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Learning Matters - North West Health and Care Awards 2017

Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) is proud to lead the Learning Matters 2017, cross-sector award scheme and regional learning campaign. Developed in partnership with Health Education England working across the North West, this joint campaign recognises the contribution that adult learning makes to individual, community and economic wellbeing as well as the continued development of the health and care sector. Through partnership working Learning Matters will emphasise the importance of developing and harnessing all talent. It will highlight the role and value of innovation. It will underpin a commitment to engage with and learn from patients, carers and the public. It will highlight what can be done to enable the health and care system to support people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in managing their own health and showcase how to work effectively with communities and their assets. Above all else it will demonstrate a commitment to driving learning to promote social mobility and reduce health inequality.

Learning Matters, launched on 3 February and nominations are now open until 12 noon on 10 April. For further information and details of how to nominate see: https://www.vsnw.org.uk/nw-health-awards-2017

As part of a broader Learning Matters campaign we are sharing a free training opportunity to encourage greater cross sector working. Health Education England has funded a unique national pilot Connect 5 ‘Train the Trainer’ Programme working with Public Health England and the Royal Society for Public Health.

Connect 5 is a mental health promotion training programme designed to increase the confidence and core skills of front line staff so that they can be more effective in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing, help people to manage mental health problems and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive changes.

The Connect 5 ‘Train the Trainer’ Programme is a five day training programme for new Connect 5 Mental Health Awareness Champions who will graduate to deliver training within their own areas, supported by the membership a new community of practice, to be developed in collaboration with the Royal Society of Public Health and the North West Psychological Professions Network.

Who is it suitable for?

Staff working in:

Primary Care

Allied Health Professions

Justice and Rehabilitation

Social Care


Social Enterprise and Third Sector

Pastoral, Further and Higher Education Support Services

The Offer: 25 funded Connect 5 ‘Train the Trainer’ places are available to staff working in community, health & social care settings in each of the nine PHE centre areas across England, in collaboration with HEE local areas.

Training Delivery Dates for the North West of England (*attendance will be required for all 4.5 days of training):

21/03/2017, from 9:30am - 1:30pm

22/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

23/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

30/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

31/03/2017, from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Venue: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF (3rd floor Conference Room)

Please be aware there are only a limited number of places available and it is anticipated that demand will be high, so you are advised to register at the earliest opportunity. Registration closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017 but may close earlier should all available places be filled.

For more information about the programme and to register for a place please visit the event page.


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