Successful practitioner training for COINCIDE study

Healthcare professionals across the North West who are taking part in the COINCIDE study have successfully completed essential training in delivering a collaborative care model to patients with long term conditions and depression.

The COINCIDE study is testing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a collaborative care intervention for patients with diabetes, and/or coronary heart disease and depression.

During the training, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) and practice nurses, who will be involved in delivering the intervention, looked at how collaborative care models could be implemented to help support patients with depression and long term conditions.

The training session included presentations and Q and A sessions with condition specialists in diabetes and heart disease. They focused on how to perform a holistic assessment of wellbeing with this group of patients (covering physical and psychological aspects and psychological factors relevant to the self-management of their illness – i.e. patients’ beliefs and attitudes about their illness and its treatment). Trainees practised condensing this information into a ‘problem statement’ to be used as the basis for developing patient goals and as a succinct summary of the problem that could be shared, understood and referred to by the whole primary care team.

Motivational techniques for encouraging lifestyle change along with advice on how to make consultations with primary care practitioners more effective were also discussed.

Dr Peter Coventry, lead for the COINCIDE study said: “The training was very well received; we’ve had some encouraging positive feedback from both the PWPs and nurses involved in the project. Attendees were particularly positive about the specialist sessions and enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on their practice as well as considering how to apply the skills they already have more effectively to patients with depression and a long term condition.”