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Groundbreaking new platform launched to support mental health - Every Mind Matters

PHE and the NHS launch Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs. The new platform, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP), will enable people to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control.

This new resource is available for the public and for GPs to advise their patients to use.  The NHS will also promote Every Mind Matters to its one-million plus workforce.”

Find out more on the

Government information page.

Your Path in Research - NIHR campaign

We would like to draw your attention to the following new campaign launched by NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) to encourage more healthcare professionals to get involved in research.  Please share this information with colleagues as appropriate.

A new campaign to encourage more healthcare professionals to get involved in research was launched on 4th October.

Coinciding with the birthday of James Lind, a pioneer of clinical trials in the 1700s, Your Path in Research showcases a range of ways healthcare professionals can learn more about the research happening around them every day, as well as how they can take their first or next step in a research career with the NIHR.”

Find out more on the NIHR information page.

Application Deadline - Friday 25th October 2019 - Expression of Interest for Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health - January 2020

Closing date for expressions of interest for ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health’ is Friday 25th October 2019, for details on how to submit an expression of interest please see below:-

Dear Colleague,

Re: Training funding opportunity

Building on the ‘The NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVfMH)’ and ‘Stepping Forward to 2020/2021, The Mental Health Workforce Plan for England’, Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are offering funding packages to NHS and NHS Commissioned Providers of Mental Health services interested in transforming their workforce through the role of a ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioner'.

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University of Bolton - applications welcome for their PGDip Course commencing Jan 2020

The Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies team at the University of Bolton are currently welcoming applications for their Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) Course in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies commencing in January 2020.

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IAPT Forum - Temmi Roberts Poster presentation information

Dear colleagues, 

In case you didn't get a chance to talk to our poster presenter Temmi Roberts at the IAPT Forum 2019, you can access the digital poster here. 

It outlines the work from Roberts T, Holland EJ, Patel K, Lightbody E on behalf of the ADOPTS study team Stroke Research Team, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK on 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapy For Stoke Survivors (IAPT For Stroke)'.

PHE: Behavioural Insight funding available

Dear Colleagues

The Local Government Association are inviting councils to apply for £20,000 grants to contribute towards the delivery of behavioural insights projects. We already see great examples of behavioural insights being used across the country to improve outcomes for local people, encouraging them to make better choices for themselves. PHE’s behavioural science lead Tim Chadborn is offering support to local government colleagues who are applying and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can learn more about the grants here and the deadline for applications is 1 November

For those of you not already registered to the PHE Friday message, you can do so by registering here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/subscribe/

Launch of the IAPT BAME Positive Practice Guide

BABCP are delighted to announce the launch of the long-awaited updated IAPT Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Service User Positive Practice Guide.

Thanks to the efforts of Andrew Beck, Saiqa Naz, Michelle Brooks and Maja Jankowska, this updated version of the guide has been compiled by both IAPT clinicians and service users.

BABCP President Paul Salkovskis said: "I welcome this guide as pointing to the way forward in terms of how to shape IAPT services, the therapy they deliver, the workforce it recruits and nurtures and the communities which it seeks to involve and serve. 

"The BABCP is proud to endorse this fantastic piece of work, and will actively seek to promote its objectives."

Register your place for the 2019 North West PPN Annual Conference - A Digital Future for the Psychological Professions: Implementing the TOPOL Review

The North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) are delighted to announce the 2019 PPN Annual Conference will focus on the implications and opportunities for the psychological professions working within the NHS as it sets out its vision to prepare the workforce to deliver the digital future.

The Topol Review (HEE, 2019) highlights that the NHS finds itself at a unique point in the history of healthcare, with the convergence of new technologies, advances in genomics, developments in biosensors, the electronic patient record and smartphone apps, enabled by artificial intelligence within a digital infrastructure, creates the capacity of healthcare on to deliver personalised care in a far more rational, efficient and tailored basis.

Building a Digital Ready Workforce (BDR) is a national programme being led by HEE that aims to build a workforce that has the understanding and skills to use data, information, knowledge and technology to transform the way they offer health and care services.

To find out more, click here: www.nwppn.nhs.uk/index.php/events/icalrepeat.detail/2019/11/28/360/-/2019-north-west-ppn-annual-conference-a-digital-future-for-the-psychological-professions-implementing-the-topol-review

Spaces still available for the New Roles in Psychological Professions - Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) Workshop

New Roles in Psychological Professions

There has been considerable interest in the potential of psychology graduates to be part of the health and care workforce.

The Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) role is a role with potential to support workforce development in the Psychological Professions.

CAPs initially developed in Scotland where the role is specific either to adults with common mental health problems (similar to IAPT) or children and families.  More recently, Exeter University in partnership with Cornwall Partnerships FT, have trailblazed the CAP role along with the development of a bespoke training programme, to address workforce recruitment problems in the South west of England. 

CAPs train for one year at Masters Level and once qualified operate at a Band 6 level. The CAPs must be supervised by a clinical psychologist and are trained to deliver assessment, formulation and treatment for people with mental health problems.

The vision for the CAP role is to create a new workforce to bridge the gap between graduate psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, developing the career pathway for graduate psychologists whilst enabling services to innovatively meet patient needs. CAPs are a unique way to address the psychology and wider mental health recruitment challenges.

The Apprenticeship Standard for CAPs is in the process of being approved and from January 2020 the Master’s Level Training Fees will be available to organisations through the Apprenticeship Levy.

In the North West and across the North of England there is growing interest in the potential of these roles. 

The PPN has organised a workshop on Thursday 7th November 2019, 1pm – 5pm at the King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester. 

The  workshop will provide an opportunity for Psychological Professions’ Leads, Service Managers, Workforce Planners, Commissioners and Education Providers to come together to explore opportunities to develop this role in the North West.

Information will be available about the role and how the apprenticeship standard can provide an effective development route.

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For registration, please use the link here.

October deadline for HEE & Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust: Training funding opportunity

Training funding opportunity

Building on the ‘The NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVfMH)’ and ‘Stepping Forward to 2020/2021, The Mental Health Workforce Plan for England’, Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are offering funding packages to NHS and NHS Commissioned Providers of Mental Health services interested in transforming their workforce through the role of a ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioner'.

‘The Assistant Practitioner’ is a 2 year Higher Apprenticeship, with 1 day on training release at university. Therefore, the funding model will look to draw from the organisation’s apprenticeship Levy supplemented by a training grant provided by HEE. In the case of Non-Levy paying organisations, HEE will provide a funding package. For more information on the recruitment timeline, click here.

This intake is available for 2019/2020 across the North of England starting in January 2020 with a limited number of places. Training providers will be available across the North in each of the STP areas and will be announced shortly.

Candidates can be recruited internally or externally, however they will need to meet the HEI entry requirements. Please see the attached criteria.

To submit an Expression of Interest please complete the form in the attached Link.

Please note that the application deadline is Friday 25th October 2019 COP.