. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 58(12), 32–42.]

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