CASUS team scoop innovation award
CASUS team scoop innovation award
24 August 2012

CPFT’s CASUS team (the young people’s substance misuse service) was part of a collaboration which was recently awarded the Virgin Business Media and Guardian’s “Innovation Nation” award for collaboration. CASUS is part of the AMBIT collaboration (Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment) - a rapidly expanding family of therapeutic approaches for borderline personality disorder. Dickon Bevington, CPFT Consultant Psychiatrist, said: “CASUS is part of a collaboration of teams that I lead from the Anna Freud Centre in London, drawn from the NHS and voluntary sector across the UK, that are using AMBIT along with innovative wiki-based software to support evidence-based practice, and to innovate, share and develop more effective ways of working with a client group that is currently poorly served and for whom effective practice is thin. “CASUS is the place where AMBIT has mainly been worked out. Each team that uses it starts a local version of the AMBIT manual, adapting, refining and improving this, based on local expertise (street level workers, local youth.) These ‘how-to-do-it’ improvements are then shared, compared and integrated with other ideas from teams around the country, and existing evidence. “Teams across the UK are supported to “blog” about what techniques and innovations they are using to deliver effective help in their streets. They can then easily compare and share their innovations with other local teams so the whole ‘community of practice’ grows together.” Congratulations to Dickon and the CASUS team.

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