Ambitious proposal for a structured approach

Support for clinicians

“The ESCAP Board is about to define how and where we could exchange thoughts on a wide range of subjects concerning the quality of clinical work. We will be promoting interchange between clinicians to facilitate shared learning by making information more readily available”, says former ESCAP Board member professor Claude Bursztejn (France).

portrait of professor Dr Claude Bursztejn, board member of ESCAP“This summer in Dublin the Clinical Division was my main priority. Clinical care needs our full attention and we should face our ambitions in a structured manner.
I pleaded for structure before, not only in this field. We should show the world what we are doing in ESCAP and begin – for example – with publishing proper congress summaries. An after-congress overview will learn us a lot, such as the enormous differences in clinical practice that still exist between ESCAP member countries.” 

Essential areas
Just before the 2013 congress, Bursztejn presented his ideas about the role of the Clinical Division to the General Assembly, being the most important decision making boy of ESCAP, where all members are represented. “We intend to support and increase the quality of clinical work, and the standing of the profession across Europe”, he said.

ESCAP's Clinical Division wants to focus on eight essential areas:

  1. Major clinical concerns.
  2. Specific national guidelines.
  3. Use of guidelines in clinical practice.
  4. Models of care and therapies employed.
  5. Comparison of private versus public practice.
  6. Organisation of services, clinics, multidisciplinary teams, etc.
  7. Outpatient community care versus inpatient care.
  8. How child & adolescent mental health teams are organised and the role of other professionals on these teams. 

Enriching congress programs
Professor Bursztejn has a clear roadmap in mind, through which these areas should be addressed: “I would like to propose organising specific workshops on these issues as a part of the ESCAP congress programs. We could also include seminars on chosen topics.” Apart from enriching future congress programs, Bursztejn proposed to gather existing studies and information and making these available through the new website. Among the national member societies, the ESCAP Clinical Division also plans to undertake surveys to explore the defined focus areas. An executive committee should take responsibility for the new clinical activities. 

Documentation of all ESCAP 2013 (Dublin) keynote presentations and some symposia are available here.