The development of a Family Intervention Competency Assessment and Reflection Scale (FICARS) for psychosis

Gamble, C., Sin, Jacqueline, Kelly, M., O'Loughlin, D. and Moone, Nicki (2013) The development of a Family Intervention Competency Assessment and Reflection Scale (FICARS) for psychosis. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 20 (8). pp. 744-751. ISSN 1351-0126

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Abstract

Family intervention (FI) for psychosis has a robust evidence base. In recommending its use the revised NICE schizophrenia guideline states ‘Healthcare professionals providing psychological interventions should have an appropriate level of competence’. Yet, no definitive instrument exists to outline what competences are required during and post FI training or help recruit staff with the appropriate knowledge and skill. This paper reports on the development of a Family Intervention Competency Assessment and Reflection Scale (FICARS). Using a systematic three-staged approach commonly used in health outcomes measurement development, a comprehensive literature review on UK-based FI training and commonly used assessment tools was undertaken. A FICARS draft was then constructed and revised in consultation with expert FI clinicians. Finally, a content validity study with FI trainers and students across three FI training programmes was undertaken to optimize FICARS aim to promote reflective assessment and professional development in FI skills and practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: carers; competency; development; family intervention/work; training
Subjects: Medicine and health > Mental health
Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 08 May 2015 15:11
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 09:30
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1145

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