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This briefing paper is intended for use by clinical psychology managers, service managers and commissioners of services (both in health and social care). It aims to provide information as to the role and function of clinical psychologists in assertive outreach services. It endeavours to take into account, as far as possible, recent health service initiatives, and to offer clear guidance as to the way clinical psychology input in relation to assertive outreach should be structured and supported.
This paper updates the earlier Psychosocial Rehabilitation Special Interest Group briefing on clinical psychologists and assertive outreach published by Meddings and Cupitt (2000).
Section 1: Background
1.1 What is assertive outreach?
1.2 Is it effective?
Section 2: Service models
2.1 Designated assertive outreach teams
2.2 Individual assertive outreach workers within Community Mental Health Teams
2.3 'Hub and spoke' model
2.4 Extension or conversion of an existing rehabilitation team
Section 3: Interventions
Section 4: Team Composition
Section 5: The Role of Clinical Psychologists
5.1 Direct clinical work
5.2 Indirect clinical work/Working with the whole team
5.3 Research and evaluation
5.4 Training and supervision
5.5 Service development
Section 6: Service User and Carer Involvement
Section 7: Employing and Retaining Clinical Psychologists
7.2 Full- or part-time
7.3 Working hours
Section 8: Conclusions