Attachment Theory in Adult Mental Health: Implications for Clinical Practice

Thursday 8th May 2014
At Chancellors Hotel, Fallowfield, Manchester

Download full details.

Are you involved in Post Doctoral research and working in Clinical Practice?

Invitation to the NHS NW Post-Doctoral Research Network Wednesday 7th May 2014 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester.

Over the last year the team at NHS Research & Development North West have developed a programme of work focussed on supporting NHS based early career researchers, specifically in the non-medical workforce. We have run a number of workshops focussing on people undertaking a Masters in Clinical Research and the growing number of people working full time in clinical practice whilst studying for a PhD on a part-time basis.

We are aware that there is a small, but growing, community of people who have now completed their PhDs and have either returned to clinical practice or taken up a joint clinical/academic appointment which enables them to combine research with clinical practice. We are very keen to bring this group together to explore ways in which we can support this community and provide an opportunity for people to network with colleagues at a similar stage in their research career.

We are therefore inviting you to a networking event in Manchester on Wednesday 7th May from 2.30 – 5.00pm

Alongside exploring how we can develop a community of post-doctoral researchers we also have some really exciting plans about work we are proposing to undertake which we would like to share with you and gain your input into.

If you are able to join us for this meeting please can you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Smoking Cessation in Mental Health Improving the Physical Health of People with Mental Health Conditions

Friday 23 May 2014

Chaired by Dr Shubulade Smith Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, & Commissioner, The Schizophrenia Commission, this conference which features a number of extended interactive sessions will provide a practical guide to smoking cessation in mental health, ensuring your service effectively supports people with mental illness to stop smoking and does so within a smoke free environment with sessions including:

  • The importance of smoking cessation in improving the physical heath of people with mental disorder: The evidence
  • Smoking Cessation within an Inpatient Forensic Intellectual Disability Service: Practice, Audit, and Patient Perspectives
  • Extended session: Delivering a smoke free inpatient environment Implementing the NICE recommendations
  • Extended Session: Smoke Free Minds
  • Service user perspectives on smoking cessation
  • Smoking cessation: what works in mental health?
  • Developing frontline staff competence in smoking cessation interventions
  • Case study: changing culture and attitudes

For full details and to book your place please visit Healthcare Conferences UK.

Forthcoming Events in Social Care,Mental Health & Safeguarding

CPD events for those working in social care, mental health and/or involved in adult protection and safeguarding. These events focus on improving quality and provision of mental health services and of care for vulnerable adults, and integrating services to ensure continuity of care during hospital admission, stay and discharge.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Tuesday 1 July 2014, London
Book your place

This masterclass will explore the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and examine the practical implications for health care professionals. There will be a detailed analysis of what constitutes Deprivation of Liberty rather than restriction of liberty. Key learning will include an overview of the Overview of the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act with a review of recent case law, an examination of what is meant by restriction as opposed to deprivation of liberty, and a step by step review of the procedure for obtaining urgent and standard authorisations. The course will be run by Kate Hill, a Mental Healthcare lawyer, and will be case study led. Delegates will have the opportunity to raise issues and concerns specific to their own practice.

Developing Integrated Care Services
Wednesday 2 July 2014, London
Book your place

This masterclass will explore the policy context of integrated care services and identify solutions to the challenges enabling the development of an effective integrated care strategy.Integrated Care Services has been put at the centre of NHS reform, delivering on this agenda raises significant challenges for commissioners and clinicians. Health care personnel involved in delivering integrated services need to work together in order to meet the needs of patients. The course looks at some of those challenges and potential solutions, learning from experiences of the past, understanding the need to adopt integrated care and the policy context.

The Legal Use of Control & Restraint
Choice of London dates
Book your place for:
Wednesday 9 July 2014
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Tuesday 4 November 2014

Facilitated by Kate Hill, Solicitor, InPractice and RadcliffesLeBrasseur Solicitors.
The appropriate, legal use of control and restraint is necessary in many clinical settings. However, inappropriate use, and the lack of detailed documentation of decisions, can make healthcare professionals vulnerable to accusations of mistreatment. This training day will look at control and restraint in the context of the Human Rights Act, the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legal and ethical principles. Through case studies learn about using restraint in specialist areas e.g. mental health and accident and emergency.

Invitation to join CHAIN

We would like to invite you to join CHAIN (Contact, Help, Advice & Information Network), which is an online mutual support and intelligence network for people working in health and social care. It originated more than 14 years ago in the NHS Research & Development programme in the UK, and has grown steadily in both scope and scale. CHAIN is multi-professional and cross organisational, designed to connect like-minded health and social care practitioners, educators, researchers and managers. It is now international, with members across the UK and national components in Ireland, Australasia, Canada, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia, and members in more than 40 other countries worldwide. CHAIN is not-for-profit, and is staffed by National Health Service (NHS) employees. It is funded by a consortium of stakeholders including the National Institute for Health Research, NHS Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The network uses searchable online Directories to enable members to identify one another, and simple e-mails are the mechanism for networking. Main benefits of the CHAIN membership include:

  • Receiving occasional targeted emails about resources/opportunities relevant to you;
  • A searchable online directory of members and their interests;
  • Having the opportunity to use CHAIN to broadcast your own questions or other messages

Involvement in the family of organizations working in the fields of health & social care and related research and education; being willing to share experience and aspirations; and being responsive to other members' questions are the only criteria for joining CHAIN. Membership is FREE, and members may join the network, update their records or leave at any time. To join please complete a membership form at:

Clinical Audit Masterclass, 22 May 2014, London

For more information download flyer.

The Older People Champions Special Interest Group - Wednesday 16th April 2014

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: University of Manchester - Room 6.207 University Place, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL


The Older People Champions Special Interest Group

The Special Interest Group meets every 4 months, and is open to all practitioners interested in improving access to psychological therapies for older people.

It is co-chaired by Dr Julia Boot, Clinical Psychologist, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust & Dr Helen Pusey, Lecturer, University of Manchester.

The aim of the group is to support psychological practitioners to champion the needs of older people within their services by developing knowledge, sharing good practice, and developing links others concerned with improving access to and the quality of psychological therapies for older people.

See for more on older people and equalities in psychological therapies.

The April 2014 event will feature a skills session on the application of mindfulness to working with older people; and we are pleased to welcome Steve Davies, National IAPT Advisor for Older People who will provide an update on IAPT national programme activities for older people followed by a question and answer session.

Open invitation to share your practice: If you have an example of good practice or innovation you would like to share with the network and the IAPT National Advisor for Older People? We would like to invite you to do a brief presentation (5-10 minutes) to the network.

Some examples of good practice: rolling out training to other clinicians; working with other agencies; promoting service user involvement or developing resources.

If you would like to take part please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11th April 2014 so we can include you in the agenda.


09.30 – 10.00

Arrival & Registration

10.00 – 11.00

Introduction to Mindfulness and using it with older people

11.00 – 12.00

Sharing case studies (peer group supervision

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 13.30

Steve Davies, National IAPT Advisor for Older People

IAPT National Update and Question and Answer Session

13.30 – 14.00

Psychological Professions Network – Update and how to be involved

14.00 – 14.15


14.15 – 15.00

Sharing good practice I – presentations

15.00 – 15.45

Sharing good practice II - group work

15.45 – 16.00

Feedback and next steps

To register your interest and confirm your attendance please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Improving autism care and delivering the revised national strategy seminar

Tuesday, 15th July 2014
Central London

Topics for discussion include:

  • The impact of localised commissioning on autism care and whether services are providing value for money;
  • Commissioning services to best reflect individual need, following recent guidance produced by the Local Government Association and NHS England;
  • Engaging and supporting those with autism access appropriate services in the transition from childhood to adulthood;
  • Next steps to help and support those with autism into work; and
  • Implementing the revised strategy.

Full details are available on the Westminster Forum website.

Hearing Voices Project

The Psychological Professions Network is pleased to convey a call for expressions of interest in the "Hearing Voices Project".

For full details, visit the Research & Innovation section.

March 2014 launch of MindEd

MindEd is a DH funded web resource that provides free mental health e-learning and resources for all adults with a duty of care for children and young people.
Visit and register for more information and follow them on Twitter: @MindEdUK