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Awareness training for the health workforce

We aim to embed awareness and knowledge of mental health and learning disability issues within all our educational commissions


Mental health problems are very common and NHS staff would benefit from greater awareness, as people with poor physical health are more likely to experience mental health difficulties. Equally, people with poor mental health often also have poor physical health.

We're developing training packages to embed mental health knowledge and awareness within specialisms and the broader healthcare workforce.

Awareness for the whole workforce

In January 2015 we launched a mental health awareness e-learning session. This short programme is designed to give a broad overview of what encompasses mental illness, the link between mental and physical health diagnoses and outline some possible treatment options. The session also provides all staff working within health care with some general strategies to help support individuals who are worried about their mental health, and advice about where to find extra support.

General practice

A suite of 5 e-learning modules for GPs is being developed in partnership with Royal College of General Practitioners.

Liaison psychiatry

With colleagues from Royal College of Psychology, we’re developing e-learning modules for training A&E staff on how to treat patients presenting with mental health conditions.

Crisis care concordat

Five e-learning awareness modules for staff working in A&E are in development with all authors identified, together with an expert partner for each author.

Veterans’ Health

Mental ill-health affects ex-Service men and women of all ages. Some people may not experience symptoms for a few years after leaving the armed forces, or they may put off seeking help.

Work is underway to design an e-learning module aimed at training health professionals to recognise, and raise awareness of, veterans’ health needs across primary, secondary and community care settings. A project steering group has also been established to review and update the current veterans e-learning package for GPs.

Suicide prevention

We're working with National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England and Public Health England to review e-learning material on suicide prevention.

Mental Capacity Act (MCA)

Working with the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, we’ve ensured that all foundation programme trainee doctors have up to date Mental Capacity Act training as part of their Foundation Programme Curriculum. We’re now working with the Department of Health and others to update our e-learning training on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards for medical staff.

We’ll review the MCA e-learning material created in 2012 for relevance and update where necessary ensuring involvement of external experts and the Office of the Public Guardian. This will include investigating sharing Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE’S) MCA e-learning.

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