CORE Benchmarks

Services using CORE software are automatically signed up to the CORE User Network and are encouraged to adopt a common methodology: this includes induction training for practitioners, data management training for service managers and the adoption of a common reporting framework.

Being a member of the CORE user network has advantages, the largest of which is that it allows service benchmarking to identify, develop and disseminate best practice in the provision of psychological therapy.

Anonymised data from services in the user network is pooled to create a unique national database (NDB) of practice-based evidence. This NDB is used to develop - and evolve - comparative service quality indicators (benchmarks), which can help members explore their own service performance and compare with other, similar services' performance.

The NDB is also used for other research purposes. Among the many topics investigated to date are; the effectiveness of differing forms of therapy, effectiveness of specific therapies for depression and anxiety (as identified by practitioners at assessment), waiting times and their impact on outcome.

The benchmarking indices are usually presented in the form of anonymised, traffic-light 'thermometers'. The green band profiles the percentage range for services making up the top quartile (the 'best performing' 25%); subsequent quartiles are sequentially coloured yellow, amber and red, with red denoting the percentage range for the lowest quartile of services.

The benchmarking indices are usually presented in the form of anonymised, traffic-light 'thermometers'.

Since 2004 CORE IMS, in conjunction with the CORE user network, has been developing data sources for the creation of benchmark indicators in specific sectors including primary care, workplace (EAP) and student counselling services.

A series of benchmarks for Primary Care services were published in a special edition of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research in 2006 and updates were generated last year and are available for download. A series of benchmarks for the Higher Education sector are also available for download. Benchmarks for EAPs are currently being produced and will be available in the near future.

CORE user network members are also encouraged towards active and open participation in group benchmarking workshops. Thus, the network provides a level of peer support to CORE-using services in keeping with the participatory, ground-up learning ethos that has underpinned CORE since its inception.

2006 Primary Care Benchmarking Papers
Mellor-Clark, J., Curtis Jenkins, A., Evans, R., Mothersole, G. & McInnes, B. (2006). Resourcing a CORE Network to develop a National Research Database to help enhance psychological therapy and counselling service provision. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 16-22. Abstract

Trusler, K., Doherty, C., Mullin, T., Grant, S. & McBride, J. (2006). Waiting times for primary care psychological therapy and counselling services. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 23-32. Abstract

Bewick, B.M., Trusler, K., Mullin, T., Grant, S. &  Mothersole, G. (2006). Routine outcome measurement completion rates of the CORE-OM in primary care psychological therapies and counselling. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 33-40. Abstract

Cahill, J., Potter, S. & Mullin, T. (2006). First contact session outcomes in primary care psychological therapy and counselling services. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 41-49. Abstract
Bewick, B.M.,  McBride, J. & Barkham, M. (2006). When clients and practitioners have differing views of risk: Benchmarks for improving assessment and practice. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 50-59. Abstract

Connell, J., Grant, S. & Mullin, T. (2006). Client initiated termination of therapy at NHS primary care counselling services. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 60-67. Abstract

Mullin, T., Barkham, M., Mothersole, G., Bewick, B.M. & Kinder, A. (2006). Recovery and improvement benchmarks for counselling and the psychological therapies in routine primary care. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 68-80. Abstract

Mellor-Clark, J., Barkham, M., Mothersole, G., McInnes, B. & Evans, R. (2006). Reflections on benchmarking NHS primary care psychological therapies and counselling. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6(1), 81-87. Abstract

Primary Care Benchmarks 2010 Update
Benchmarking Assessment Outcomes - 2010 update Download
Benchmarking Completion Rates - 2010 update Download
Benchmarking Recovery and Improvement Rates - 2010 update
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Benchmarking Risk Assessment - 2010 update
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Benchmarking Unplanned Endings - 2010 update
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Benchmarking Waiting Times - 2010 update
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Higher Education Benchmarks
1. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Introduction Download
2. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Waiting Times
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3. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Assessment Outcomes
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4. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: CORE-OM scores at Intake
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5. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Risk
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6. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Presenting Problems and Concerns
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7. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Outcome Measure Completion Rates
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8. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Planned/Unplanned Endings
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9. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Sessions Attended/Unattended
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10. Benchmarks for Higher Education Counselling Services: Recovery and Improvement Rates
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