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Current context and aims 

Current context and aims
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Current context and aims
Author(s):

Tom Burns

, and Mike Firn

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198754237.003.0002
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date: 23 October 2019

This chapter addresses the current context of mental health care for outreach practice. It covers the rise of consumerism, the increased emphasis on audit and clinical governance, plus the need to demonstrate both the evidence base of practice and its benefits for patients. It sets practice in the context of the changing nature of professional roles and claims that clinical judgement can be exercised despite the increased prescription by service commissioners and the attendant bureaucracy.

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