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A survey of pedagogical approaches and quality mechanisms used in education programs for mental health professionals

McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204, Higgins, A., Maguire, G. , Alexander, J., Watts, M., Creaner, M. & Rani, S. (2012). A survey of pedagogical approaches and quality mechanisms used in education programs for mental health professionals. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 26(5), doi: 10.3109/13561820.2012.660287


The provision of high-quality education and training that is responsive, relevant, accessible and evidence based is critical if the vision for quality mental health services presented in recent policy initiatives in Ireland is to be fulfilled. This paper reports the findings related to pedagogical approaches and quality assurance mechanisms utilized within mental health education. The study involved canvassing all Higher Education Institutions in Ireland. A total of 227 courses in 31 educational institutes were identified and 149 questionnaires were returned from 129 Course Coordinators. Various quality processes were identified in existing programs; however, formal feedback from service providers, service users and carers was seldom reported. Ongoing evaluation and quality assurance strategies are a key element of governance and there is a need to develop strategies that explore the impact of education programs on mental health education and health outcomes. Recommendations are made in terms of future interprofessional mental health education and practice.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Interprofessional Care on 15 Feb 2012, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Assessment, interprofessional practice, mental health practitioners, quality assurance, teaching
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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