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Call for volunteers for North West Big Bang Fair

We are looking for volunteers to get involved with the North West Big Bang Fair, a regional careers fair that feeds into the national Big Bang Fair held in Birmingham every March.

A variety of healthcare professionals (all grades welcome) are needed for the NHS stand at the event on July 8th at Aintree Racecourse. Volunteers will be required to bring a simple hands on kit to demonstrate what they do, preferably without electricity.

Don't be put off by the science bit as the NHS stand will be open to all healthcare professionals, as science is involved in all our roles!

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Volunteers needed for The Skills Show @ The International Festival for Business

The Skills Show @ The IFB is a free interactive careers event for 6,000 14-25 year olds across all 6 Boroughs in Liverpool City Region. The event will take place on Tuesday 17 June 2014 (9am-8pm) and Wednesday 18 June 2014 (9am-5pm) at Aintree Racecourse.

We are looking for volunteers from all NHS professions to join the NHS stand and run simple hands on activities based on a specific skill to inspire young people and help them consider careers in the NHS.

'Have a Go' activities should be no more than 5–10 minutes long per person and be able to be delivered 9am-5pm throughout both days and during the 5pm-8pm evening session on the 17 June. If you can volunteer to join us for half a day or for a full day please let us know.

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An alternative guide to the urgent and emergency care system in England

A&E is often seen as a service in crisis and is the focus of much media and political interest. But A&E is just the tip of the iceberg – the whole urgent and emergency care system is complex, and surrounded by myth and confusion.

The King's Fund's brand new animation gives a whistle-stop tour of how the system fits together and busts some myths about what's really going on – explaining that the underlying causes go much deeper than just A&E and demand a joined-up response across all services.

Watch the animation.

Making Groups Work in IAPT – Evidence and Innovation

The upcoming dates for Making Groups Work in IAPT – Evidence and Innovation training at the Anna Freud Centre have been added to our events calendar.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Thursday, 8th May 2014.

Call for Information - Do you run Step 2 Group Sessions?

A network member has been in contact looking for help with finding treatment materials or manuals suitable for group delivery of anxiety and depression at Step 2.

If you are currently running a group, have ideas to share, or have resources you have found particularly useful please get in touch with to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be pleased to hear from you.

A Practical Guide to developing your skills in Social Media

Monday 29th September 2014, London

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Improving the Quality of Perinatal Mental Health Services

Thursday 10 July 2014 London

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Introducing Mindfulness and Compassion Skills Training (MCST)

What do you think it would it be like to find a new way to participate in a training that nurtured you, supported you, helped you build resiliency and skill, supported you learning at your own pace, listened to you, collaborated with your vision and inspired you with a new sense of what the practice of healthcare could be? How would it impact your working life to be fully supported in bringing your insights into the Field of Healthcare as a Doctor, Nurse, Therapist, Psychologist, Trainee or other professional in the Field of Integrative Healthcare?

Introducing Mindfulness and Compassion Skills Training (MCST)

Mindfulness and Compassion Skills Training (MCST) is a unique professional training with an emphasis on ongoing development of skill and flexibility that is delivered within an

environment that is nurturing and conducive to deep interaction, mutual respect and reflection.

Training is process - orientated and builds on listening to what Healthcare is for you & what it could be...

Working and listening to fellow Health Professionals over many years has been the ground on which this course is built. It arises from a deep aspiration to offer a programme that prioritises a whole person care that through helping us to reconnect with our own lives, aspirations and values. The information attached carries a warm invite for you to join me, or to get in touch with any questions. The programme is deeply interactive with opportunities to share & discuss the latest research findings that inform us why mindfulness and compassion matter!

MCST is aimed at offering a flexible supportive frame to work within that adapts well to a variety of contexts in the work environment.

The aim is to support individuals to build a continuous path to development that is supportive of experiential learning and builds on peer support, mentoring and supervision. It is compatible and supportive of all other mindfulness and compassion trainings. It can support the development of practice in preparation for ongoing development and application to train to facilitate group models such as MBSR and MBCT.

Places are limited for the full certificate training and we are encouraged by feedback & interest!

Wishing you all good health!

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Delirium: Implementing the New NICE Quality Standard Conference

Delirium: Implementing the New NICE Quality Standard Conference, 18 July 2014, London

The conference aims, through policy updates, case studies and extended sessions to share best evidence and good practice in the assessment and management delirium. Sessions include:

Delirium: The New NICE Quality Standard
What are the underlying causes of delirium: latest evidence
EXTENDED SESSION: Delirium assessment and assessment of people at risk
Developing and implementing a multicomponent intervention package to prevent delirium
Improving psychosocial interventions and reducing the use of antipsychotic medication
Improving patient and carer information on delirium
Learning from the National Audit of Dementia

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Dave Anderson, Associate Medical Director, Mersey Care NHS Trust & Member, Delirium Guideline Development Group, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Tracey McErlain-Burns
, Chief Nurse, The Rotherham Foundation NHS Trust

Dr Duncan Forsyth
, Consultant Geriatrician Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust& Member Delirium Guideline Development Group, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Dr Matt Jelley
, Consultant, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Professor Peter Crome
, Chair of the National Audit of Dementia Steering Group, The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Interested in Exhibiting at this Event?
This conference includes an exhibition for delegates to hear about, discover and takeaway details of new products and services.

Download exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities

To discuss sponsoring, exhibiting or including your literature in the delegate packs,
email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Carolyn Goodbody on 01932 429933.

The four health systems of the UK: How do they compare?

New report published by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, assesses the performance of the NHS on the quality of patient care in all four UK countries since devolution.

Download The four health systems of the UK: How do they compare?