The Model of Care was launch by Minister Daly TD on 12th June 2019.
To date extensive training of clinicians in Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) has taken place. BFT is a single family intervention. Currently there are 199 Clinicians on the BFT Register including 30 clinicians who are trained as Trainers / Supervisors. BFT is available to families and service users in each CHO. BFT is delivered in accordance with agreed standards which are documented in BFT SOP.
On-going work is taking place to facilitate the provision of cognitive behavioural therapy for service users with psychosis as well as developing an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service to facilitate progression or return to competitive employment. The progression of IPS will be carried out in collaboration with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
Funding for three demonstration sites for First Episode Psychosis has been agreed to evaluate the effectiveness of a “Hub and Spoke” model in an Irish service delivery context. The EIP National Clinical Programme, in partnership with Department of Public Health – Trinity College Dublin, will undertake an independent process evaluation. The outcomes from the demonstration sites will inform the full implementation of the Model of Care. The demonstration sites selected include Sligo / Leitrim, South Lee Cork, and Meath.