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.
There are a number of projects underway to facilitate knowledge exchange across B.C. in order to improve mental health and substance use care. One of these is the BCMHSUS Research Challenge.
We're 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,