The NFER review of the role of Primary Mental Health Workers in education
The following research questions were covered.
- What role do PMHWs undertake within education?
- What models/approaches do they adopt?
- What are the challenges for both the PMHWs and education staff?
- What are the benefits or positive outcomes?
- What good practice can be identified?
Impact and outcomes
A draft final report was produced in January 2009. This was in the standard format for NFER evidence syntheses. Implications for policy and practice were tailored to relevant audiences. In order to reach the key audiences of CAMHS and education, articles in a variety of journals were completed as part of the dissemination plan.
Research design and methods
In order to explore the above research questions, the project involved three key lines of enquiry:
- systematic scanning and identifying of evidence from a range of relevant academic databases
- systematic scanning and collection of information and documents from appropriate websites and internet subject gateways
- the collection of current policy and practice documents from local authorities via the EMIE at NFER link network and email requests
The syntheses of evidence is of interest to policy makers and practitioners in education and mental health, as well as to children’s services personnel.