CORC Annual Forum 2022
The Annual CORC Forum is always a highlight of the year for the whole team and this year didn’t disappoint.
It was great to be joined by so many of you (151 in total) to listen to such a range of contributors and hear about great work happening both in the UK and further afield. [You can view the speakers and their presentations here]
Peter Fonagy’s keynote certainly got me (and from the questions and feedback, many of you) considering how we think about mental distress and mental health difficulties (and distinguish between them) in young people as well as the impact that both recent events and cultural changes, such as reduced stigma around mental health are having. This definitely piqued the interest of attendees who described Peter’s presentation as ‘immensely helpful’, ‘reflective and wise’.
Hearing from services about how they’re improving practice in outcome measurement is always interesting and really helps me and the CORC team think about how we can most effectively support services. The learning from the NHSE discovery project showed how user-centred design can be a really helpful approach in quality improvement and how colleagues from Norfolk and Waveney and Avon and Wiltshire have been listening to service users to help them in developing digital platforms to improve the use of outcome measures. It was great to hear from Avon and Wiltshire that engaging in user centred design and acting on their learning had increased the rate of paired outcome completion almost fourfold! More learning will be disseminated from this project in the coming months so watch this space for more information.
Having met with the Team at RISE (Coventry and Warwickshire) earlier in the year to review their progress towards accreditation, it was brilliant to be able to invite them to share with you what had impressed me about their journey and reflections on it. We tested out a new model of accreditation with RISE, focusing on two of the themes/domains of our Best Practice Framework – this was really successful and we’ll be contacting members (and sharing in our newsletter) about this refreshed approach, early in 2023.
Colleagues from IWK effectively summarised what’s required for service to improve – ‘persistence and variety’ – definitely characteristics shown by the services we heard from.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to gives us some feedback – lot’s of positive comments and some things for us to reflect on going forward. This is the third Forum that we’ve run online and some attendees commented that the online space doesn’t provide the same opportunities to network as a face to face event - but on the other hand it does enable people to join that may struggle to travel to a venue. Trying to balance these is a challenge that we’ll continue to think about as we plan for 2023 (suggestions welcome!)
Thanks to everyone who contributed either as a presenter, an attendees or working behind the scenes to make the event successful.
Below are just a few comments from those who completed the survey
Nick Tait, Programme Manager