Guidelines for Primary Healthcare Providers
The overall purpose/intent of credentialing is to improve population health in the area of mental health and addiction within a primary care setting.
Primary health care nurses require the necessary competencies in screening, brief assessment, intervention and referral in order to meet the mental health and addiction related health care needs of people in their communities.
Essential to enhancing and developing knowledge is translation of knowledge/skills into practice and this is depicted by Practice Development Support (based on a model of reflective practice and often referred to as clinical supervision).
Participating as an organisation in the Credentialing Progrogramme
Identified your practice setting - this might just be your organisation or you may wish to collaborate with other organisations in your locality
Gap analysis - Assess what training and information is already freely available in your area and what the gaps might be in knowledge for your staff group. Establish your local training priorities that will best respond to your community and fit the topics outlined in the Evidence Based Record. For an example of a generic Gap Analysis click here
- Developing a Local Training and support programme - It is necessary that a Primary Healthcare Provider supports nurses to undertake training, updating and enhance skills, share information (MH), and provide a mechanism for nurses to develop an evidence based record ( required for credentialing process). Provision of supervision/ coaching/ mentoring during training by someone with approved and recognised mental health knowledge assists with translation of knowledge into practice and is essential to the credentialing process. For further information on the credentialing objectives/gap analysis/training criteria click here
- Application for credential - When nurses feel confident they have achieved the desired outcomes of training, an online application can be completed
The practice of credentialed nurses includes:
- To routinely screen for and recognise signs of depression, anxiety, addiction and harmful substance use in people.
- To feel confident talking to and supporting people with signs of depression, anxiety, addiction and harmful substance use. This includes feeling confident about inquiring about and addressing concerns about risk. To include screening, brief assessment and interventions, ongoing monitoring (psychosocial, physical, and pharmacological), and promoting self-management strategies within daily practice.
- To be familiar with referral pathways within communities that are culturally appropriate, and meet the needs of individuals, families and whānau.
- To understand the concepts of recovery and wellbeing
- To incorporate the principles of a motivational approach within therapeutic relationships.
- To understand societal influences that impact on people’s mental health and journeys of recovery including stigma and discrimination