CAPA travels to Canada!

Warm people, cold weather. Cars that stop to let you cross. Experts in clearing snow (we could learn a thing or two here!). We had a wonderful time running CAPA training in Halifax, Nova Scotia 26 Nov to 1st Dec.

We were very excited when Sharon (Clark) from IWK invited us to run CAPA training at the Chocolate Lake Hotel.  No Willy Wonka in sight though! Day 1-2 was for clinicians and 3 for managers and others from the Province. Sharon had heard of CAPA from one of their clinicians who had worked in a CAPA team in New Zealand. The world is a very small place it seems!

IWK is the main provider of mental health services in Nova Scotia. We were struck by their enthusiasm about the service transformation CAPA can bring. The current services, although developed in good faith, are no longer able to provide responsive, quick access that they crave. Anxiety about their waits to non-urgent appointments had felt overwhelming until now…

The wonderful Maureen MacDonald, Health and Wellness Minister, opened the first day and we were struck by her resolute commitment to the project. She is a fantastic champion for children’s mental health- her praise for the hard work of the staff was particularly welcome. Then the day spurred on, tailored to people’s needs as we went. We talked about a focus on what people want, how to offer choices and let go when enough has been done. We were filmed (will we ever dare watch this!) and interviewed by a news journalist from the Chronicle Herald.

In Day 3 we worked with paediatricians, child and adult mental health practitioners, managers and the Department of Health. We focused on different viewpoints and system-free CAPA. How does CAPA help the service user, manager, clinician, administrator and funder? Everyone took something away.

Breakfast with the psychiatrists (the biggest plate of pancakes you ever did see!), bring and share supper at Sharon’s on Tuesday evening and a Q&A lunch before we went. A packed visit. Can’t wait to hear how things go for Nova Scotia!

Thank you for having us! We loved being with a new ‘family’.