Publication of the Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework

The Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and developed in collaboration by Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care. The framework supports workforce development specific to implementation of the national mental health strategy, No Health Without Mental Health. The aim of the framework is to support the development and delivery of appropriate and consistent cross-sector mental health education and training.

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Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in Mental Health Services

“Safeguarding means protecting people's health, well-being and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. It's fundamental to high-quality health and social care.” Care Quality Commission 2016

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Public Health England: National Mental Health, Dementia and Neurology Intelligence Network: Mental Health Updates

A new suicide prevention atlas was published on 9th January 2017 to coincide with the announcement by the Prime Minister on mental health and suicide prevention.

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Mary Seacole Programme

We would like to direct your attention to Cohort 29 (dates below) for the Mary Seacole programme, being held in Manchester later this year. Applications are currently open over and we’d like to ensure you have the opportunity to apply for this exciting offer while currently available. Closing Date for Applications – Thursday 16th February 2017.

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The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme

Exceptional healthcare leadership development leading to an MSc

If, as a mid to senior-level leader, you’re aspiring to take on a more senior role while, at the same time, looking to have a wider impact by leading a culture of compassion, then this programme, inspired by the inspirational and visionary leader Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, is ideal for you. It will equip you with the confidence to challenge the status quo and drive real and lasting change to improve the patient experience. From the last three intakes, almost 50% of participants reported that they’d been promoted during the programme, with over 90% attributing this to learning.

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Long Term Conditions / Medically Unexplained Symptoms Course at UCLan

This is a 5 day single module commissioned by HEE aimed at qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) working in IAPT services, ideally with a minimum of 12 months post qualification experience.

The module is due to commence on the 28th March 2017 and we have up to 10 places available for PWPs across the North West in addition to those for the LTC Early Implementer Sites.

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Maternal Mental Health Conferences

One day conferences to develop knowledge and skills in maternal mental health.

Dates: 13th March 2017 & 27th March 2017 from 8:30am - 4.00pm 

The aim of this conferences is to enhance knowledge and understanding of maternal mental health for midwives, health visitors and obstetricians who work with childbearing women.

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New Blog Post: Time to Talk on Thursday 2nd February

Author: Gita Bhutani, Chair of the PPN Workforce Transformation Board
Date: 2nd February 2017

'As many of you will know it’s Time to Talk day on Thursday this week. It’s part of the Time to Change campaign to end mental health discrimination. The point of the Time to Talk day is to increase conversations about mental health to reduce the isolation and negative feelings that people may experience when dealing with a mental health problem. For those of us working in clinical settings, this may be what you do every day – talk to people with mental health problems. That’s important and the role we have in doing this is a privilege as well as hard work – we should definitely keep doing this. How often are we able to do this in other settings? We often have those conversations that involve one person saying ‘How are you?’ and the other saying ‘Fine’ or ‘Hanging in there’. We may nod sympathetically but perhaps we don’t ask more and the conversation moves on... read more.

Greater Manchester stakeholders only: Sexual Abuse Workshops

The OPCC are currently delivering a programme, funded by the Home Office Police Innovation Fund, known as ACCORD. This is a whole-system approach to sex offender management through an accurate assessment of risk and delivery of: partnership working; innovation in technology and practices; increased efficiency; public engagement and; re-designing interventions.

As part of the programme, workshops are being delivered across Greater Manchester. These will be facilitated and delivered by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. It is recommended that stakeholders attend the workshop that is specific for their area i.e. where they operate and have involvement.

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Learning Matters! You tell us why.

The search is on for people and projects where individual and organisational learning is driving development and transforming the health and care sector in the North West

Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) and Health Education England (HEE) are proud to announce a new joint regional award programme and learning campaign, Learning Matters, to celebrate all kinds of learning across the health and care sector. You can nominate people: colleagues, volunteers or patients where their learning is really making a difference; or projects which are applying learning in any given context. Nominations will showcase the impact of learning on people and organisations in order to inspire others. They will importantly, acknowledge and say thank you to those who go that extra mile. Show your support by taking the time to nominate. Help us tell people why Learning Matters so much to everyone.

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