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National roundtable event for ‘blue light’ services

Health Education England will be holding  ‘Blue Light’ national roundtable event mid-summer 2019. The event intends to bring together leaders from police, police custody health care staff, ambulance, fire, paramedic and search and rescue colleagues. The aim is to develop a better understanding of what is already available on suicide prevention training for such staff, and where more needs to be done. The event will also explore what support is available for staff after such incidents, and look at ways in which HEE can support training to meet identified needs.

This event will be a follow up to an event held on 19 March 2019 where Ms Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention was a keynote speaker. The event highlighted the progress since HEE launched a series of self harm and suicide prevention competency frameworks on World Mental Health Day (October 2018), along with a  ‘We Need to Talk About Suicide’ an e-learning resource, designed to hel pus recognise the part we can play in preventing suicide in our day-to-day interactions.

With NHS England we are also exploring ways to develop the skills of the community health workforce on suicide prevention, as part of our wider work to transform community mental health provision.

Suicide and self-harm are major public and mental health issues and assessing people who present with suicidal ideas or behaviour can be complex. These frameworks,  mark an important step forward in our work to support vulnerable people and contribute to multiagency suicide prevention plans.

The Self Harm and Suicide Prevention Competency Frameworks are on:

  • Working with children and young people
  • Working with adults and older people
  • Working with the public

The three frameworks describe the key knowledge, skills, and attitudes that might be most helpful and effective, for practitioners working with adults, those working with children and young people, and for non-specialists such as employers, those working in education, or the police.

They have a range of applications:

  • developing training curricula for practitioners from a range of clinical and professional backgrounds
  • evaluating existing training
  • evaluating practice in existing services
  • reflecting on and supervising individual professional practice
  • identifying good practice and helping those receiving support to understand what they can expect from their care.

The frameworks were commissioned by HEE and developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health.

There is also a guide on the framework for service users and carers.

More details about the national roundtable event for ‘blue light’ services including date and location will be published in due course.