Evaluation of the Buddy Scheme
- Further evaluation of the Buddy Scheme over 6 years (academic paper in submission) has demonstrated its effectiveness as:
An educational method in interprofessional health and social care education.
An intervention in the recovery of users of secondary mental health services.
- An evaluation of the Buddy Scheme in the pre registration education of mental health, adult general, paediatric nursing and midwifery students, occupational therapy and social work students has demonstrated that learning from the scheme is taken forward into practice in the workplace (post registration).
- An evaluation of the Buddy Scheme in the education of junior doctors and GP trainees has been completed demonstrating the effectiveness of the experience in transformative learning and action to change practice.
- Findings have indicated cost benefits from the scheme in the reduction of care packages – ‘The Human Factor: a new report by NESTA estimates potential savings of more than £20bn in the next five years – if the NHS allowed patients and professionals to design their own services’ (Guardian Public 5-11-09).
- Evaluation of the Buddy Scheme in the Rehabilitation Service for people with enduring mental illness in Kent and Medway SCPT showed that the scheme was able to provide effective occupation and paid employment for people in the transition from inpatient rehabilitation services (East KMPT) into more independent accomodation.