Since its launch in England in the 1990s, the Tidal Model has flowed steadily around the globe. Within ten years over 100 dedicated projects have been established in different countries, all focused on exploring and researching the relevance of Tidal to different areas of mental health practice.
Projects in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Denmark are exploring how the values of the Tidal Model might provide a basis for developing genuine, person-centred care and also might help professionals reclaim the vocation of human caring.
Here we profile seven projects, in England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and Japan. These projects illustrate the Tidal commitments to human caring, and the team's commitment to examining social and cultural issues, which make their project special.
Many outstanding projects have been developed in England over the past decade, across acute and forensic care, and within NHS as well as private health and social care facilities. A good example of initiative and collaboration with users and carers, is the South West Yorkshire proect (click here).
In Scotland the Glasgow service (click here) is probably the largest mental health service in the UK, serving 2.5 million people, from inner-city Glasgow, through Paisley to Inverclyde and the Lomonds. The award-winning nursing teams within this Trust have demonstrated the obvious fact that 'nursing matters'. More recently, services in Ayrshire have begun to implement Tidal
The Republic of Ireland has been developing a number of Tidal projects, across hospital and community care for over five years. This pioneering work began originally in Dublin, but has been developed most successfully in County Cork and County Mayo (click for details).
North America is the birthplace of nursing theory and the concept of mental health 'recovery'. We were honoured when Canadian nurses decided to 'launch' the Tidal Model within their services. Two marvellous projects, first in Ottawa (click here) and then in Nova Scotia (click here) illustrate the priceless value of the commitment to human caring and collegiate action to improve the lives of others.
In Japan, Tidal began as a distinctly 'nursing' model, many other disciplines have found an echo of their own vocation within the Tidal philosophy. The Tidal project in Tokyo (click here) is a perfect example of inter-disciplinary teamwork, where psychiatrists, nurses and other therapists work together to promote the recovery of the individual.