Maintaining and Sustaining your MBCT service

These are the resources you may find helpful to maintaining and sustaining you service.

The ASPIRE project suggested that the journey of creating, maintaining and sustain and MBCT service had the following common characteristics (click to download a table of Characteristics and actions for different stages of a journey):

  • The need to ‘make it fit’ the service you are working within.
  • Evaluating the service and learning from it.
  • Creating networks and building culture.
    • Implementing MBCT is a difficult journey so you need to ensure that you are not alone. You will need to create a wide network in order to increase the level of formal and informal support. Here are some resources to download that might help you.
    • How people Established Networks
    • You will need to engage with key stakeholders in order to get them involved. Here’s a tool that will help you scope out who your key stakeholders are – SWOT Analysis
  • Building a team to deliver.
  • Getting top-down buy in.
    • Using Evidence to get top-down buy-in is crucial. Taken together NICE, research evidence and practice-based evidence plays a crucial role in catalysing the potential for implementation (e.g. in selling the idea of MBCT), and in supporting implementation processes (e.g. using local evaluation information to demonstrate impact).
    • In order to get top-down buy-in you will need to make a case for MBCT and these are some examples of how implementers from the ASPIRE Case Studies did it; How people Made a Case for MBCT,
    • Successful implementers presented business cases in order to get top down buy in
    • Some presented a financial case in order to get top-down buy-in. Follow this link for evidence on the financial case for MBCT.
  • Creating a fit for purpose structure/governance.
  • Nourishing and sustaining yourselves and your colleagues.