BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services uses knowledge exchange across the organization to help promote excellence and innovation and ensure that clinical practices are informed by both research and provincial priorities.
Knowledge exchange is a process that helps us find, generate, share and apply what we call "evidence," which includes research, clinical expertise and people's lived experience. This evidence informs policy development, strengthens clinical services, and improves people's health.
Knowledge exchange involves raising awareness about new evidence as well as creating an environment to support the integration of this evidence. We collaborate and consult with colleagues across the organization as well as external stakeholders to ensure that knowledge exchange principles and practices are mixed into our programs, research projects, change initiatives and more.
One of our current projects is evaluating the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital's action plan, which is improving safety, patient care and operations across the hospital.
We're collaborating with leaders, clinicians, patients and families, unions and key service partners throughout British Columbia to design the evaluation and collect their feedback on the action plan and our work on it so far, including safety and security initiatives, clinical service delivery, and improved workforce capacity and culture. By working together in this way, we're making sure that everyone's interests are taken into account as we evaluate the action plan. The result is a more meaningful and objective understanding of what we have accomplished.
We're also encouraging clinical staff who do not usually conduct research to participate in knowledge exchange through an upcoming research training program called the Research Challenge, which will offer education, mentorship and resources. Through this program, clinical staff will develop their understanding of research and knowledge exchange, conduct research that is informed by their clinical practice and expertise, and integrate research and evidence into their daily practice.
To learn more about the Research Challenge, email us.